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What’s on in April

by Catherine Edwards on April 6th, 2012
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I’m about to head off for the weekend for a bit of R&R, before shifting up a gear to tackle the final Festival run-in. So this is a very quick update and overview of what’s happening in the region over the next month.

Fierce Festival is heading into its final weekend. Lots of stuff still to go and see, including Time Has Fallen Asleep in the Afternoon Sunshine, a library of “living books” – of which you get to choose. I thoroughly enjoyed PILOT last week; several snippets of works-in-progress. I particularly liked Action Hero with their slightly absurd rendering of a pre-match boxer stand-off. I suppose it’s an absurd ritual in reality, so is ripe for the picking. It was the combination of the American midwestern-style vernacular delivered in prosaic English accents that really heightened the sense of  disconnectedness. Good stuff.

Later in the month (17-21 April), The Rep premieres Mustafa at the mac, a play by Birmingham writer Naylah Ahmed. You can see a trailer for it here:

The Rep are also looking for your food stories as part of a forthcoming project with Black Country Touring and Foursight Theatre. One of the contributors has given a beautiful tribute to the wonders of the fry-up, which is a little fatal at this time in the morning.

Further afield, The Girl in the Yellow Dress has been getting solid reviews at Theatre 503.

Over in the East Midlands, The Honey Man by Tyrone Huggins is currently touring village halls and community venues.

Alecky Blythe’s new documentary play Where Have I Been All My Life premieres at the New Vic in Stoke (7-28 April). I’ll probably head up to see this at some point. It’s a verbatim-style piece that comes from the heart of the potteries. The actors perform the words from interviews heard through an earpiece, rather than learning the script beforehand. Here’s a bit more information on the making of the piece.

And finally, Birmingham writers’ group Big Script present an evening of short plays at the Blue Orange Theatre from 27-29 April.

That’s it. I’ve probably missed loads, but I think I’ll head for that fry-up now.

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