Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Meet the Makers of Theatre

Fuel presents…


Meet the Makers

New Theatre in Your Neighbourhood, a home-from-home for theatre producers Fuel. Led by co-directors Louise Blackwell and Kate McGrath, Fuel are dedicated to bringing fresh experiences to adventurous people across the country. Work that makes people laugh and cry, and creates a playful relationship with its audiences, showing them something unexpected.

NTiYN was created to transform those relationships. It began as a research project into better touring and now in the second phase Fuel are collaborating with seven towns to which they tour work regularly to create work specifically for those communities.  Malvern Theatres will be hosting three Fuel shows this autumn: Fiction 14th Oct, This Last Tempest 4-5th Nov, Love Letters Straight From Your Heart 18-19th Nov.

As part of this work, we would like to invite you to an informal get-together to talk about theatre in Malvern and surrounding areas. Fuel want to meet people in the area who make and watch theatre, and find out more about what they are seeing, what they would like to see come to Malvern, what’s great about the local scene and what’s frustrating, and what difference Fuel might be able to make. Fuel will tell you more about our blog, and invite contributions, so people across the UK can find out more about what’s happening in your neighbourhood.

This meeting will be hosted by theatre-writer and blogger Maddy Costa. Maddy has written for the Guardian and Exeunt, and works on New Theatre in Your Neighbourhood with Fuel, hosting post-show discussions and blogging about the project. Maddy is a co-founder of Dialogue, an organisation that seeks to build new relationships between the people who make, watch and write about theatre.

Please meet us on Tuesday 7th October at 7.30pm at The Brewer's Arms, West Malvern WR14 4BQ  


Friday, 26 September 2014

Open Call To Artists

Making More Of Outdoor Arts

Posted: 24 Sep 2014 02:53 AM PDT

———————REMINDER: 10 DAYS TO GO———————-




Deadline for submission of proposals: October 2nd, 5pm

Frantic by Acrojou – A 2014 commission.
Grime by Ramshacklicious – A 2014 Commission
As part of our commitment to supporting the development and creation of inventive outdoor/street art in the UK, Without Walls invites artists and companies from any discipline to request support for the creation and touring of new outdoor work for presentation and touring in 2015.
We will of course consider ALL work on merit and the strength of the applications, but we will prioritise investment in work that meets one or more of these agendas:
The Legend of Hamba by Tiata Fahodzi – A 2014 commission
Innovation, risk and new boundaries
We are keen to support artists to experiment with new ideas and techniques, digital technology and ambitious material.
Small scale work
Small scale work from any discipline but that is suitable for playing on a variety of settings both urban and rural.
Culturally diverse and deaf and disabled artists
We are committed to supporting work that is led by and features culturally diverse & deaf and disabled artists.
Before you begin your application, please ensure you read the guidance noteswhich outlines the criteria for eligibility and contains information regarding Without Walls’ artistic policy and commissioning funds.

These guidance notes also contains the answers to many of thefrequently asked questions

We also suggest that you review the Without Walls programme archives which contains information about the work we have supported in the past.

Deadline for submission of proposals: October 2nd, 5pm

For more information please visit the Without Walls website.

Without Walls is a consortium of seven festivals in the UK.
The consortium members are: Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, Brighton Festival, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Mintfest, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Stockton International Riverside Festival and Winchester Hat Fair.
Without Walls is managed by XTRAX

Tickets now on sale for Each Slow Dusk, The Hive - Friday 7 November


Tickets now on sale - Each Slow Dusk by Rory Mullarkey

Friday 7 November, 7pm at The Hive, Worcester
A startling new play about action, humanity, and the legacy of war.


The Private misses the farm. The Captain dreams of painting. The Corporal

relishes the fight. And a hundred years later, The Woman seeks to understand.


A startling new play about action, humanity, and The legacy of war.

Each Slow Dusk charts the Experiences of three young men serving on the

western front, linking their stories to a woman today, just home to her village after

a tour of the battlefields. You’ll never walk past a war memorial in the same way



Nationally acclaimed Pentabus Theatre Company present a forensic examination of

the impact of war from the UK’s most exciting new playwright Rory Mullarkey, winner of the Harold Pinter

and George Devine Awards.


Each Slow Dusk is being performed at The Hive on Friday 7 November at 7pm. 

Tickets £8 & £6 (concessions – under 18 years, student, over 65 years). 

Tickets can be purchased from Information Pod on Level 1 at The Hive.  Any reserved must be paid for and collected within five

days of making the reservation.  To reserve tickets call 01905 765576.


Age guidance: 14+, contains strong language. Approximately 1hr 45min including an interval.

