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

 

For more information you can also leave a comment.

 

Words By Vanessa Ryan

 

 

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UNCLE BEN’S BLOCK PARTY BY REM CONWAY

G.R.A.F.T Productions Rem Conway
G.R.A.F.T Productions Rem Conway

Oh-oh-oo Uncle Ben is back after the drama from the Wedding and a terrible year of battling ill-health, This time Uncle Ben is feeling ‘some type of way’ and decides it’s time to change for the better. In this season Uncle Ben decides to get into the festive mood by inviting his very diverse neighbours round for a small gathering.

With the local sound system booked along with the obligatory party hats, crackers, the mistletoe and the decorative lights all bought all he needs to do is add a hint of rum mixed with a few of his witty jokes.

Uncle Ben is on the hunt to find his soul and change his ways but will he succeed or go back to being his normal self?

Join Uncle Ben and his  special guests for an evening of festive celebrations.

Uncle Ben The Block Party has 4 night runs from Thursday 18th December until Sunday 21st December. 

Early Bird Offer £10:50 (Concession Tickets £8:50)

Family Ticket (4max) £37:50

Please note the Early Bird is only available until 5pm Sunday 30th November 

For schools or group offers please call The Drum’s Box Office 0121 333 2444

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Rem Conway, Actor and CEO of Graft Entertainment  launched Uncle Ben back in 2012 with a part 2 instalment of Uncle Ben The Wedding and now leading on to Uncle Ben’s Block Party. So let me tell you a little bit about this incredibly talented young guy,  His first book Do You Feel Me …The Mind Unleashed is a collection of short stories that he first wrote on his phone.

Graft Entertainment gives young people a break in their careers to get started in theatre, drama and related fields. Rem has built up a strong reputation in the Midlands region for his commitment to other young people and desire to change the community for the better in the process.

So what else do you want to know about Rem Conway? Did I mention that Rem has also played as host, model for various shows across the UK, he has also headlined  The Real Deal Comedy Tours along with the UK top comedians as well has being nominated for the Enterprise Award with Live It.

Rem is an inspiration for young people and an incredible talented young guy.

Get your tickets to see Uncle Ben’s Block Party NOW!!

Do You Feel Me Unleashed is available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/DO-YOU-FEEL-ME-Unleashed-ebook/dp/B009X3T54C

G.R.A.F.T ( Going Relentlessly After Future Treasures)

Keep up to date with Rem Conway via

Twitter: @teamgraft / https://twitter.com/RemConway

Instagram: graftentertainment

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A WEEK OF AFROVIBES

AFROVIBES

UK Arts International in association with Afrovibes Foundation Netherlands presents AFROVIBES FESTIVAL!!  What is Afrovibes all about..? Let me give you all some background information. This year the festival marks 20 years of the new South Africa and will bringing Award Winning Artists in music,theatre,dance,photography and film.

Afrovibes originated in the Netherlands and it’s now into its 11th edition. The festival launched in Britain in 2010 and is produced by the UK Arts International. The festival starts in Amsterdam, The Hague,Utrecht, Eindhoven and Rotterdam, Whilst Britain are in for a treat from the 13 October 8th November this year AfroVibes will be touring a total of 17 venues around the UK .

Afrovibes is seen as more than just a show and more like an up close and personal experience centred in the Township Cafe, with free events,family workshops, live music and much more.

Here in Birmingham The Mac and The Drum join forces and bring you a whirlwind of artistic performances from the Monday 20th October -Saturday 26th October.

YES!! that’s six days for you all to be involved and enjoy the festival especially if you have never heard of Afrovibes before.

Biko's Quest  Thurs 23rd October  7.30pm @ The Drum  Early-bird Tickets £8.50/£6.50 concs Standard Tickets £10.50/£8.50 concs
Biko’s Quest
Thurs 23rd October 7.30pm
@ The Drum
Early bird Tickets £8.50/£6.50 concs
Standard Tickets £10.50/£8.50 concs
The Soil launch the festival at The Mac Birmingham   Mon 20 October  From 8pm Earlybird Tickets £10 (£8 concs) Tickets £12 (£10 concs)
The Soil launch the festival at The Mac Birmingham
Mon 20 October
From 8pm
Early bird Tickets £10 (£8 concs)
Tickets £12 (£10 concs)
See the award winning  play Skierlik @ Mac Birmingham Tues 21 October from 8pm Earlybird Tickets £10 (£8 concs)  Tickets £12 (£10 concs)
See the award-winning play Skierlik @ Mac Birmingham Tues 21 October from 8pm
Early bird Tickets £10 (£8 concs)
Tickets £12 (£10 concs)

For Birmingham Shows Book your tickets from The Mac’s Box Office 0121 446 3232 Website macbirmingham.co.uk

The Drum Box Office 0121 333 2444 website the-drum.org.uk

Afrovibes tour dates across the UK 

13th October 

Stratford Circus- London

The Albany- London

Taliesin Arts Centre- Swansea

20th-25th October

The Mac –Birmingham

The Drum- Birmingham

Chapter-Cardiff

The Courtyard –Hereford

26th October

South Hill Park-Bracknell

The Black-E & Unity Theatre – Liverpool

Contact- Manchester

Nottingham Lakeside Arts

3rd November

The Dukes-Lancaster

Live Theatre & Northern Stage-Newcastle Upon-Tyne

Summerhall- Edinburgh

Centre for Contemporary Arts- Glasgow

To find out more information about Afrovibes, shows and artists check out the website www.afrovibesUK.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AfrovibesUK

Twitter: @afrovibesUK #afrovibesUK

WEEKEND REVIEW BEX LIVE | BASHMENT HOUSEWIVES

Greetings all,

Is it me or does it seem like every year on October 4th there is always ‘stuff’ on? So here in Birmingham UK I found myself at various places, two in specific which was BEX LIVE and a reality theatre production Bashment Housewives.

