We are getting started on our activities for the city-wide Connecting Communities project with our focus on Druids Heath and we need some volunteers to help out at the workshops we’ve got planned.

The first is a Halloween craft workshop on Friday 31st October at Manningford Hall in Druids Heath. If you’re free and interested then please get in touch or if you can’t make this date but would still like to get involved drop us a message anyway, we’ve got a series of workshops planned between now and next February so there will be plenty of opportunities.


China Plate opportunity for new Producers

China Plate

The Optimists 2014

We are looking for up to 15 individuals, either recent graduates or members of emerging theatre companies to participate in China Plate’s 2014 pan-Midlands producer training programme.

In the last 2 years, have you …

  • Set up a new theatre company?
  • Decided to become a professional theatre maker?
  • Started to produce theatre work professionally?
  • Decided that you want to build a career making theatre?
The Optimists 2014 offers a vital introduction to the craft of making work in a professional context and building your professional network.

Over 6 day-long sessions (each in residence at one of our partner venues) participants will attend a series of workshops focussing on the practicalities of making, funding, touring and marketing work.

The course will be led by Ed Collier and Paul Warwick of China Plate working in partnership with staff at each partner venue.

As well as a grounding in producing your own work, the programme will offer an insight into venue programming and producing strategies and introduce you to key regional and national theatre presenters, makers and funders.

“I came away from the programme feeling braver, more informed and more optimistic about making theatre than I ever have. I have so much information now and met a group of people who are experiencing many of the same challenges.”  Caroline Horton

Places on the scheme will be awarded free of charge and reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

For further details, and to apply click on the link and scroll down to find our Jobs and Opportunities.

Networking Meeting: Wednesday 17th September at Ingot Studios

Our next Networking Meeting takes place on Wednesday 17th September 2014 6-7.30pm at the Ingot Studios, 95 Charlotte Road, B30 2BT

We shall be discussing Art SOAK 2015 and Friends of the Earth are coming to talk about their ‘Let’s Get Moving’ campaign. We are also hoping that someone from the Kings Norton Village Canal Festival 2015 shall be coming to talk about their plans. Join us for a cuppa & a biscuit and informal networking with like minded folk!