Lemniscaat Exhibition at The Hive

Applications open for Art Fair East 2015



4th - 7th June 2015


Reach new audiences by exhibiting at Art Fair East 2015.

Our mission is to showcase national and international galleries, dealers and collectives to an Eastern region audience of art collectors and businesses. Art Fair East 2015 takes place in the spectacular setting of Saint Andrews Hall, at the heart of Norwich city centre. The city is one of the UK’s major retail destinations and boasts a number of commercial galleries and museums.

Through national and regional advertising in luxury life style and visual arts publications, the fair aims to draw an audience from across the East of England and beyond. The event will be further supported by an ongoing PR campaign, strategic partnerships, 100,000 flyers distributed during the lead up to the event and ongoing promotion during the fair.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Job Opportunity



Vamos Theatre seeks experienced Touring Technician


Vamos Theatre, the UK’s leading full mask theatre company, is seeking an experienced and highly organised Lighting and Sound Technician for its next touring production, Nursing Lives. Suitable candidates will have technical lighting and sound knowledge, possess excellent communication skills, and be able to drive a LWB, high top van. The role of the Touring Technician will be to coordinate the technical and some stage management aspects of the show, both in production week and whilst on tour; liaise with venues’ technical departments prior to arrival; support the get in/out at venues; and lead on lighting focusing and plotting and sound check in a variety of venues. The suitable candidate will have specialist lighting knowledge, excellent sound skills, and a good understanding of current health and safety practises.

Nursing Lives previously toured to mostly rural venues in 2011, but now a re-worked version of this popular show has been booked into small and mid-scale theatres and arts centres across the U.K. for the Spring 2015 season. We are delighted that already 60 dates of Nursing Lives have been confirmed, at venues including: Exeter Northcott; mac birmingham; The Courtyard, Hereford; Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury; Jersey Arts Centre; Torch Theatre; New Vic; and The Corn Exchange, Newbury.

Nursing Lives is a heart-warming wartime tale of bravery and love. This full-mask production is accessible, humorous, poignant and human, and addresses issues of life in war, separation and unjustness, as well as providing positive images of older people as proactive and able. Based in Worcester, Vamos Theatre has established its innovative, fearless and humorous performance style through extensive national touring and education programmes, and is looking to expand its reach by taking its next production to both UK and international venues. Vamos Theatre has been awarded 9 month project funding from Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Programme.  Read more about the company at www.vamostheatre.co.uk.

Wages are £400 for production/rehearsal week and £100 per show day, with all accommodation and travel whilst on tour away from the Worcester base covered by Vamos. We would ideally like to work with someone local to Worcester, who would thus be based at home during the rehearsal period and at the start of each touring week.


Applicants must be available for:


Interview: Week commencing 20th October at Worcester Arts Workshop


Production Week: 2nd – 10th February 2015 in Malvern


Tour: 11th February – 6th June 2015 with a break weeks in February, April and May. Most tour weeks have 4-5 shows booked in them.


A full job description is available from Company Administrator, Kathryn Green kathryn@vamostheatre.co.uk.


To apply please submit a CV and a covering letter explaining why you are interested in the company and this project. A reference letter from a recent employer is always a useful attachment. Closing date is Friday 10th October – please apply earlier if possible.


Please email applications to rachael@vamostheatre.co.uk

and make sure you also cc kathryn@vamostheatre.co.uk

Monday, 22 September 2014

Moving On, Staying On.. Free Arts Event

Moving On, Staying on....

If you're studying or have just graduated and are thinking about pursuing a career in the arts industry, this free event organised by Worcestershire Arts Partnership will give you an invaluable insight into a wide variety of opportunities, as well as possible pitfalls and exciting challenges. 

Brought to you by experienced artists and creative industry professionals, the event will include key note speeches, presentations, networking and informal arts-chats; looking at shared values before focusing in on either the performing or visual arts. 

Light refreshment will be available.

For more information, a list of contributors and to register your attendance, please contact artsenquiries@worcestershire.gov.uk

Tuesday 21 October 2014


Drama Studio (EEG101),

University of Worcester, St John's Campus



Turning Point West Midlands Talk - Thursday 9 October, Birmingham

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Job Opportunity - Dancefest

Business Development Manager

Following the first stage of a Catalyst project, Dancefest, the dance development organisation for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, is looking to appoint a Business Development Manager to build and deliver Business Development and Income Generation Strategies in order to improve and diversify growth in Dancefest’s income base, to underpin the development and sustainability of its programme.

