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Affection by Outbox Theatre

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

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

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

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

Gardens Speak (Tania El Khoury)

October 2nd, 2014

After a week of fixing blackout, wiring mini-speakers and loading in tons of soil Fierce Festival bring Gardens Speak by Tania El Khoury to AE Harris.

Across Syria, many gardens conceal the dead bodies of activists and protect their living from the violent thrusts of the regime. These domestic burials play out a continuing collaboration between the living and the dead, the dead protect the living by not exposing them to further danger at the hands of the state and the living protect the dead by conserving and nurturing their identities and their stories in the ground, by not allowing their deaths to become instruments to the regime through potential disappearance, anonymity and forgotten history.

Gardens Speak is an interactive sound installation containing the oral histories of 10 ordinary people who have been buried in Syrian gardens. Each narrative has been carefully constructed with the friends and family members of the deceased to retell their stories as they themselves would have recounted it. They are compiled with found audio that evidences their final moments.

2 – 5 October and 9 – 12 October

Audience numbers are limited. Timings and booking information can be found HERE

Billy The Kid – His Life In Music

August 5th, 2014

The next show at AE Harris is brought to you by Livestock

Billy the Kid is the first modern anti-hero.
Two men claim to remember him; Chevron Malaise & Acapulco Beans.
It don’t come back easy.

Billy the Kid – His Life in Music is an unlikely evening of reminiscence presented by two ageing cowboys. It has to be said; the stories don’t quite piece together. But with original songs, electronic soundscapes, re-enactments of famous moments in cowboy history and a wider examination of the quest for notoriety by association, the show makes makes for an original fusion of theatre and late night, off-beat humour.

Featuring musician Rex Horan (Neil Cowley Trio, Jazz Artist of the Year 2013) and writer/performer Chris Johnston (RSC and Co-Director of Livestock) Rex and Chris have been working together over several years exploring ways to fuse music, theatre and comedy.

​’Livestock’s latest production is a mash-up of vaudevillian comedy double act, fantastic music and song narrative and some imaginative performance choices which, taken together, make for a sublimely hilarious event.’
Ian Wilkie, University of London

‘It was just great. So entertaining, interesting, hilarious and left us both feeling inspired. Great chemistry between you guys too. Shall be raving about it to friends that’s for sure.’ Jodie Platts

‘Best thing I saw all Fringe Festival this, and possible last year too!’
Jason, Brighton Fringe 2013

Sweet Rockall

June 18th, 2014

After the launch of Kiln and great performance of Fishhead the next event @ A E Harris is almost upon us.

Gibraltar, The Falkland Islands, Crimea… Rockall?

In the wilderness of the Atlantic Ocean there lies an uninhabitable rock. A rock called Rockall. Four countries claim to own both the rock and the oil reserves that potentially surround it (and the fish. Mustn’t forget the fish).

One day, a seemingly innocuous press statement from the Icelandic Government sets the wheels in motion for a diplomatic crisis on a grand scale. In this worryingly believable political satire, egos, sex and crossed wires conspire to bring the world to the brink of war, with Britain’s indecisive Foreign Secretary at the very heart of it. Can he hold his nerve and guide the world towards a peaceful solution?

A new play written by David Gray and directed by Jen Davis, both supported artists on the Birmingham REP Foundry Programme.

It’s Coming Back!

April 17th, 2014

News! Things have been happening @ A E Harris. True, Chapman Driver Seating (a trading division of A E Harris & Co. (Birmingham) Ltd.) are now knocking out stacks of beautiful driver seats where once we all knocked out art BUT next door, devious art moves are afoot. Read the rest of this entry »

Valadictory Performance

September 12th, 2013

To mark the transition of @ A E Harris from large to small format venue Stan’s Cafe will be creating a special, site-specific piece with a cast of guest performers from companies who have performed in the venue over the last five years. The show will be performed on 10th and 12th October. The title is yet to be announced. Please save the date.

Important Announcement

August 15th, 2013

From mid-October @ A E Harris will be converting to become a more intimate venue. A E Harris (Birmingham) Ltd. are taking back the spaces known as Europe, Asia, Africa and The Americas in order to increase their manufacturing capacity and meed increased demand. Stan’s Cafe will continue to occupy the remainder of the venue and operate Australia as a rehearsal space and venue with an audience capacity of 50.

We are no longer taking bookings for the large spaces but are keen to hear from people interested in making independent theatre in Australia.

Many of us will have fond memories of shows in the ‘large format’ @ A E Harris and in order to celebrate this space a final time Stan’s Cafe will be making and performing a special show across the venue… details to be announced SOON.

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