BEX LIVE is the ideal place for sponsors, exhibitors and vendors to raise awareness and expose their brands where they can interact with a multitude of potential consumers. This a family event that celebrates the black community through creativity, entrepreneurship. This year BEX LIVE took place at South & City College and the Custard Factory.

When you look at this flyer, what would you expect to see?
When you look this flyer, what would you expect to see?

Whilst every year this event really creates a buzz/hype around the city and has previously lived up to the buzz, however this year I was little disappointed to not see as much effort as myself and others may have previously experienced.

Compared to last year where BEX LIVE took place at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, people had something to see, from catwalk, to hair competitions and performances to enjoy. This year I felt BEX LIVE 2014 lacked that little bit of excitement. I was disappointed to see the fashion/catwalk show that the beautiful models strut some gorgeous pieces designed by South & City students didn’t receive much of a reaction from its audiences. Whilst I am grateful that Black Exposure was a free ticketed event, I do wonder if it was a charged event would people of got their money’s worth?

Although I did see some beautiful jewellery and new clothing labels that deserve exposure and I am happily to say that I took that opportunity to grab some business cards as I will be featuring some of the businesses here in the next few weeks as part of celebrating Black History Month and for the love of unique creativity.

My overall experiences was just shocking in comparison to last year. I would like to see Black Exposure comeback bigger and better for next year and I would suggest different venue to give it the GLAM it truly deserves.

Bashment HouseWives

Finally to round off my weekend, I amongst a crowd of 350 attended the sold out show Bashment Housewives at The Drum’s Art Centre. I would like to congratulate the cast for selling out the first of two showings. Overall it was good and very relatable production if your familiar with the whole rags to riches lifestyle. My interpretation of the scenes were based upon areas such as Sutton Coldfield or Solihull with a hint of urban goodness to spice it up.  I loved how the audiences could easily compare the production and characters with the US Reality show ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta.’ Whilst the concept was humorous and gave us a few laughter lines, however there were elements of BHW what could have been little better in terms of grasping flow of the story and making the scene changing little discrete.

I remember the first scene changer took longer than it should have and just looked so sloppy that the crowd made some remarks that was quite cringe-worthy. There was also some scenes that seemed prolonged and unnecessary and it also felt like some of the actors struggled to get into their characters where as others could really interact with the audiences well.

Towards end we saw the similar style of RHOA, where the host brings the characters together and goes through all of their problems and how they might move on from the drama. This particular piece was very effective and well received amongst the audience.  As the next showing of Bashment housewives is scheduled for December 7th @ The Drum, I would suggest that they use this experience as a way to improve the performances and really tighten up on the timing of changing the scenes and the acting in general so people can feel that they got their money’s worth.

On the whole well done to Tennexa and the crew

Remember you can purchase your tickets for Bashment Housewives now @ The Drums Box Office 0121 333 2444

Also check the website for What’s On @ The Drum http://www.the-drum.org.uk

Look out for my Black History Month Features throughout this month and New Favourites | New Music

Words by Vanessa Ryan

Twitter @Funkynessa

AWARD WINNING PANDORA’S BOX

Spora Stories presents Pandora’s Box

Written by Ade Solanke

Directed by Shade Oladiti

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BE SURE to not miss award-winning tragicomedy about a family’s struggles with Love,Loyalty and Betrayal. As Pandora’s Box is currently hitting stages around the Uk, The Drum proudly presents Pandora’s Box Wednesday 1st October 7 PM.

Nominated for Best New Play, OffWest End Awards; shortlisted for the Nigeria Prize for Literature 2014, Africa’s top literary award Winner, Best Playwright, Nigerian Entertainment Awards and African Film Awards.

Pandora’s Box tells the story of a mother who has a hard of choice of whether she should leave her streetwise and rebellious son in Lagos to learn discipline an strict boarding school, which she hopes will change his attitude toward life.. or should she return with him back to the battlefields of London where a future of diaspora, violence and uncertainty awaits?

A funny and poignant play. All parents agonise about education. For Black and Diaspora parents, race and culture make the decision-making even more complex.”Diane Abbott MP

“Honest, simple and enthralling … What makes this play incredible, is not only the humour that runs throughout, but the real life portrayal of relationships … absolutely brilliant”Public Reviews

“It’s firecracker theatre … as touching as is it hilarious.”The Stage

“A lively soap opera of family dramas and bubbling resentments which touch on issues of identity, heritage, mothering and the motherland … Pandora’s Box buzzes with life and the tensions of real people.”Guardian

Find out as this breath taking production gives us an insight into the pressures of universal parenthood, followed by an exclusive meet-and-greet Q&A with the writer, director, actors, and community leaders to mark Nigeria’s 54 Independence Day Celebrations

Personal Invitation from Ade Solanke

Book your tickets now from The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444, or visit www.the-drum.org.uk

Pandora’s Box 

Wednesday 1st October

Tickets £12:50 (£10:50)

Find out more about SporaStories

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Website:  sporastories.com