Bromsgrove Arts News

  • Tue 16 Aug 2016

    BROMSGROVE's Artrix and Birmingham Repertory Theatre are joining forces to give young aspiring actors the chance to make it on stage.

    Artrix Young Rep, which is launching in Bromsgrove in September, will enable 14 to 19-year-olds to develop their acting and improvisation skills alongside industry professionals.

    There will be performance opportunities at Artrix and Birmingham Rep and participants will have the chance to produce contemporary theatre that is inspiring, vibrant and fun.

    Artrix director Hannah Phillips said: "We are delighted to be partnering with Birmingham REP and offer this exciting training opportunity for young people in Bromsgrove who are serious about acting and performing."

    Youngsters taking part will train each week with an experienced Birmingham Rep theatre director.

    Steve Ball, associate director at the Rep, said: "We are very excited about the opportunity to engage with young people in Bromsgrove and develop a working partnership between Artrix and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre."

    Artrix Young Rep is set to launch on Wednesday, September 21 at Artrix. Sessions will then take place every Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm and will cost £110 per term.

    To book, or for further details, visit artrix.co.uk or call the box office on 01527 577330.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser

  • Sun 14 Aug 2016

    MORE than 500 visitors headed to Avoncroft Museum over the weekend to find out more about the turbulent medieval era.

    History really was brought to life by 100 knights who also converged on the venue on Saturday and Sunday (August 6 and 7) for the Buckingham retinue event.

    As well as the re-enactors, there was also demonstrations of the costumes of the time, how the food was prepared and a talk on weapons and armour, archery and firepower.

    Whilst medieval battles took place, there was much merriment provided by performances of medieval music and dance and younger visitors got to join in with the drills, try on armour and take a closer look at the weapons used.

    Museum director Simon Carter said: “It was a really event for us and we had over 550 visitors over the weekend. the weather was kind to us and people found out a lot about the late medieval and early Tudor eras from these fantastic professional group of re-enactors.”

    For more information about Avoncroft Museum events, go to www.avoncroft.org.uk

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Fri 5 Aug 2016

    MUSICIANS are urgently needed to lead the Sunday worship at Beacon Church Centre in Rubery.

    The Beacon Church Centre is the only free church in the village and the Sunday morning service usually attracts between 30 and 40 people, with that raising to more than 100 on special occasions.

    The appeal follows the death of the church’s last organist.

     

    The ideal person or people would be Christian and have experience of playing either an organ, keyboard, piano or guitar.

    They must also be familiar with contemporary and traditional hymns and songs and, ideally, would be available once or twice a month for the 11am Sunday service and occasionally the 6.30pm one.

    This is a voluntary position, but a small retainer will be offered to cover expenses.

    Anyone interested should call Rev Ian Ring on 01562 710231 or e-mail him at revianring [at] aol [dot] com to find out more about the role or to discuss it.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Tue 2 Aug 2016

    MUMS, dads and young children flocked to Artrix on Sunday (July 31) for Bromsgrove’s first ever Baby Rave.

    And the event was so successful, the next one has already been planned for November 6 when Jessie DJ will be playing a mix of 90s tracks and CBeebies tunes.

    The Baby Rave is suitable young children and during the show families can relax in the chill-out area of the studio and those aged up to three can try out soft play areas. Drinks, snacks and ice creams are available to buy from the Artrix Cafe.

    The venue’s director Hannah Phillips said: “We’ve already had some great feedback following Sunday’s event and we hope more families will want to join us for our second Baby Rave.”

    The next Baby Rave will be between 2pm and 4pm on November 6.

    Entry is free for those up to six months and tickets for those aged six months to a year are £3. There is no upper age limit and admission for children 12 and over or adults is £5.

    Call 01527 577330 or visit www.artrix.co.uk for more information or tickets.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Sun 31 Jul 2016

    BROMSGROVE’S first Street Theatre event of the summer certainly pulled in the crowds at the Rec.

    Jaardu the Magic of India and Angie Mack’s Hula Hoop Show were the first acts to take to the stage on July 27.

    A day later, Matt Pang with Thingamabob and Bread and Butter Theatre were in Wythall Park.

    Next up is Circus Fudge – Blunderfudge – and Stickleback Plasticus – at Catshill Village Meadow tomorrow (Monday).

    On Thursday, Angie Mack’s Hula Hoop Show and Bell and Bullock – Cabin Fever – come to Hagley Park.

    The final performances will be next Wednesday (August 10) with Matt Pang – Thingamabob and Circus Fudge – Blunderfudge – at Bromsgove Rec and the very last one will be at St Chad’s Park in Rubery next Thursday (August 11). That will see Bread and Butter Theatre Co – The Cowboys and Stickleback Plasticus Cats Choir perform.

