Uncle Bens Block Party Guest List

There’s just 3 weeks to go until Uncle Bens Block Party comes to The Drum, and we are very excited. We know that Christmas is a special time for family and friends to get together and be merry together, but it doesn’t always go that way for Uncle Ben! He decided it’s time to make amends so he’s throwing a party, he’s bought the party hats, crackers, booked a local sound system and stocked up on a few bottles of Rum…

So let’s go and meet the rest of his guests; the first person we’ll meet today is Robert’s mother Valerie, a single mother from Jamaica working hard to make ends meet. She is flirtatious with Ben and is on a mission to get him on her side. Robert and his mother don’t always seem to see things the same way!

Next is the ghost of Vivian, Collet’s mother, who sadly passed away shortly after having her youngest child Ryan. She was a very humble, calm, wise and gentle lady who loved her family. Collet has struggled with her mother’s death growing up and tries not to talk or think about it.

Last, but not least on the guest list is Simon, Collet’s first love! He used to live down the road from Uncle Ben’s family. Over the years he has grown up into a very successful businessman, setting up his own insurance company, which is now worth multi-millions. He’s been out of touch with the neighbourhood, but now he’s now back… and ready to re-kindle things with Collet!

Make sure you join us and get into the Christmas spirit, with our early bird offer only available until 5pm, Sunday 30 November, tickets to the party are priced only £10.50 (£8.50) and a Family Ticket for just £37.50*. To get your tickets to the party by calling The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444, or visiting www.the-drum.org.uk

* Please note that the family ticket entitles either, two adults and two children or one adult and three children to attend.

Gangs in Focus – Dem Boyz, Thu 4 & Fri 5 Dec @ The Drum

Like many cities across the country, gang-related crime is a very real and current concern in Birmingham. Between fractured family lives, few opportunities and feeling rejected by society, many young people become caught up in gangs, finding support and a feeling of purpose. But at what cost?

This sensitive issue is just one of the topics explored in Dem Boyz, a hard-hitting new production showing at The Drum on Thu 4 & Fri 5 Dec.

Created and performed by Year 2 BA(Hons) Applied Performance (Community and Education) students from Birmingham School of Acting, and directed by Course Leader Hannah Phillips, Dem Boyz uses a fusion of Spoken Word, Music, Dance and Physical Theatre to engage audiences in a serious discussion of gang association amongst disaffected young adults growing up in the inner city.

“Cultivated and combined, the old me re-defined

I’m part of a gang, a real bloodline,

Hold up the family sign.” – Production Quote

Incorporating issues of youth violence, drug addiction, sexual exploitation, mental health and loss, the production aims to raise awareness with both young audiences and the wider community, working together to safeguard and empower young people. The show has already been enthusiastically supported across Birmingham, with a dozen local schools and colleges booking tickets for their students.

Powerfully honest and beautifully produced, The Drum are proud to support this amazing new production, and hope you’ll join us in doing the same. To book tickets, call The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444 or visit www.the-drum.org.uk

Click Here to learn more about Birmingham School of Acting

Edgbaston Arts Champions Commissions @ The Drum

The Drum always look to inspire more artists and organisations to work with us to engage the local community, providing opportunities to enjoy arts and cultural events as both audience members and artists themselves.

As the Arts Champions of Edgbaston district (Bartley Green, Edgbaston, Harborne and Quinton) The Drum and Edgbaston Arts Forum are offering artists, voluntary and community organisations the opportunity to submit proposals to work with us to programme events for our Spring Season 2015. Between January and March 2015, they’ll have the opportunity to lead workshops, share work in progress, and deliver full-scale artistic projects with The Drum’s full support.

The Drum are interested in proposals that reflect their programme of intercultural arts activity and provide opportunities for all areas of Birmingham’s diverse community through Music, Theatre, Spoken Word, Dance, Film and Visual Arts. All ideas and art forms are welcome, and should reflect the Arts Champions scheme priorities:

• To reach existing and/or new groups in the District to develop participation and increase engagement
• Respond and add value to the research undertaken by Local Arts Forum into community arts engagement
• Provide opportunities for artist development and volunteering
• Provide opportunities for local people to influence the programme
• Address Edgbaston district priorities of improving community life, building social capital, improving wellbeing and community engagement
• Offer professional development for young and emerging artists aged 19 – 25 years of age from the District.

