Pantomime Production Vacancy

Production/Theatre Company for The Drum Seasonal Pantomime

The Drum is seeking a professional production company to create ‘Birmingham’s Intercultural Panto’ capable of bringing together and entertaining the cities diverse audiences. We would like the show to link to the city’s local stories, and engage a community cast.  We are seeking professional practitioners that can produce a family pantomime with wide casting appeal.

A number of visiting companies have presented pantomimes at The Drum before. These have been targeted specifically at our Jamaican audience. This year, we are seeking to commission a Panto that is unique, innovative, reaches our wider audiences and generates Box Office income. This year will be a pilot that we aim to build on in the future.

The contract is for 4 performance days with an option to extend through a Box Office split if demand is high. To meet our requirements we are looking to award the full provision of a pantomime where the successful tenderer is fully responsible for all aspects of the production which includes the following:

•Schedule (Rehearsals etc.)


•Set & Costumes


•Lighting & Sound

•Choreography and Dancers




•Stage Management

•Marketing & Publicity

The fee £10,000 inclusive

To apply please email v.ryansmith@the-drum.org.uk for an application pack

Deadline for applications Mon 21 July 2014

For more information please contact:

Martin Cox
Programme and Arts Manager
The Drum
0121 333 2425

What a Weekend! Thanks for making A34 Festival a Success!

We’ like to say a big Thank You to everyone who came out to celebrate Community Spirit at this weekend’s A34 Festival!

Spirits were as bright as the weather on Saturday, as hundreds of people from Aston, Perry Barr, Newton and Lozells were joined by crowds from across the city for a day of music, dance, arts and fantastic food from every corner of Birmingham’s diverse cultural community.

After kicking things off with an introduction from our hosts Rem Conway and Smash, along with our Local Dignitaries nominated from the community, audiences were treated to a non-stop showcase of local talent.Acts included music from the Aston Mannor Academy Steel Band, the Faraz Khan & Bollywood Academy Bhangra and Dhol drummers, the African Roots Fusion Band, the Saif-ul-Malook Orchestra, Somali artist Aida’rus, and a selection of local poets and lyricists presented by Andrew Soul. There was also spectacular Spoken Word from the Beatfreeks Creative Superheros, seriously smooth moves from Tru Streetdance, and raw roots reggae from Vybroc and Gabbidon.

Outside and inside The Drum was a festival of arts and crafts stalls and delicious foods, plus all manner of creative workshops for the crowds to enjoy.Strawberry Words offered drama workshops alongside Faraz Khan’s Bollywood Workshop, while Birmingham Royal Ballet shared some of their secrets in dance workshops, the perfect accompaniment to Aston Manor Academy’s dance performance. DC14 taught aspiring poets how to unleash the power of Spoken Word, and the Tewahedo Drumming Group showed audiences the intricate rhythms of Palm Drumming, while young screenwriters got the chance to create their very own online drama or comedy show with the BBC Writers’ Room Future Talent Workshop. Plus there was the chance to brush up on your IT skills with the Digital Inclusion workshops from Midlands Heart Investment.

The Kid’s Zone was busy all day too, with Face Painting, Games, Arts & Crafts, Sports, and even Piñatas! Forget the football, the real knockout excitement was right here at the A34 Dominoes Tournament!

It was a fantastic day, and we couldn’t have done it without you! A huge thanks to everyone who came out to share the day with us, all the performers and artists who kept us entertained, and all the staff and volunteers who made the day happen. We’re already looking forward to next year, and we hope you’ll join us.

Did you take some great photos of your own on the day? Then why not share them? Our friends at Some Cities are creating an archive of images of the places, people, music, arts, food, and parts of everyday life of Birmingham to share with the world, and your A34 Festival photos can be part of it! You can submit images via Twitter simply by using the hashtags #somecities and #brumfotos, submit directly to the Some Cities website at www.some-cities.org.uk, or email your photos to birmingham@some-cities.com

Calling All Journalists! Simmer Down Press Conference Needs You!

Calling all budding journalists! Are you a blogger, Youtuber, Tumblr or Tweeter following the Music and Festivals scene in Birmingham? Want a scoop that’ll up your traffic and make you part of something special? Then we need you!

This Fri 20 June, The Drum will be holding an exclusive Press Conference to meet the Headline Acts of Simmer Down Festival 2014 – international Reggae Legends Steel Pulse , master of Ragga Fusion Apache Indian with his band Reggae Revolution, and chart-topping Reggae band Musical Youth.

You’ll have a chance to meet the artists, take some photos, and find out all about their roll in this year’s festival – then take your exclusive and share it with the world!

Now in its fifth year, Simmer Down Festival 2014 is a free day of family fun in Handsworth Park on Sun 20 July, celebrating Birmingham’s rich cultural diversity with a wide range of live performances, arts events, education workshops, and a huge range of delicious food stalls.

