Bromsgrove Arts News

  • Mon 25 Sep 2017

    A BROMSGROVE animal charity is calling on local artists to design and exhibit a collection of dog kennels as part of an international charity project.

    The Blue Cross is inviting creative artists, designers and builders to take part and raise funds for homeless, abandoned, sick and injured pets cared for by the charity.

    The scheme began in March 2017 when the charity joined US based Outdoor Arts Foundation to launch ‘BowWow Haus London’, a public exhibition of bespoke dog kennels which will be displayed at sites across London.

    Each kennel will be auctioned to the highest bidder in May 2018. So far there are 80 participants from across the globe, including architects Russian for Fish and Design Haus Liberty and designers Shiro Studio.

    All have come up with contemporary and unusual takes on the traditional ‘mutt hut’.

    Visit www.bluecross.org.uk/bowwowhaus or email bowwowhaus [at] bluecross [dot] org [dot] uk to find out more or to take part.

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  • Mon 25 Sep 2017

    A NEW theatricals, drama and activities club will be launched in Bromsgrove this weekend.

    The sessions, which run every Saturday between 11am and 12.30pm, begin at All Saints Church Hall, Burcot Lane, starting on September 30.

    They are run by Ashleigh Lowe who has run similar sessions in Rubery for the last six-and-a-half years and has decided to expand into Bromsgrove.

    She said: “Using drama as our key tool, our weekly workshops are crammed with lots of fun games and activities all devised to help children develop news skills.

    “Some of which include social skills, confidence development, speech, memory, creativity and team work but most of all they are extremely fun.”

    Anyone wanting more information can visit www.facebook.com/THEATRICALSclub/ or call Ashleigh on 07527 700625.

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  • Mon 25 Sep 2017

    A FUND-RAISING concert in aid of the restoration fund at St John the Baptist Church, Longbridge Lane, will be performed by the Bel Canto Singers on Friday, September 29.

    The event, at the church, will start at 7pm.

    Tickets, which include refreshments, are £6 and will be available on the door.

    The programme will feature Bel Canto singing a variety of popular pieces, including solo pieces by choir members.

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  • Sat 23 Sep 2017

    A BROMSGROVE girl has landed a lead role in the upcoming Nativity! The Musical which begins in Birmingham in October before touring six different theatres nationwide, including the prestigious Hammersmith Apollo in London.

    Amy-Louise Mulhall, nine, was handed her principal place back in July and started her rehearsals this week.

    Amy began her acting career from the age of seven when she played orphan Molly in Annie in 2016 at Redditch’s Palace Theatre.

    In preparation for her latest role Amy took part in a talent show at John Fowler Holiday Park and won her age category singing a cappella for a performance of ‘Maybe’ from Annie. Her portrayal won her a place in the finals and a holiday to compete there.

    Amy, who attends the Pauline Quirke Academy every Saturday, loves acting and singing and also recently played a role in Peter Pan at The Palace Theatre.

    She said she was really looking forward to the journey Nativity would take her on, describing landing the role as ‘a dream come true’.

    Her dad Frank Mulhall, who owns Bromsgrove Doors and Windows, said: “All of Amy’s family and friends are extremely proud and excited about her role and can’t wait to see her, some already have bought their tickets.”

    Visit https://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk for more information on the show.

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  • Tue 8 Aug 2017

    THE LATEST offering from the Fairbourne Dodders will be farcical British romp Touch and Go by Derek Benfield, writes Kieran Kelly. The show, at Dodford Village Hall on August 18 and 19, features all the good elements of farce – secret love affairs, slamming doors and dropped trousers. It centres around Brian who, while his wife Hilary thinks he is jogging, is spending hours with his girlfriend Wendy at his good friend George’s flat. In the meantime, George is spending time with Hilary, until Jessica, George’s wife, returns unexpectedly, from a business trip to America. Performances start at 7.30pm on both nights and the play is not suitable for children. Tickets are £12, which includes supper, and the bar will open all night. The hall has disabled access. For more information, call James on 07946 715220 or 0121 447 7403.

