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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.


BCU Illustration Exhibition

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

This semester Illustration students at Birmingham City University have been working on special challenge. Each student has been given a Stan’s Cafe script and asked to design a cover for it. There are more than 40 students working on more than 20 scripts. The result will be a series of ‘print on demand’ books available to purchase in the Stan’s Cafe shop, but before that the students’ skill and creativity will be celebrated in an exhibition @ A E Harris.

For one day only come and see the many wild and wonderful responses to over twenty five years of theatrical experimentation. The students have titled the exhibition The Something of Somebody, Something quoting a title structure we are fond of. We can’t wait to see it all!

Exhibition @A.E. Harris, 110 Northwood Street, Birmingham, B3 1SZ.
Thursday 17 May From 5pm until 8pm.
There will be nibbles and a cash bar to purchase drinks.

Queer Spaces (CineQ)

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

We’re very pleased to be extending our relationship with SHOUT and to be hosting their Queer Spaces (CineQ) event investigating “what makes a queer space”.

“With a focus on queer people of colour, this evening’s programme will look at life through the lens of an archaeologist and his fixation on people of colour to create his own queer space far from home, a group in London that created a safe space specifically for queer people of colour, and then we look at the gay community as a space, in and of itself.

These films will be tied together with a panel discussion and followed by live music from Zara Sykes.”

Shout 2017

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

GREAT WHITE MALE FIGHT from Rachael Clerke (Clerke and Joy) on Vimeo.

In November we are delighted to be able to welcome both SHOUT Festival and MAC Birmingham to @AE Harris. They are working together presenting a site-specific performance of . This no-wave, drag-king, punk-gig musical is about architecture, idealism and “how we ended up in this mess”.

Hosted by washed up architect/proto-god figure Archibald Tactful (2014 IdeasTap Underbelly winner Rachael Clerke) with anti-virtuoso house band The Great White Males, Cuncrete is a gratuitously sleazy and joyfully noisy critique of alpha-masculinity and the built environment. Expect original music, grotesque posturing, sharp suits and wet cement.

Stay with us for an after party with DJs and an all female line-up of performances from Club Fierce.

Fierce Festival 2017

Monday, September 25th, 2017

PILOT: Trailer from RB Films on Vimeo.

In October we are delighted to welcome back our friends from Fierce who will be hosting elements of their 2017 festival @AE Harris.

On Monday 16 October: Fierce co-pilot PILOT Nights, providing a space where theatre-makers can develop their work and try out new ideas in front of a lively and supportive crowd; the pieces presented are all works-in-progress.

On Friday 20 October: Anne Rochat performs Obsidian which draws on her recent travels in China and the extreme landscapes of the Qinghai Province. The performance promises to be a delicate balance between text, body and substance. This performance is free and no booking required.

Saturday 21 October: Preach R Sun as made a new piece, Lord of Flies (Coronation) especially for Fierce. Based in the USA this is his the acclaimed artist’s first UK performance. This performance is free, no booking required.

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.

Graduates Unleashed: 4th & 5th May

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

graduates unleashed

What is the Graduates Unleashed launch event? A two day festival celebrating the future for aspiring creative professionals in Birmingham.
Visit the marketplace, take part in panel discussions, networking activities and masterclasses with some of the city’s best industry professionals and organisations and much more!
Learn how to become confident in creating your own projects, applying for jobs and gaining the experience and training required to fulfil your dream role.
Build bridges between graduates and potential employers and find out more about the opportunities across the city.
Who is Graduates Unleashed for? Graduates Unleashed is open to those in their final years of education or in early stages of their creative career. Although our event will target young creatives aged 16 – 30, mature graduates and college students are also welcome!

Thursday 4th May: 10.30am – 7.00pm
Friday 5th May: 12.30pm – 7.00pm


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