Salary: £28,847 pro rata
Hours: initially 14 per week with the aim of increasing to 21 hrs in the longer term.
Freelance proposals will be considered.

Interview date: Thursday 23 October in Worcester, with a potential second interview at a mutually agreed time.

You can find more information, including the job description and person specification, at http://www.dancefest.co.uk/about-us/vacancies


Monday, 8 September 2014

BBC event at the Arena next week.

Calling all young writers aged 12 – 16 in and around Worcester!

Calling all young writers aged 12 – 16 in and around Worcester!

Following their summer break, September marks the start of an exciting writing journey for young people aged 12 – 16 in Worcestershire with the beginning of the Worcester and Kidderminster Young Writers’ Groups. Meeting one Saturday a month from 2 – 4pm at The Hive, the Worcester Young Writers’ Group is led by science-fiction writer, Ian R. MacLeod with poet Nina Lewis as the Assistant Writer. The Kidderminster group also meets from 2 – 4pm once a month over at Kidderminster Library and is led by poet and children’s writer, Jean Atkin with writer Emma O’Brien as the Assistant.


Sessions focus on creative writing and the groups look at all different sorts of genres, they also have the chance to work collaboratively, independently and receive feedback on their writing.  Fun, friendly, a chance to learn new skills and be inspired; the young people involved don’t have to previous experience of creative writing to join and they can be interested in any genre of writing.


The Worcester and Kidderminster groups form part of a network which operates in sixteen towns and cities from Hereford in the West to Stoke in the North, and are open to writers aged 8 to 16. The groups are split into two age ranges (8-11 and 12-16) and allow for the young writers to try their hand at different forms of writing, from plays and poetry to prose and drama, with each session being led by a professional writer.


The writing groups are run by Writing West Midlands, the regional literature development agency. Its Chief Executive, Jonathan Davidson, said: “The Write On! Young Writers’ Groups are a fantastic way for young writers to meet other young writers and try new forms of writing. One session may be all about writing your own poetry on a theme, and the next time you could be writing a play in just a couple of hours.


“It’s all about the young writers having a space to try things out, with feedback and encouragement, and we’ve been delighted at how much progress the writers have made since the groups started in 2010.”


During their time with us, we’ve seen young writers win competitions including the Ledbury Poetry Competition (young people’s prize), read at literature festivals such as Coventry Mysteries, Wenlock Poetry Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival and the Birmingham Literature Festival, and produce anthologies and exhibitions of their writing. Look out for first novels and poetry collections in a few years’ time!


If you know a young writer who’d like to get involved in the Write On! Young Writers’ Groups in Worcester or Kidderminster; please contact Joanne Penn at joanne@wrtingwestmidlands.org or you can book online here: www.writingwestmidlands.org/young-writers-schools/write-on-young-writers-booking-form/.


Places are £5 per session (paid on the day). Young writers can join at any time but places are limited.

Dancefest is looking for new members to join its Board

Dear Colleague,

Dancefest is looking for new members to join its Board and we’d be ever so grateful if you’d circulate this to anyone you feel may be interested.

Dancefest is the dance development organisation for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and runs a large and lively programme of participatory classes for all ages across the two counties, produces several performances annually and leads numerous projects for a variety of organisations.

For more information about the role please visit http://www.dancefest.co.uk/about-us/vacancies

To apply for this post, please complete the application form found on the website – to be received by Friday 26 September 2014.

Interviews will be arranged before the AGM which takes place on Tuesday 21 October 2014.

Many thanks,


Karey Parsons
Administration and Marketing Officer
Dancefest, The Angel Centre, Angel Place, Worcester, WR1 3QN
tel: 01905 611199  email: karey@dancefest.co.uk  web: http://www.dancefest.co.uk

Company limited by guarantee number 4177900 registered in England and Wales
Registered charity number 1092334

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Worcester Embroiderers' Guild Celebrity Lecture

World Mental Health Day 2014 - 8th October - 25th October

My name is Claire Hilton and I am the project manager for the Art in Minds Foundation based in Worcester. AIMs is a supportive community of artists and creative professionals who have been in contact with mental health services. We put on art workshops and exhibitions locally as well as running art groups and events that our members can become involved in. We have been an organisation since 2004 under the umbrella of Shrub Hill Workshop which is a secondary mental health NHS service. AIMs can provide valuable support and community based creativity to past and present mental health service users.

Since January this year we became an independent charity with an office based in Worcester. Its a vital community project, bringing a sometimes considered controversial subject into the public domain and challenging the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Please see our website (designed and maintained by our members and volunteers) for more information.