If you have an idea for a project you want to share with the community, get in touch. To submit your expression of interest please contact Ian Sergeant, Arts Development Outreach Manager, on 0121 333 2418 or email i.sergeant@the-drum.org.uk 

Norms of Conduct, Sat 6 Dec @ The Drum

The Drum are proud to invite you to a unique event created and performed by our friends at Rutherford Dance Company Youth (RDC Youth). The mysteries of human nature and behaviour are brought to life through three unique pieces of experimental contemporary dance in Norms of Conduct on Sat 6 Dec at 7:30pm.

Norms of Conduct is a fascinating combination of three individual productions crafted by esteemed choreographers Adam Rutherford, Rosie Kay and Carlos Pons Guerra, performed by a cast of vibrant young dancers from RDC Youth, three separate subjects combining for one insightful exploration of human character.

Dance of Possession draws on elements of tribalism and trance to create a mystic and magical experience. Part of Artistic Director Rosie Kay’s wider investigation as to how anthropological sources can inspire today’s art, movements are set to historic recordings from Colombia, Cameroon and Central Africa.

Costa Del Sol is set under the blazing sun of dawn in Marbella. A group of young tourists perform their rites of summer, disrupting a picturesque flamenco postcard with a sacrificial rumpus of explosive and kitschy dance by choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra.

Artistic Director Adam Rutherford’s What Sexuality Is Love? explores the notion of oppression across the world through a breakdown in laws that protect everyday human rights. The show will also feature an exclusive bespoke curtain raiser by Initiate Youth Dance Company, and a special performance of RDC Youth’s 2014 – 2015 signature piece Forge.

Under the artistic direction of Adam Rutherford, RDC Youth provides professional training opportunities to talented young dancers, working with experienced choreographers to produce new original work performed across Birmingham and beyond. Members can work towards Arts Awards certification and choreograph their own new work with the company, with members moving on to positions at prestigious dance conservatoires across the UK including Trinity Laban, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and The Place.

We hope you’ll join us for this fascinating display of contemporary dance. To book tickets, call The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444 or visit www.the-drum.org.uk, and Click Here to learn more about RDC Dance.

Meet the Family! Uncle Bens Block Party

There’s just 4 weeks to go until Uncle Bens Block Party comes to The Drum, and we cannot wait! As Christmas is a special time, we’d like everything to go perfect, but that is not the case! After getting some unexpected news from his doctor and some very strange dreams, he’s decided it’s time to make amends and change his ways for the better! Uncle Ben has booked the local sound system, bought his party hats and crackers, and stocked up on mince pies, samosas, fried dumplings and a few bottles of Rum! Everything’s going perfect… until his family cause some trouble! So let’s meet a few of them…

The main man is Uncle Ben! He is a single father who’s raised his kids alone, whilst struggling to maintain his home, he is working hard to pay off his mortgage and raise his family up the right way. He’s very close to his friends and family, especially his daughter Collet, who he’s always there for.

Next, we meet Collet, who is Uncle Ben’s daughter and married to Robert. She has always struggled with her mother’s death, but is very close to her father. They don’t agree at times, but they always have love and respect for each other.

Robert is Collet’s husband, and was bundled into a quick marriage when Collet decided she didn’t want to reach a certain age and still be single, but the marriage is on the verge of ending, and tensions are running high between them both.

Next week, we will meet another 3 characters from Uncle Bens Block Party, so be sure to keep a look out!

Make sure you join us and get into the Christmas spirit! We still are offering our early bird ticket, which is only £10.50 and a Family Ticket for just £37.50, available until 5pm on Sun 30 Nov! All you need to do is call The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444, or visit www.the-drum.org.uk

Affinity III – Gospel Link 360 return to The Drum!

Prepare to experience Gospel Music like never before. After two previous sell-out shows, Gospel Link 360 return to The Drum with Affinity Part III on Sat 15 Nov, with tickets only £7.50. 

Affinity III is the latest product of GL360’s ongoing mission to unearth new creative talent from across the West Midlands, drawing together singers, dancers, rappers, musicians, artists and DJs to create a second-to-none Live Band Showcase of the very best in modern Gospel Music.

Led by the passion and experience of the visionary C.E.O Roger Moore, GL360’s productions have gone from strength to strength since 2012’s Affinity, which drew records crowds. Things got even bigger with Affinity 2 in 2013, before stripping back to the more raw and acoustic Manifest earlier this year.

“It’s in my heart to be a musical revolution that defies logic in the Musical world,” says Roger Moore. “In the past we have featured top talent from the West Midlands, and we are now broadening our horizons with over fifteen artists on the night singing all their own material.”

Combined alongside GL360’s mentoring and development programme for young creative talent in the arts, Affinity III promises to be even bigger and better than ever, with an all-star line-up of top quality creative talent including David B, Entitled, MOBO Award-nominated Faith Child, Jade Richards, MafDotYou, Martha J, Natty Joshia, Ni Sheng, Possible P, Treblez and many more.

Affinity Part III is the perfect event for those that love the full spectrum of creativity, with GL360 boasting a huge assortment of musicians and performers, covering everything from Rap to Classical Vocals and piano to turntables. Make sure you don’t miss this amazing night of inspirational music.

To Book your tickets for only £7.50, call The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444 or visit www.the-drum.org.uk

For more information visit www.glrecords.co.uk, like GL Media on facebook, and follow on Twitter @gl360 and #Affinity3

Stop Press! Our Festive Pantomime is nearly here!

It’s getting closer to Christmas, and we’re looking forward to our amazing pantomime! Uncle Ben is back, and he’s bringing all his friends and family for one very special weekend, so if you missed the last shows, don’t worry, just relax and read along!

This will be the third time that Uncle Ben and his family have come to The Drum. We first meet them back in 2012 when Uncle Ben first arrived, with a disastrous dinner party full of short tempers and family secrets. The play also addressed the social topic of absent fathers and how important family unity is. Things weren’t much better when Uncle Ben: The Wedding returned in 2013, with tensions running high, as Uncle Ben argued with his son in law Robert, as well as finding out he may not have long to live.

So this year we have even more drama! With lots of tears, fights and secrets coming out! After the shocking news of his illness and an enlightening dream Uncle Ben is on a mission to be a better person. He invites his neighbours around for a party from all different nations. After a phone call from the doctor confirming that he is free of cancer and the problem in his stomach was actually trapped gas!

There’s more to this pantomime story, so to find out more keep a look out next week!

Make sure you don’t miss out, by booking your early bird tickets for just £10.50 or your family ticket for just £37.50! Call The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444, or visit www.the-drum.org.uk . In the words of Uncle Ben – “Mek mi tell yuh sutten… buy yuh tickets!”

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Rehearsals have begun for Uncle Ben’s Block Party @ The Drum

After a busy summer of fantastic events, we’re warming up for winter here at The Drum and getting in the Christmas spirit preparing for this year’s panto. Our old friend Uncle Ben is back, and he’s bringing all his friends for one very special weekend of festive fun at Uncle Ben’s Block Party from Thu 18 to Sun 21 Dec, with a special Matinee performance on Fri 19 Dec at 2pm.

Brought to you by our long-time friend Rem Conway of GRAFT Entertainment, this brilliant new production has just started rehearsals. With a fantastic cast, and a few very special guests to be announced, this patois-panto is guaranteed fun for the whole family.


For this special occasion, we’ve got a very special Early Bird Ticket Offer. Book before 5pm on Sun 30 Nov, and get tickets for only £10.50, and a Family Ticket for four people for only £37.50! Bring the kids, bring the grandparents, and kick off Christmas in style!

This will be the third time the hilarious Uncle Ben family have come to The Drum. We first met them back in 2012’s Uncle Ben, with a disastrous dinner party full of short tempers and family secrets. Things weren’t much better by 2013’s Uncle Ben: The Wedding, with tensions running high as in-laws argued.

Things have calmed down a bit since then. Uncle Ben’s been sick all year, but is determined to turn things around by inviting his very diverse neighbours over for a good old fashioned block party – and of course, you’re all invited!

He’s booked the local sound system to supply the music, brought party hats, crackers, mistletoe and twinkling lights – all that’s needed to complete the merriment is his witty jokes and a few bottles of rum! He’s got the best intentions… but will he succeed or fail miserably? You’ll have to join us to find out!

Make sure you don’t miss out. To book your tickets, call The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444, or visit www.the-drum.org.uk . In the words of Uncle Ben – “Mek mi tell yuh sutten… buy yuh tickets!”

Please note that the Family Ticket entitles either two adults and two children or one adult and three children to attend.