    Val Wilson, Bromsgrove District Council’s arts and events officer, said: “The first street theatre performances went really well – loads of people attended, despite the threat of rain.”

    She added the acts, crafts and live entertainment all delighted the crowds and there was still plenty more to come at the other venues in the coming weeks.

    Visit www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/street-theatre for a complete list of performances or call the arts and events team on 01527 534030 for more.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Fri 29 Jul 2016

    BROMSGROVE will get its first ever ‘drive-in’ movie screening when Artrix shows hit musical film Grease later this month.

    Residents will be able to add even more enjoyment to their ‘Summer Nights’ with the showings of the 70s singalong classic on August 19 and 20.

    Bosses are hoping the event will lead to a sell-out audience predicting that Grease will be ‘the one that they want’.

    In addition to the film, a choice of pre-bookable meals are available to choose from with each ticket. Some food, alcohol and other refreshments will also be available to buy on the night.

    Artrix Director Hannah Phillips said: “We are looking to use our spaces at Artrix in innovative and interesting ways which is why we are so excited about launching our drive-in movies in the car park in August.”

    The team at Artrix will not be ‘alone at a drive-in-movie’ as presenters from BBC Hereford and Worcester are arranging their own special screening of singalong Grease on the Saturday (August 20) at 3pm in the Artrix auditorium.

    Tickets for the screening at Artrix are £20 per car, with a maximum of five people per car. Parking is available from 7.30pm and the film begins at 9pm.

    Tickets for the singalong screening are £10 each and proceeds will go to BBC Children in Need.

    Visit www.artrix.co.uk/grease or call 01527 577330 for more information as tickets are sure to sell out like ‘Grease Lightning’!

    Story by Rebecca Ward.....reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Fri 22 Jul 2016

    YOUNG people can showcase their singing, dancing or music skills by participating in Rubery’s Got Talent.

    The contest, which takes place on August 14, splits contestants into three age categories – under 12s, 12 to 16-year-olds and over 16s.

    There are prizes to be won and the chance to perform live on the main stage at Rubery Festival.

    E-mail Tony Maslen at a [dot] maslen [at] blueyonder [dot] co [dot] uk or call him on 0121 457 9308 for more information.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Mon 18 Jul 2016

    AN ART trail is being set up around Bromsgrove to promote the Primrose Hospice and the good work it does.

    It has been put together by the Canal Side Studios which asked its local artists to produce pieces based on the Primrose.

    So far 20 local traders have supported the campaign and will display the different works in their windows in the town centre from Monday (July 18).

    They will be on show for a fortnight and it is then hoped the exhibition Artrix or to the library and the Primrose Hospice so it can be all seen in one place

    Justine Humphries, local artist, founder and director of Canal Side Studios, said: “We were surprised to find, after talking to a volunteer, that the hospice is a small local charity.

    “As the Primrose Hospice has a few shops we were under the impression it was a much larger organisation and thought other locals may also assume the charity was bigger.

    “As the Canal Side Studios is a local non-for profit organisation, we felt we were in a position to help raise awareness of the hospice’s needs by asking out local artists to produce art based on the Primrose.”

    Prints of all the artwork will be available for a small donation with proceeds going to the charity.

    Any other local shops or artists interested in taking part should call Justine on 07725 488513

    To find out more about the work of the Canalside Studios visit http://www.thecanalsidestudios.com/ and Primrose Hospice visit www.primrosehospice.org 

    This article reproduced by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Sat 16 Jul 2016

    BLACKWELL Concert Band is holding a training band workshop on Thursday (July 21) from 6.30pm til 7.15pm at Catshill Methodist Church Hall.

    The band was set up recently, coordinated by teacher and trombone player Craig Sproston.

    It is looking for anyone who can play a brass or wind instrument at grade one to three or thereabouts, those who are learning at school or have played in the past, to go along to the session led by an experienced conductor.

    For more details or to book places, e-mail Craig Sproston at sprozzy24 [at] gmail [dot] com or call him on 07737 253574. Residents with no instrument or who cannot attend on that day should get in touch anyway and arrangements may be made.

    Visit www.blackwellconcertband.co.uk for more on Blackwell Concert Band.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Fri 15 Jul 2016

    BROMSGROVE Library is hosting an event for visitors to find out about learning opportunities.

    On Tuesday (July 19) between midday and 4pm, anyone can sign up for courses and chat with professionals.

    Free and paid sessions for those getting back into employment, changing career, recreational courses and courses alongside childcare are available.

    Coun Kit Taylor, acting leader of the council, said: “You’re never too young or old to learn something new – the world is your oyster.”

    There will be an array of stalls and advice available during the sessions which are open to all ages.

    For more information contact the library manager on 01905 822722 or Early Help on 01527 534150.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard