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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

Birmingham Fest 2016

Monday, July 18th, 2016

We are very happy to be hosting 4 Birmingham Fest shows this year.

We have This is always the result from Brighton based Gus Watchman on 19th July, Hats Off To Laurel And Hardy by Lucky Dog on 24th July at 2pm, River’s Up by the Reactor Factory on 29th July at 7pm and Loving Monica by Blancmontage Theatre on 31st July at 2pm.

Details of all these shows can be found on the Birmingham Fest website

The Sun Shining On Her Hands

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

This Friday 11th and Saturday 12th March we are looking forward to hosting Trip The Light Theatre’s show The Sun Shining On Her Hands

Inspired by Georg Büchner’s ‘Woyzeck’ and using real-life accounts of gender discrimination, this explosive visual production explores the struggle to be recognized as an individual in our modern world.
Using dynamic dance sequences, original music and a marriage of modern and old text, The Sun Shining On Her Hands is a unique theatrical creation that will leave you wanting more.

“Great work from a new young company” Total Insight Theatre

Friday 11th and Saturday 12th March at 7.30 pm


Romeo and Juliet – Fred Theatre

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

From 11th to 21st November Fred present Romeo and Juliet at AE Harris.

Romeo and Juliet

FRED returns to Shakespeare this autumn with a fresh, energetic, and engaging production of ROMEO & JULIET. In a contemporary setting, FRED re-tells one of the greatest love stories for a new generation, and reveals a play of extremes. Love and violence. Tragedy and comedy. Euphoria and despair.

More details on the Fred website

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