February – August 2016

Theatre | Comedy | Spoken Word | Music|  Dance | Exhibitions | Music

The Drum is putting out a call for submissions for productions and performances for its Spring & Summer 2016 programme which launches in February – August 2016. We’re interested in hearing from artists, promoters, producers, production companies, musicians and performers, who have product or tours that they would like to submit for consideration for this period.

All submissions/proposals need to be received by Monday 12 October 2015 and must include the following supporting information:
·Name, contact details of company or artist(s)
·Biographical details of artist(s) and company
· Synopsis of the piece / gig
· Running Time
· High quality colour and, if available, black and white images
(min 300 dpi at 10cm square, ideally a file size of 1MB or over.)
· Press reviews of previous shows/events (if available)
. Audience feedback from previous or current show (if available)
· Tour Schedule (if applicable)
· Any product, CDs, books, tapes, web and social media links etc
· Any additional special information

The Drum is the UK’s premier intercultural arts centre dedicated to the development, presentation and celebration of arts and cultural activities.

Please address all submissions/proposals to Jennie Gentles, Interim Head of Marketing & Arts and email to j.gentles@the-drum.org.uk or send them to The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU. 

Upfront Comedy … Angie goes down a storm

After a short break for the summer, last Friday night we welcomed the return of Upfront Comedy.  Keeping it in the family were comedy duo Angie Le Mar and her son Travis, with their show aptly titled Mother & Son Standing Up.  As always Angie delivered a heavyweight set.   She stole the show and had everyone in stitches.

We’ve still got three Upfront Comedy shows left for the autumn season so check out the list below.  You won’t want to miss out, so book your tickets now!

Saturday 3 October
Saturday Night Laugh Fever
A full Saturday night special featuring Brixton’s brutal Felicity Ethnic, mixing it up with exciting afrocentric newcomer Athena Kugblenu, and variety in the form of laddish humour from  award winning comics Kevin J and Axel Blake.

Friday 6 November
Big hitters galore on November’s line up, which sees comedy’s duchess Glenda Jaxson, teaming up with veteran rude boy Rudi Lickwood and south Londoner gagster Junior Booker for laughs aplenty.

Friday 4 December
Slick Real McCoy veterans Jefferson & Whitfield head up December’s show with their smooth blend of jokes, musical interludes and bedroom banter; contrasting with the whirlwind that is Annette Fagon, and the urbane wit of Jason Patterson.

Doors open: 7pm
Advance tickets: £13.50 (£11.50 for concessions)
OTD: £16.50
Season ticket: £40

Food available on the night.

Glowing review by Birmingham Mail “…Simmer Down is the ultimate uplifting and family-friendly event.”

Simmer Down Festival is over for another year.

As the fastest growing and most diverse festival in Birmingham, the Simmer Down Festival in 2015 attracted a massive crowd to the beautiful surroundings of Handsworth Park.

The free family fun-day festival which celebrates Birmingham’s rich cultural diversity by paying tribute to the centrality of reggae and other musical genres that make it such a city of culture.

There was a wide range of performances from local musicians and dancers on our second stage to reggae-bhangra fusion, lover’s rock and global reggae superstar, Maxi Priest on our Main Stage.

Off stage, there was plenty of fun activities for all the family including workshops, face painting, bouncy castles and slides for the kids, a community cricket match. There was also a showcase of Birmingham’s diverse cuisine at the various stalls.

We have an overwhelming response on social media as well as a glowing review by Birmingham Mail who said “…Simmer Down is the ultimate uplifting and family-friendly event.” Click here to read the full article.

Now into its sixth year Simmer Down has certainly established itself as part of the city’s festivals calendar.

Young Drum starts this Saturday!

Young Drum had an awesome few months in the autumn. From hosting weekly sessions and end of term sharings to delivering summer school activity for Perry Beeches Academies, taking part in Black History Month and Afrovibes and attending a week-long arts and heritage residential at Ingestre Hall in the October half-term.  It was a busy but brilliant time and now we’re back, with our Dance & Drama Sessions starting this Saturday, from 12pm!

