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Fierce @ A E Harris

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

We are delighted to be hosting two performances that are part of this year’s Fierce Festival. Starting first is Tania El Khoury’s piece The Search For Power – which comes highly recommended. It is a lecture and installation for which audience are back in a section of our old venue in the factory. You are invited to look into archival documents in a piece spinnign off from power outages in Beirut. SOLD OUT!

Next up, and overlapping with Tania’s piece is a sound installation Voicing Pieces by Begüm Erciyas. It’s a piece in which you become spectator of your own voice – there are a limited number of slots available for this piece so please book in advance on the Fierce Website.

There are many, many amazing shows in this year’s festival so please do absolutely everyone a favour by checking out thier full programme.

Brazen – Lorna Meehan

Friday, May 24th, 2019

We are very happy to be hosting Brazen by Lorna Meehan as part of this year’s Birmingham Fest.

An autobiographical spoken word journey exploring coming of age, the nature of hero worship and the difficulty in just being yourself. Why do we get obsessed with idols who are essentially strangers to us? Why do we fixate on fantasies and how far should we push ourselves to be reckless if it’s just not in our nature? Inspired by a deep connection to Jim Morrison and his band The Doors, ‘Brazen’ explores our complicated relationship with bravery, the transformative power of music and how sometimes, the wildest thing you can do is be vulnerable.

Lorna is a professional actor, spoken word artist and playwright. She has acted with local companies such as Women and Theatre, Somesuch and Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust and performed original poetry at MAC, The Rep and Warwick Arts Centre. She is co-creative director of RoguePlay Theatre and has previously performed at Birmingham Theatre Festival with her original one act play ‘The Engagement’, a costume drama parody in rhyme.
As a poet she has performed at festivals such as Glastonbury and Shambala and has toured with Apples and Snakes. She has recently moved into longer autobiographical pieces. Her apocalyptic narrative poem, ‘3 a.m Waitress’, was turned into a dance theatre piece by RoguePlay and received a 5 star review at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
This is Lorna’s first full length solo show.

* Suitable for 18+ (contains strong language)

Performance date: Friday 12th & Saturday 13th July.
Tickets £8 (£6 concessions). Available on the door or in advance HERE

Lorna can be found online HERE

Details of all the other shows appearing at Birmingham Fest in different venues across the city can be found HERE

Birmingham Fest 2018

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

It’s that time of year again when Birmingham Fest rolls into town – a two and a half week feast of performances from across the UK – staged in some of the city’s most interesting venues including The Victoria theatre pub, the Blue Orange and of course @AE Harris. More details about all the shows on offer can be found on the Birmingham Fest Website

We are very pleased to be hosting 3 performances this year …

Surplus by Sharp Theatre

In 1919 the Daily Mail’s front page decreed that there were 2 million ‘surplus’ women who would never become wives following the First World War because there ‘weren’t enough men to go round’. This is some of their stories.

This piece explores the struggle to forge new paths in careers and achievements as corsets were left off and hemlines rose. Denied the vote that they had supposedly ‘won’ with war work as they were not yet thirty, this generation led the way for women to find independence. However, it was not without great sadness, for both sexes and society at large; they felt the world disfigured. These ‘surplus’ women found solace in other people’s children, their work and each other. In an age when for many women becoming engaged is often viewed as an achievement and people are still fighting to live authentic, free lives, the relevance of their journey is alarmingly resonant. The centenary of the end of World War I is approaching but one hundred years ago, for many, it was a beginning.

Surplus is a sharing piece exploring the words and stories of real women from this period.

Suitable for 12+ (some adult themes)

*Following the performance there will be a Q&A feedback session.

15th July
7:00 pm – 7:45 pm

Tickets £5 (£4 concessions).

