BRUM BEATS

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. . . Brum Beats is a CIC organisation that has been set up to undertake educational and community projects within Birmingham, as well as deliver opportunities for creating and developing a better understanding of what good Theatre is all about. It is a non-profit making organisation.
 
Brum Beats is about . . . discovering what makes Birmingham, well, Birmingham
 
  • exploring what it's really like to live, work and play in the UK's Second City
  • understanding how we can best take part in this enormous Global community we live in
  • getting insights and knowledge about today through exploring the past
  • creating Theatre that is about developing a community and the people in it
  • exploring how mental & emotional health issues affect each one of us
  • working with Schools and Colleges to provide education for students and non-students
  • delivering workshops to better understand Theatre and how to create devised Theatre.

 

Brum Beats is a big undertaking, and an extremely important one. We often talk of belonging to a Community, but until we have a strong sense of what being part of this City is all about, we believe it becomes that much harder to achieve. Creating a vigorous and exciting form of Theatre is, we believe, very important if we are to achieve our aim, and to that end we have created a series of Workshops and Performances.

 

Good Theatre can help provide that understanding, but it cannot do so without the active support of other people - individuals and organisations - who are passionate about the place we live, work, or play in.
 
Creating the Theatre of Birmingham,
for and by the people of Birmingham . . .
 
Exploring what it's really like to live, work
and play in the UK's Second City . . .

 

Understanding how we can best take part in
the enormous Global community we live in.

 

Working Together
Brum Beats is a new and exciting way forward for participatory Theatre, created here
in Birmingham and one that is unique in the country. It is our belief the current system
of approaching Fringe Theatre has long nededed an alternative approach such as this.
Through this approach we want to establish a continuous cycle of production
opportunities throughout the year. Please get in touch if you would like to take part.
​Our Vision

 

Our Brum Beats initative is a big undertaking, and an extremely important one. We often talk of belonging to a Community, but until we have a strong sense of what being part of this City is all about, we believe it becomes that much harder to achieve.

 

Good Theatre can help provide that understanding, but it cannot do so without the active
support of other people - individuals and organisations - who are passionate about the
place we live, work, or play in.

 

 

The Plays

The Nativity 2015

​​St.Paul's Church, Jewellery Quarter, December 2015

 

A re-telling of the Nativity, based on the Mystery Plays of the 15th Century that incorporates the contemporary stories of a Jewellery Quarter Big Issue seller and the regulars of a Pub in Great Hampton Street, Birmingham. This hard-hitting piece of social drama was performed by a company of 11, half of which had links with the Jewellery Quarter. The cast were a mixture of first-time, amateur, and professional actors.
 
One Christmas Eve

​​St.Paul's Church, Jewellery Quarter, December 2014

 

The story of a Mom, Dad, and daughter on one Christmas Eve, as they all face the impending special day. Living their respective lives in Hockley, Bartley Green, and the Jewellery Quarter, they have much to think about, decide upon – and to then do.
 
 
Parklife - the play

​​Old Joint Stock Theatre, July 2013

 

One fine morning, in the centre of Birmingham. Everywhere’s people, milling about, getting about their business, enjoying the sun, totally switched off, chilled. Or maybe not.
 

"Five Strangers make a drama"
by Ben Macnair for remotegoat

 

   'Inamoment' theatre has produced a number of acclaimed and ground-breaking shows over the past few years. In 'Parklife' we meet four strangers, who tell us something about their lives, their hopes for the future, and their current frustrations. A Big Issue seller links the stories, with a few of his own tales. In Pigeon Park, under the shadows of Birmingham Cathedral all of these tales unfold.

   In all these five monologues contained a lot of dramas in small lives, at the ending and beginning of something new. Told in real time, throughout an action packed theatre, and devised by the actors themselves, with help from Frank Bramwell, this was a fine show, that packed some laughs, and a lot of pathos, into its far too short running time.

   You can identify with the five characters in different moments of the play. And it certainly is the kind of story that goes through the minds of many who seek a few minutes of quiet on the lawn of St Phillips Cathedral at lunchtime.

   It's a lively performance by a small theatre company.

Kicking Off

Old Joint Stock Theatre, November 2012.

it's now and it's here - what happened in Birmingham in 2011. A look at how the Riots affected each and everyone of us, in some shape or form - and what might happen if they were to happen again.

The Projects

Well-being

 

We hold weekly sessions where we use Theatre techniques based on Sandford Meisner to help people get started creating and enjoying Theatre.

We host Workshops that help people who take part to create their own stories. We believe these stories are very important to each of us, and when approached correctly the stories can help tap into deep perspectives, over a wide spectrum. No treatment is involved, for we believe the act of creation in itself provides the necessary impetus to bring about a degree of resolution.