ROSA PARKS-THE HIDDEN JOURNEY CASTING CALL

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After the success of 2 sold out shows last year and with HIGH DEMAND!!  The casting auditions for Rosa Parks The Hidden Journey production are set to start this coming Saturday 21st May. This production will be showcased as apart of Black History month in October @ The MAC  (The Midlands Arts Centre).

 

Do you want to be in this  brilliant production?

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Here is what you need to know

 

URGENT CASTING CALL OUT FOR A COMMUNITY STAGE PRODUCTION

DO YOU WANT TO BE PART OF A THOUGHT-PROVOKING CIVIL RIGHTS PLAY DIRECTED BY LORNA LAIDLAW? IF YES, THIS COULD BE FOR YOU, READ ON……….

OPEN AUDITIONS FOR STAGE ACTORS & ACTRESSES, AGE 18 AND ABOVE, BLACK & WHITE, AMATEUR OR EXPERIENCED

SOUTHERN AMERICAN ACCENT ADVANTAGEOUS

MUST BE AVAILABLE FROM JUNE – OCTOBER, FULL COMMITMENT REQUIRED.

The Production will be shown as part of the Black History Month 2016 (October) launch at Midlands Arts Centre (MAC)

AUDITIONS TO BE HELD ON:

SATURDAY 21 MAY 2016, 3PM – 6PM.

PERRY BEECHES BAPTIST CHURCH, PERRY BEECHES ROAD, GREAT BARR, B42 2HF.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALL AUDREY ON 07457 168 119

 

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Words By Vanessa Ryan

 

 

THIS IS IT!!

THIS IS IT! Birmingham

Landing your dream job in Birmingham’s creative industries


Youth employment charity The Creative Society is bringing its acclaimed road show to Birmingham Hippodrome on 12 September

Prominent figures from the city’s vibrant arts scene will join key employers such as IKON Gallery, mac Birmingham, The Drum and Birmingham Rep in a day-long event to show young people exactly what it takes to make it in the world of music, performance and the visual arts.

The Creative Society is an arts employment charity that helps young people into jobs in the creative and cultural industries through a diverse range of projects including the Creative Employment Programme. The charity has supported over 1000 unemployed young people into placements in the arts.
www.thecreativesociety.co.uk

Following up on the success of similar events in London, South Shields, Bristol and Manchester, THIS IS IT! Birmingham will provide a unique opportunity for young people in the city to get real advice from the professionals.

Already confirmed for 12 September are music producer Paul Simm, who has worked with the likes of Amy Winehouse and Sugababes and Beano cartoonist and graphic artist Hunt Emmerson.

As well as inspirational speakers, the day will include practical workshops on career-boosting skills such as freelancing, entrepreneurship and digital marketing led by nationwide creative network IdeasTap.  and offer a platform for them to create their own professional networks through collaboration with peers whilst receiving expert support and advice from leading industry professionals.

THIS IS IT! events are about recognising and developing the potential in young people regardless of where they come from and democratising access to careers in the creative industries. We are working in partnership with Arts Council England, Creative & Cultural Skills and UK leading arts organisations to deliver a series of live and interactive events across the country for over 6,500 unemployed 16-24 year olds from a variety of backgrounds, including participants of the Creative Employment Programme. www.thecreativesociety.co.uk/projects/this-is-it/

To attend this event get your tickets from http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/this-is-it-birmingham-tickets-12408878289?aff=eorg

For more information click on the www.thisisnetwork.co.uk

http://www.thecreativesociety.co.uk/

Pantomime Production Vacancy

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Production/Theatre Company for The Drum Seasonal Pantomime

The Drum is seeking a professional production company to create ‘Birmingham’s Intercultural Panto’ capable of bringing together and entertaining the cities diverse audiences. We would like the show to link to the city’s local stories, and engage a community cast.  We are seeking professional practitioners that can produce a family pantomime with wide casting appeal.

A number of visiting companies have presented pantomimes at The Drum before. These have been targeted specifically at our Jamaican audience. This year, we are seeking to commission a Panto that is unique, innovative, reaches our wider audiences and generates Box Office income. This year will be a pilot that we aim to build on in the future.