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  • Tue 8 Aug 2017

    THE ANNUAL Summer Showcase at Bromsgrove Folk Club will take place on Thursday, August 10. Four new acts will perform at the Catshill Club from 8pm. Among them will be The Way Out from Loughborough, Worcester young progressive folk rock trio Solstice, young Brummie soul inspired singer songwriter Philippa Zawe and Serenity, a four-piece folk band from Alvechurch. Serenity will perform traditional folk and tunes with Eastern European influences. Bob Bignell from Bromsgrove Folk Club said: “All of these acts will be anxious to convince our audiences they are worthy of a full spot at either the club or festival.” Admission is £4 for members and £6 for non-members. The club is continuing with its policy of admitting under 25s half price admission and a year’s free membership. For more information, visit www.bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk or call Bob on 0121 476 5938.

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  • Sat 5 Aug 2017

    CROWDS flocked to the latest street theatre event held at Catshill Meadow on Monday, writes Kieran Kelly. Those watching were spellbound by the magic, comedy and stunts which took place. The show featured Jason Maverick and the Bread and Butter Theatre Company which impressed the audience with their skills and tricks. The series of free events have been organised by Bromsgrove District Council and have been taking place in Bromsgrove, Catshill, Romsley and Wythall. As well as the live entertainment there are also a host of stalls and other things to do, such as children’s craft activities. A council spokesperson said: “So far the street theatre has been very well received and we were impressed with the number of visitors that braved the rain to attend our relocated event last week.” The final two events will take place at the Bromsgrove Rec on Wednesday, August 9, where visitors can expect to see Bruce Airhead and The Maniax and the final one will be in St Chad’s Park, Rubery, on Thursday, August 10, which will feature Angie Mack and the returning John Maverick.

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  • Sun 30 Jul 2017

    THERE will be plenty of family fun at Bromsgrove’s Avoncroft Museum throughout the six weeks summer holidays. From Monday, July 31, to next Friday, August 4, there will be traditional fun and games, including board games, kite flying, and other outdoor activities. The following week, Avoncroft’s Big Build will provide building themed activities. Youngsters will have the chance to design a new building for Avoncroft. From August 14 to 25, Avoncroft will be turned into the Land of Legends, with many fantasy themed activites, centering on folklore and local legends. Visitors will be tasked with searching the grounds for the mythical beasts that lie in wait for aspiring adventurers. From August 21 to 25, there will be the Great Avoncroft Bake-off. All junior cooks are invited to test their skills in the kitchen and cook something special. Visitors will also have the opportunity to help with historic household chores around the museum. The month ends with a bank holiday festival to celebrate the end of the summer with some traditional fun for the whole family. The last event of the season continues beyond August, running from August 29 to September 1. The Big Avoncroft Dig will see young archaeologists and budding historians help dig up important artifacts, and maybe even part of an ancient building? Visit www.avoncroft.org.uk for more information.

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  • Wed 19 Jul 2017

    THE BROMSGROVE Folk Festival makes a welcome return to The Bowling Green Inn, Shaw Lane, Stoke Prior, next weekend.

    On the Thursday evening, July 13, there is the Pre-Folk Festival Singin’, Suppin’ and Session. There is an eclectic music session in the pub and/or an acoustic night in the mini marquee. That event starts at 8pm and is free.

    On the Friday evening, July 14, is resident band Fairfield, Don McKinnon, Keith Donnelly Ursula Holden Gill and Quicksilver. It starts at 4pm in the mini marquee and the main marquee at 7pm.

    On the Saturday, July 15, the music starts at 5pm in the mini marquee and 7.30pm in the main marquee. The evening will feature The Lost Notes, The Gen Bartley Band, 3 Daft Monkeys and The Melrose Quartet.

    On Sunday everything is free, including the walk in the morning, the brunchtime fun in the mini marquee and singin’ and suppin’ with Stitherum in the main marquee, the World Foam Flinging Championships, Step on Board and the Festival Finale.

    Tickets are £24 for Friday night, £37 for Saturday all day, £18 for Saturday up to 6pm and £25 for Saturday after 6pm.

    Alternatively, it is £47 for the whole weekend.

    Visit http://www.bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk or call 0121 476 5938 for more information or www.bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk/festivaltickets.html for tickets.

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  • Tue 18 Jul 2017

    THE ANNUAL general meeting of the Bromsgrove Art Society will take place at 7.30pm on July 19.

    It will be held at the St John Ambulance Centre, Barnsley Hall Drive, Birmingham Road.

    On the night, as well as a summary of the year’s demonstrations, there will also be a report on the success of the annual art exhibition.

    Next year’s Bromsgrove Art Society programme will be published in August with events starting again in September.

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