Birmingham Hippodrome Youth Ambassador Heather Kincaid introduces us to the rest of the Youth Ambassador Team, who will be out and about at this year’s Summer in Southside
After a year of Talkaoke training, outdoor festival attending, arts debating and creative brainstorming, the Birmingham Hippodrome’s Ambassador team are raring to get started on this year’s Summer in Southside Festival, hosting a whole range of things for you to get involved with throughout the weekend.
If you attended last year’s festival, you may have spotted our pop-up talk show around the event, and perhaps even sat down to speak to us about the shows you were enjoying. Some of you even got chance to speak to the performers and creators of the amazing shows on the programme.
This year, however, we’re shaking things up and doing something a little different. In the daytime, you’ll be able to join us for a chilled out chat at our retro chrome caravan and summer garden. Sit back, unwind, and tell us about the shows you’ve seen with a refreshing drink in hand. You can also share your thoughts in writing or pictures and help us fill up our washing line, or tweet them to us in your own time with the hashtag #BHAmbassadors.
Then on Saturday night, we’ll be turning up the volume for an exciting evening filled with music and performance. From 8 till late, the ambassadors will be taking over Thorp Street’s Stageside Bar and Restaurant, and as a special offer, those who attend three or more Summer in Southside shows during the day will be eligible for 20% off drinks from the bar: make sure you collect a card and get it stamped by a festival volunteer at each show you see.
If you’re tweeting, there’ll also be a chance to earn a prize in our Ambassador Hunt competition: to be in with a chance of winning, you’ll need to grab a selfie with each of the ambassadors below and tweet them to #BHAmbassadors and @brumhippodrome.
We look forward to meeting you!
Meet the Team
A writer and arts journalist, Heather first got involved with the Hippodrome through its First Night Blogging scheme, which gave her the chance to see and review a brilliantly diverse range of shows. As an ambassador, she has loved discovering more about the local arts scene, and connecting with creatives from Birmingham and across the UK.
When she’s not hanging around the Hippodrome, she writes for local publications like What’s On Midlands, Electrolyte Magazine and Time Out’s Birmingham blog, as well as volunteering with Writing West Midlands and nerding out as an editor for MCM Buzz. She has previously worked for Children’s BBC television, and spends as much time as she can reading, daydreaming and making up silly stories.
A freelance actor, dancer, spoken word poet, performer and writer based in Birmingham, Sipho sees encouraging people to engage with art, heritage and culture as a vital part of his job. He believes that creativity is important to our society and well-being as individuals, helping us to build and maintain empathy.
Mary is thrilled to be working with the Birmingham Hippodrome on Summer in Southside for a second year running, after a wonderful time at last year’s festival. She particularly enjoyed engaging in discussions around theatre, meeting new people and hearing their opinions and ideas about art and performance.
An undergraduate Drama and English Literature student, Mary is currently between her second and third years at the University of Birmingham. Theatre has always been an important influence in her life, and she can’t wait to speak to people about the theatre that interests them this summer.
Will has been working across several projects as a Hippodrome Ambassador, including last year’s Summer in Southside Festival. Having recently graduated from the University of Birmingham, he is now beginning a career as a freelance performer, working with various local venues whilst establishing his own physical theatre company.
For Siobhan, being a Hippodrome Ambassador is all fun and games, offering opportunities to experience festivals like no other. She may not say much, but she thinks a lot more, and being introduced to new shows and new people through the Ambassador scheme has given her plenty to think about.
Lucy first got involved with the Birmingham Hippodrome Ambassadors last summer, and has worked alongside the team on many projects. Since graduating from Bangor University with a degree in English and Theatre Studies, she has been involved in several theatre projects across the Midlands, most notably Shakespeare in the Park in Lichfield.
Summer in Southside is a FREE festival taking place around Southside on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August, with a preview event on Friday 28 August in the evening. For more information and details on who is performing please visit the Summer in Southside website.