The contract is for 4 performance days with an option to extend through a Box Office split if demand is high. To meet our requirements we are looking to award the full provision of a pantomime where the successful tenderer is fully responsible for all aspects of the production which includes the following:

•Schedule (Rehearsals etc.)

•Script

•Set & Costumes

•Cast

•Lighting & Sound

•Choreography and Dancers

•Chaperones

•Licences

•Music

•Stage Management

•Marketing & Publicity

The fee £10,000 inclusive

To apply please email v.ryansmith@the-drum.org.uk for an application pack

Deadline for applications Mon 21 July 2014

For more information please contact:

Martin Cox
Programme and Arts Manager
The Drum
0121 333 2425

 

BE A VOLUNTEER @ THE A34 & SIMMERDOWN FESTIVAL

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WANT TO BE INVOLVED WITH THE A34 FESTIVAL & SIMMER DOWN FESTIVAL

if you are interested in helping out at the A34 Festival, Simmer Down or some of our other events please email your name and number to j.markman@the-drum.org.uk

The Drum | 144 Potters Lane | Aston | Birmingham | B6 4UU

Box Office:     0121 333 2400 / 2444

   Fax:                0121 333 2440

Website:         http://www.the-drum.org.uk

Facebook:      TheDrumBirmingham 

Twitter:           @the_drum

 

 

 

 

 

COMPOSER COMMISSION OPPORTUNITY

 

 

 The Drum

 

Original Dishes Advert                                                                                                      

Title: Composer Commission Opportunity for Simmer Down festival 2014

Overview

 Simmer Down is offering a unique opportunity to an emerging, young composer in the West Midlands. The Original Dishes commission is a partnership with The Drum Arts centre. We would like to commission an original piece of music that will open the Simmer Down 2014 festival (20th July 2014) and mark the 20th Anniversary of the Drum Arts Centre.

Simmer Down is one of the fastest growing festivals in the UK with an anticipated audience of 15,000 in 2014. It is a unique, intercultural festival celebrating Birmingham’s cultural landscape with a programme including Reggae, Hip Hop, Bhangra, Qawwali, African, European, Kurdish and Much more.The Drum Arts Centre is the UKs Premier Intercultural Arts centre.

 

Commission Brief: Original Dishes

The proposed piece should represent and celebrate the intercultural nature of Birmingham and its rich creative, cultural mix.

This fantastic opportunity provides:

  • £1500 inclusive fee (composition, performers/musicians materials)
  • Rehearsal and staging costs.It will be the responsibility of the commissioned composer to manage this budget, contracting performers, musicians, collaborators and additional equipment if required. Rehearsal space can be provided at the Drum at no additional cost.
  • The cost of staging the commission (Stage PA, lighting) are included as part of the Simmer Down festival itself.
  • The commission should be between 10 – 15 minutes in length and feature a minimum of 3 performers.
  • The performance will be staged at the Simmer Down festival on 20th July 2014.
  • The commission is open to any young musician or collaborators age 18 – 25 who are resident in the West Midlands (Please Note: it’s not necessary that performers should meet this criteria or the age criteria).
  • The piece can involve collaborations with other art forms (dance, film etc).

Timetable

Date/deadline Activity
31st May Deadline for submissions
3rd June Selection panel meet
9th June Announce Commission
4th July 1st Instalment paid to artists
20th July performance
Ongoing Project evaluation
28th July Final instalment

 

Assessment Criteria

  • Eligibility
  • How will it meet the brief? (above)
  • Artistic quality: Originality and musicianship/professional ability
  • How well it fits with the festival programme
  • Audience development potential: Will this reach new audiences for Simmer Down
  • Practicability
  • How to apply   
  • Vanessa Ryan-Smith Programming Assistant
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  • If you have any questions regarding the commission please contact:m.cox@the-drum.org.uk
  • The Drum Arts Centre
  • Martin Cox, Programme & Arts Manager 0121 333 2425
  •  144 Potters Lane B6 4UU
  • Birmingham
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  • V.RyanSmith@the-drum.org.uk
  • To apply, please return a completed application including 3 examples of your work to:
  • V.RyanSmith@the-drum.org.uk
  • An application pack is available for download from www.the-drum.org.uk. For a word version please contact.