Fred and Ginger by Gritty Theatre

Rehearsals after school. Izzy is in the chorus and wants to prove herself. She is determined to work her way up through the ranks and eventually secure a lead role, as one day she wants to ‘goo drama college’. Carl is only here because he got caught (allegedly) sellin’ sherbet Dib Dabs cut with washing powder.
Set in a Black Country secondary modern (or, if you will, an ‘Academy’), ‘Fred and Ginger’ is a bostin’ comedy drama that is an homage to those halcyon days at school. It is a reminder that most of us manage to eventually grow up, find our own way, and leave education. But not necessarily in that order…

Brum-based Gritty Theatre are convinced that drama should not only change lives, but also be a part of everyday life for everyone. Their mission is to discover and nurture new audiences by performing a repertoire that consists of modern works that reflect the concerns and issues of the communities that we live and work in. They also tour – not only to share their work with others, but also to fly the flag for the West Midlands!

Suitable for 12+ (‘cos there am a few naughty words in it’!)

20th July
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tickets £10.

The Princess and the E by Tactic Arts

Addressing social issues within the Birmingham student community and drug use in nightclubs, ‘The Princess and the E’ is fun, addictive and dangerous to watch. Taking your typical student night out and flipping it on it’s head, its whimsical humour and dark undertones will create a magical, fairy tale world you will be drawn into. But will everything be back to normal when the clock strikes midnight?

Suitable for 16+ (contains strong language, strobe lighting, adult themes and scenes of drug abuse.)

*Following the performance there will be a Q&A discussion.

22nd July
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tickets £5.


Foghorn Unscripted: What the Dickens?!

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Coming up on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April we are very happy to welcome Foghorn Unscripted to AE Harris with their improvised show ‘What the Dickens?!’

foghorn impro

The World of Charles Dickens has never been more interactive and inviting that in this fast-moving, comedy romp. Preposterous names, ludicrous coincidences and crowd rousing melodrama will delight and astound you, I’ll wager a hundred gold sovereigns!

Come watch the fate of unruly urchins and penny pinching priests as they struggle in their journey to find love and fortune, against adversity, poverty and wickedness. Join us in sumptuous drawing rooms, murky streets and smoky taverns to meet sailors, snobs and silk laden ladies.

Oh and by the way, the audience invent the show’s title – so no two performances are ever the same!

“A veritable banquet of comedic delights”

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ –

“The whole evening had the audience roaring with laughter!”

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Reviews Hub

“There is a wonderful craftsmanship found beneath the foolery”

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Understaged

13th and 14th April 2018, 7:30pm AE Harris


You can find out more about Foghorn Unscripted HERE

An Evening of Sex with Gritty Theatre

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Birmingham based theatre company Gritty Theatre bring their show

“An Evening of Sex*” (*well a few Black Country Playwrights yakking on about it)

to AE Harris on Sunday 3rd December:

Since the foundation of Gritty Theatre, we have been keen to present new writing, and have been gradually making contacts with established local writers, and are encouraging new ones to put pen to paper.
In our humble opinion, the good people of Birmingham and the Black Country are some of the most inventive storytellers in the country (sit down and eavesdrop in any pub in the Midlands and you will hear stories being recounted, with some storytellers even trying to outdo others). Alas, this is where, for the most part, the stories stoically remain.
We have therefore made it part of our remit to seek out these stories, dramatise them, and return them as theatre to the communities from where they once came. ‘Black Country and Brum-based stories for Black Country and Brum-based audiences’, so to speak!
‘An Evening of Sex with Gritty Theatre’ is our first presentation: three Midlands writers and four plays – and yes, we did think long and hard about the implied innuendo!

There is a matinee at 4pm and an evening show at 7pm. You can book tickets HERE and more information about Gritty Theatre can be found on their WEBSITE

The Dutch Lady – Fred Theatre

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

We are very pleases to welcome Fred Theatre back to AE Harris this July. They will be presenting a recently discovered Restoration comedy that hasn’t been seen on stage for more than three centuries.

The Dutch Lady turned up in a manuscript buried in the bowels of Boston public library, in the USA. So far the play remains anonymous.