Each year we exhibit locally with our member’s artwork. As part of World Mental Health Day this year (Friday 10th October) we are holding exhibitions at the Worcester Arts Workshop and The Hive in Worcester city centre. These are always well received by the public and our members help curate the exhibitions from start to finish.

This is where you can be involved..........As part of our display this year we want to be able to provide information about other local and national mental health services  and organisations. This would signpost mental health services to the general public, reaching out to those that may not feel they are able to access any help. To do this we are looking for local advertising information for services that people could access surrounding mental health, this could include:

·  Leaflets or fliers

·  Posters

·  Promotional material e.g. pens, key rings etc. 

We will be putting all of this out on tables at The Hive for the general public to access.

If you know of anywhere that would like to be involved please let me know and feel free to pass on this email, any promotional material would need to be delivered to the Bradbury Centre in Worcester city centre.  

If you require any more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Many Thanks

Claire Hilton

Project manager.

An Evening with Elvis McGonagall (a Fringe event)

As one of the Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe events for 2014, Elvis McGonagall will be appearing at The Hive, The Butts, Worcester on Wednesday, September 24th at 7.30.p.m. Tickets - £10.00 available via PayPal at www.worcslitfest.co.uk
PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                          17.8.14

UK Touring presents


Photo credits: Joss Barratt (upper) / Anna McCarthy (lower)


BBC1 The One Show, Belfast Book Festival, Latitude Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, C4’s Random Acts, Port Eliot Festival, Bang Said The Gun and R4’s Elvis McGonagall Takes A Look On The Bright Side


Stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary and recumbent rocker, Elvis McGonagall is the sole resident of The Graceland Caravan Park where he scribbles verse whilst drinking malt whisky and listening to Johnny Cash. Elvis is the 2006 World Slam Champion, the compere of the notorious Blue Suede Sporran Club and a regular guest of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live.


Elvis has written and performed for The Today Programme, The Culture Show, Arthur Smith’s Balham Bash, Zoe Ball’s Breakfast Show, A Good Read, The World Snooker Championships (BBC2) and BBC Radio Scotland’s MacAulay & Co. He was Glastonbury Festival Poet-in-Residence 2007. His poetry collection Mostly Dreich is published by Nasty Little Press.


‘verses shot through with a moral umbrage and rhetorical power... a bracing throwback to the days when comedy made room for militant eccentrics with a knack for scansion and a bolshie hankering to change the world’ 4-star The Guardian


‘side-splittingly funny’ The Reading Rant


‘funny, angry and tightly written....McGonagall combines anger, polish and carefully crafted verse in a way which recalls John Cooper Clarke’ 4-star The Scotsman


‘comic poetry with a stand-up charge, coupled with intelligent leaps of the poetic imagination’ Shortfuse


‘A poet of panache & zip & steely politic & unadulterated tartan’ UK Touring


‘flamboyant, razor-sharp text, intense energy … reminds me of Adrian Mitchell, John Cooper Clarke and Linton Kwesi Johnson, all the right people’ Simon Vinkenoog



Monday, 1 September 2014

Weekend Cube 2014 - What's on ...



Saturday 6th    Confab Cabaret 7pm

Friday 12th     The White Wall members club afternoon 1.30pm

Friday 12th     The Roving Crows 7pm £10

Saturday 13th   Amnesty International Fundraising gig. 7pm £6

Friday 26th     The White Wall members club- 7pm

Sunday 28th     Cube SHUFFLE – a Chilled Sunday festival 12-6pm FREE   



Friday 3rd      Carnival Records Quiz - 7pm

Friday 10th     The White Wall members club afternoon - 1.30pm

Friday 10th     Confab Poetry SLAM - 7pm

Saturday 18th   Remi Harris 8pm £8.50

Saturday 25th   ‘Fools Ball’ by Collective Unconscious 7pm £10

Friday 31st     The White Wall members club 7pm



Friday 7th      Carnival Records Quiz - 7pm

Friday 14th     The White Wall members club afternoon 1.30pm

Sunday 16th     Jump Start Showcase- Theatre scratch night 6pm

Friday 21st     Confab Cabaret - 7pm

Saturday 22nd   BabaJack/Lloyd Grossman & the New Forbidden 7pm £10   

Friday 28th     The White Wall members club 7pm

Sunday 30th      Vo Fletcher & Ric Sanders 7pm £5 TBC!!



Friday 5th      Carnival Records Quiz 7pm

Friday 12th     The White Wall members club afternoon 1.30pm

Saturday 13th   The Stiff Joints plus support TBC 8pm £8


For information on all Weekend Cube events, see the website on



Malvern Cube, Albert Road North, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 2YF

01684 575363