Think you’ve got what it takes to get a great story and let the world know about Simmer Down? Then get in touch! DM us on Social Media, call us on 0121 333 2420, or email n.lunt@the-drum.org.uk with some info on what you can do!

Create the Next Big Thing with the BBC Future Talent Workshop at A34 Festival

Have you got a story you’d love to tell, but just can’t find the right words, or the right place to tell it? Think you could create the next big smash hit TV show? Then the BBC Writers’ Room Future Talent Workshop could be just what you’re looking for.

Future Talent is your chance to create your very own original online drama or comedy pilot, anopportunity to bring your ideas to life and write, produce, perform, direct and edit your very own pilot webisode, that could end up being turned into an online series.

Work by yourself or with friends, film on an HD camera of just use your phone. However you do it, this is your chance to bring your characters to life to tell the stories you want to be heard. The best pilots will be showcased online, and the winners will be given the opportunity to develop the series idea through BBC Writers’ Room.

Interested? Then click here to book yourself a ticket, or to find out more about the project, you can visit www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom

City of Pictures – Share your photos of A34 with Some Cities

Always snapping photos? Got a good eye for a prize picture? Then grab your camera and get clicking, because we need you!

The A34 Festival is shaping up to be a fantastic day for all the family, with Musicians, Dancers, Spoken Word Poets, and much more taking to the stage! But the day’s not just about the performers – it’s your chance to share your creativity too!

The Drum is proud to be working with Some Cities, a city-wide social project inviting photographers to share their images of Birmingham with the world.

All images are hosted on a dedicated website to create an enormous collage of the places, people, music, arts, food and parts of everyday life which make Birmingham such an amazing city, including A34 Festival!

You can submit images via Twitter simply by using the hashtags #somecities and #brumfotos when you Tweet a photo. So whether you’re dancing at the main stage, taking part in a workshop, or just on your way to join the fun, snap a photo, and it might be added to the Some Cities archive!

Not on Twitter? Not a problem. You can also submit directly to the Some Cities website at www.some-cities.org.uk, or email your photos to birmingham@some-cities.com

So keep your eyes open, and it could be your photo that immortalises A34! Good Luck!

Andrew Jackson and Dan Burwood, the team behind Some Cities, have also partnered with creative, cultural, academic and voluntary organisations across Birmingham to offer training, public talks, bursaries, workshops and sharing events to anyone interested in photography, whatever their experience. If you’d like to have a chat about how you could benefit from any of these events, drop them an email at info@some-cities.org.uk – they’d love to hear from you!

A34 Festival & Open Day, Sat 21 June, 12 noon – 6pm @ The Drum

The A34 Festival and Open Day is a brilliant mix of all the best bits of a festival, right on your doorstep! We’re closing Potters Lane to traffic for the day and building a stage to host entertainment for all the family, including Live Music, Dance, Spoken Word and much more.

We open the day with a welcome from our hosts Rem Conway and Smash, renowned local performers and stars of Bangin the Drum, who’ll kick things off in style! We’ll also be joined by three corss-generational Local Dignatries nominated from the local community, who’ll help get the party started. 

You’ll be treated to a medly of marvelous music all day, with dancing beats coming from the Aston Mannor Academy Steel Band, the Saif-ul-Malook Orchestra, the Faraz Khan & Bollywood Academy Bhangra and Dhol drummers, and the African Roots Fusion Band to name just a few! There’ll also be spectacular Spoken Word from the Beatfreeks Creative Superheros, seriously smooth moves from Tru Streetdance, and raw roots reggae from Vybroc and Gabbidon. Make sure you dont miss a minute!

The party continues inside, as The Drum hosts a huge range of arts and crafts stalls and creative workshops, with decorations and bunting specially made for the day by the pupils of Chilwell Croft Academy.

Brush up on your computer skills with a Digital Inclusion workshop; learn the tricks of Spoken Word poetry with DC14; unleash your inner rhythm with the Tewahedo Drumming Group Palm Drumming workshop; or create your very own online drama or comedy show with the BBC Writers’ Room Future Talent Workshop.

For our young friends, there’ll be the chance to join YGB to flex your acting muscles with the Strawberry Words Drama Workshop, or learn some moves with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Spaces are limited, so make sure you call The Drum Box Office to book your place!

There’s also a special Kids Zone with Games, Arts & Crafts, Sports, and even Pinatas! And for the grown ups, why not try your luck and face off in the A34 Dominoes Torunament!

There really is something for everyone, so come join the community and be a part of A34 Festival!

Come Join The Fun!

For all the latest festival news, you can call The Drum Box Office on 0121 333 2444, visit us at www.the-drum.org.uk, Follow us on Twitter @The_Drum, and keep up with all A34 news with #A34Fest, #somecities and #brumfotos

We look forward to seeing you very soon… 

The Drum Team