Drama & Dance Sessions on Saturdays, inc. Bugsy Malone, 12-4.30pm term-time

Every term we engage 60+ children and young people in drama and street dance sessions. Take part in beginners and advanced drama and dance sessions and join our Bugsy Malone production which will be followed by creating a devised performance. If you have mad crazy dance skills you may like to audition for Dance Elite and showcase your talents across the city.

Saturday Schedule

12-1pm: Beginners Dance and Advanced Drama

1-2pm: Advanced Drama and Beginners Drama

2-2.30pm: Break & Briefing

2.30-4pm: Dance Elite and Bugsy Malone Rehearsals

Weekdays include:

  • Music on Monday Nights (linked to monthly open mic night), 5-6.30pm
  • Spoken Word on Tuesday Nights (linked to open mic night), 6-7.30pm
  • Open Mic Nights on the First Tuesday of the month, at 7.30pm
  • Film & Photography on Thursday Nights, (with monthly film nights and summer 2015 exhibition), 5-6.30pm
  • Film night on 2nd Monday of the month, from 6-8pm

Join us, for Bugsy Malone!

Join Young Drum for our production of Bugsy Malone by Alan Parker. “A world of would-be gangsters, showgirls and dreamers… except there are no adults in the cast, only children…” Alan Parker. Join our 40 strong cast of young people and be entertained by this classic whilst being served drinks and canapés by the Young Drum artistic team. What’s not to love?! The Performances will be, Wed 25th FebThurs 26th Feb, and Fri 27th Feb, at 7pm, on Sat 28th Feb there will be two showings, a matinee at 2pm and another performance at 7pm. Tickets £3 (£2 concession).

  • Bugsy Malone Intensive rehearsals: Feb half term, Mon 16th Feb – Fri 20th Feb: 11-4pm.
  • Bugsy Malone Production Week: Sat 21st Feb (get-in) to Sun 1st March (get-out).

Arts Awards Drop in Sessions

We are committed to offering young people the chance to achieve an accreditation though working with us and offer a drop-in Arts Award session one hour before Mon, Tues, Thurs and Sat activity commences (Arts Award is available between 11-4pm on Saturdays). This is free and open to all Young Drum members.

Arts Award Club is run term time in café area at The Drum on:

  • Mondays 4-5pm
  • Tuesdays 5-6pm
  • Thursdays 5-6pm
  • Saturdays  11-4pm

Young Drum programme is open to children and young people aged from 7-25yrs.

Membership is just £30 per term or pay as you go at £3 per week.

Tickets available at Box Office: 0121 333 2444.

For more information, contact The Drum’s Head of Learning: r.richardson@the-drum.org.uk / 0121 333 2431.

Happy Holidays From The Drum

Dear Friends

The Drum Team would like to wish you all a fantastic festive break and happy New Year, and also thank you for all your support over the past year…

We will be closed from Wed 24 Dec until Mon 5 Jan 2015 due to the festive period:

You can still buy tickets for shows in Spring 2015, and take a look at our new Spring 2015 Brochure, which includes our Christmas Cracker Offers, available until Sun 18 Jan 2015!

We look forward to seeing you again soon…

Best wishes,
The Drum Team

Only three days until Uncle Bens Festive Block Party!

Uncle Ben, his family and friends are all coming to The Drum, for an amazing and hilarious Block Party starting on Thu 18 Dec! We would love to see you there and enjoy the festive season with us and celebrating in style, with lots of laughs and lots of fun!

We have some special VIP on the guest list, such as Peter Spence, as well as,  DJ Country Man who’s bringing his own sound system and playing  some big tunes! All that’s needed now for the party to be completed is you! With an amazing line-up of actors from Birmingham and the West Midlands, this festive show cannot to be missed! So what are you waiting for!

Tickets are just £12.50 and you can get your family tickets for just £40, by going to www.the-drum.org.uk or calling our box office team on 0121 333 2444.

(Please note that the Family ticket entitles either two adults and two children or one adult and three children to attend)

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.