Forgotten for over three centuries, in February 2017, Dr Joe Stephenson of Abilene Christian University (Texas) began working on the manuscript, and his edition of The Dutch Lady is forthcoming in 2018.

Joe kindly gave Fred access to the script the company will be giving it its first public performances in Stratford upon Avon, London and at AE Harris.

Robert Ball, Fred Theatre’s artistic director says:

“It’s a superbly well-written play, following the exploits of Fuscara, the eponymous Dutch Lady, to marry her way out of financial difficulties. There are additional sub-plots, and very many laughs along the way.

“We’re having a great time rehearsing the play, discovering all the humour, fleshing out wonderful characters that will be new to everyone seeing the show. It’s big, bold, lively and with all the much loved traits of a Restoration comedy. Fred’s production will honour the play whilst presenting it in an accessible way.

The Dutch Lady can be see at AR Harris: 11-12 July at 19:00

For more details and how to book CLICK HERE

Macbeth by 6FootStories – 19th May

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

We are delighted to be welcoming 6FootStories to AE Harris on Friday 19th May with their exciting version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Here is how they describe the show:

In our demented retelling of Shakespeare’s bloody and thrilling classic, three gnarly fortune tellers live apart from decent society, amongst the rats in an old junk yard. Eager to teach the selfish world of man a lesson, they prepare a fortune reading that will destroy a throne and everything around it…

6FootStories invite you to witness their wayward witches go about plotting the fall of Macbeth, rehearsing what they hope will be the bloody and catastrophic aftermath of their prophecy.

Performed by only three actors in an immersive set made entirely of recycled objects, this is Macbeth as you’ve never seen it before. The deranged cast will all play Macbeth, and his wife, and all the other major characters, swapping roles like a gory game of pass the parcel.

Sounds good … but you don’t just get Macbeth – before that show starts 6FootStories will be giving us The Gypsy Lodge, their Swap Shop come fortune telling booth, in the courtyard.

You can find out much more about 6FootStories and these shows on their WEBSITE

There are a few tickets left for this action packed evening to be had via TICKETSELLERS

The night starts at 7.30 in the courtyard. It looks like it’s going to be great.

Sklonište – Sarajevo Show

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Skloniste Tour 2016 [promo2] from Ailís Ní Ríain on Vimeo.

We have an exciting new show coming up @ AE Harris next Thursday, a multi-media performance marking the 20th Anniversary of the siege of Sarajevo. It an extraordinary and under told story. Here is brought back to us via poetry, photography, music and personal testimonies.

It is by Ailís Ní Ríain Tickets can be purchased here. We’re looking forward to it.

Trip The Light Theatre – Not Goodbye

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Following their visit to AE Harris with their show The Sun Shining On Her Hands Trip The Light return on Saturday 15th October with their new show Not Goodbye

‘Not Goodbye’ is a heart-warming comedy, fusing movement, dance and mime to tell the relatable story of a mother and her daughter, exploring the joys and frustrations of life that they share over a period of 25 years.

As daily pressures build and tragedy strikes their family, both women must find a way to communicate and understand one other in order to find a balance between support and independence. The piece conveys the familiar, funny and sometimes heartbreaking relationship between a mother and daughter by presenting a scrapbook of shared moments, using only dance, live and recorded music, mime and movement.

Tickets available online and on the door:
Adults £6
Students £5 (with valid student ID card)


Trip The Light Theatre

This production is suitable for all ages

Affection by Outbox Theatre

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

We are very happy to be hosting Outbox Theatre’s AFFECTION, a new devised show about bodies, intimacy and HIV.

Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October at 7.30pm

This is 2016: More gay men than ever are contracting HIV, confusion surrounds what it is to be positive and undetectable, the government are denying medicine to the most vulnerable and at-risk.

Based on real-life stories, affection is not a victim piece. It is raw, funny and honest. Because it’s about time that we had another conversation about HIV.

More details and box office can be found HERE

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