Have a ‘Nose’ at what One of a Kind theatre group have been up to!


Our latest guest blogger, Bethan Ball is a Freelance Community Arts Practitioner working with One of a Kind theatre group, who meet here at Birmingham Hippodrome every Thursday. One of a Kind is part of Open Theatre Company, who work closely with Hippodrome Plus to engage young people with learning disabilities with Birmingham Hippodrome.

We are ‘One Of A Kind’!

Birmingham is a diverse, vibrant city that never fails to surprise. You may have seen and experienced some surreal and unusual things in and around Birmingham, but did you happen to spot a human-sized nose wandering around the streets last week?   So what’s that all about?

The focus of One of a Kind is on communicating and interaction, and getting to know each other through theatre, dance, and mime – and we always have a lot of fun!  We are all over 16 years old and have a learning disability of some kind.

For the past few months, we have been working on a project called ‘Nobody Nose’, inspired by Gogol’s classic novel ‘The Nose’. This is a satirical tale of a Russian soldier who wakes up one morning to discover his nose is missing! He goes on the hunt for it, and realises that his nose had developed a life of its own.

Using non-verbal physical theatre, film, animation and art, we have had the opportunity to re-create a modern version of this tale using our own experiences and ideas. We have had great fun exploring different elements of the story, for example, imagining what it would be like to lose your nose, the concept of your nose being the size of a human being, and how you would respond if you were to come across a walking nose in the street! We played with lots of ideas and we have been able to be really creative in our approach to this.

We have been lucky enough to work with Benny Semp, a freelance artist, who helped us make a gigantic nose. We then spent two days filming with ‘Reel Access’, a fantastic Birmingham based film education and training organisation. We filmed the nose in various locations including outside Birmingham Library, in a public lift, in a huge dustbin, and it even followed someone with a bunch of flowers because it liked the smell! We had to be flexible and adapt our ideas as we went along, and it has been a great experience so far.

I came up with the idea of the nose chasing after someone with flowers and I’m really happy we used my idea. We have a laugh and can be professional too. We want to show people what we can do.” – Lukan, member of One of a Kind

“As part of my apprenticeship, I’ve been filming a documentary to show the process of the project – it’s really fun. We got a lot of stares because there was a big nose walking down the street. People were thinking “What are you doing?!” But it made them smile!” – Jake, ‘Open Theatre Company’ apprentice

The film will receive its world premiere at ‘The Electric Cinema’ in June and we are excited to share the final result with others!   We will update you over the next couple of months, to let you know how things develop!

This project is supported and funded by ‘Hippodrome Plus’, ‘Irwin Mitchell’ and ‘Birmingham City Council’.

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Olivier Awards – Congratulations to dance superstar Sylvie Guillem, Wicked, and Crystal Pite

The Royal Opera House was the setting for last night’s Olivier awards and we are delighted that two of the productions we had on our stage last year came out on top in their respective categories.

So, huge congratulations to Crystal Pite  who won Outstanding Achievement in Dance  for her choreography of The Tempest Replica, Sadler’s Well.    Tempest Replica was  performed on our stage as part of the Award Winning International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014 which we  co-produce with our partner DanceXchange.

And congrats also go  to Wicked at the Apollo Theatre (London production) for winning the This Morning Audience Award.  Well deserved too as we really enjoyed a memorable summer run of  the touring production here at the theatre last year.

Lastly, special congratulations to dance superstar Sylvie Guillem who received a Special Award for her contribution to dance.  Ms Guillem only  ever performed on the Hippodrome stage outside London as part of the 2012 and 2014 International Dance Festivals so we  are honoured that Ms  Guillem has chosen the Hippodrome  to dance her very last UK performances here in September.


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Life In Progress  features both existing and new works by choreographers who have influenced her spectacular career.  This is the last chance to see one of the world’s best-loved dancers and we are expecting huge demand for tickets.  Prior to the Hippodrome dates she will perform at Sadler’s Wells London and Edinburgh Festival.

For the full list of winners  go to  Olivier Awards website  #Olivierawards

New productions announced for 2015!


We’re excited to announce a stellar line up of productions for our 2015/16 season including sizzling Strictly stars Vincent & Flavia; epic rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar; flamboyant favourite The Trocks; the UK’s biggest Panto Aladdin; magical Mary Poppins; and the ultimate feel good musical Mamma Mia.

Plus a fantastic season of ballet from Birmingham Royal Ballet featuring Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew. There’s also a showstopping autumn season from Welsh National Opera  to look forward to which includes Sweeney Todd and new productions of Bellini’s I puritani and Handel’s Orlando.

Full listings and further details can be found in the full announcement on our website.

Tune in now to our latest Stagecast hosted by Heart FM’s Ed James to find out why Gary Wilmot loves Birmingham Hippodrome, hear Brian Conley talk about his latest circus skills and go behind the scenes with Ed for a bit of of Dirty Dancing plus losts more – #BHstagecast

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