Play along with us…

This month we begin a series of exciting events titled RINGSIDE, focusing on the wonderful world of Wagner as we celebrate the arrival of Mariinsky Theatre’s epic production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. One of these special events is a unique chance to play along with a specially developed ‘reality game’ – find out more in a blog from the game’s creators…

Hello, Hippos!

An interactive that players will be using in the game

An interactive that players will be using in the game

We – artists Shanaz Gulzar and Steve Manthorp – are Adept, a co-practice which has been making art together for a decade. We’re thrilled to be invited to be guest contributors to the Hippodrome Blog and to have the opportunity to tell you about our project One of Our Singers is Missing.

One of Our Singers is what we call a Reality Game. A Reality Game is like a treasure hunt but with a story. What can you expect? Well we’re not going to give too much away because a lot of the fun is in the way the story comes to life as you play it. The idea for the game is that one of the Hippodrome’s singers, Albert Nibbling, has been missing for 24 hours and we need to find him or the performance can’t go on.

The quest will take you into the heart of the Hippodrome and to some intriguing nearby locations you may never have visited before. As the game is played, the story will take unexpected twists and turns. There will be clues to solve, mysteries to unravel and there may even be the odd spooky moment or two….

But we’re confident that you’ve got what it takes to find Albert!

You can sign up to play HERE. You can play on your own, but it’s even more fun to play together as a family, couple or group of friends. All we ask you to do is to turn up at the Hippodrome Reception at the time you booked to play with your best detective head on.

Find out more about RINGSIDE here.

Major art installation comes to the streets of Birmingham…

This Summer we are so excited to present a major exhibition by the award winning Brazilian artist Néle Azevedo titled Minimum Monument.

Minimum Monument

Minimum Monument

As part of Birmingham’s World War One commemorations, Minimum Monument will feature 5,000 figures made out of ice. Members of the public will be invited to place the thousands of ice sculptures of tiny men and women, 20 cm tall, on the steps of the city’s Chamberlain Square where they can watch as the sea of ice figures melt.

The project has been featured in cities including São Paulo, Havana, Tokyo, Kyoto, Paris, Berlin, Porto and Florence and the British premiere in Birmingham will feature the largest ever number of ice sculptures Néle has ever produced.

If you are interested in supporting Néle Azevedo and making this exciting project into a reality, we are offering opportunities for volunteering. Applicants must be over 18. For more information please contact zaraharris@birminghamhippodrome.com

Minimum Monument will take place on Saturday 2 August from 1pm-4pm on the steps of Chamberlain Square, Birmingham and is a FREE event.

To find out more click here and take a look at video footage from this extraordinary event during it’s time in Berlin…

Minimum Monument is funded by Arts Council England, Birmingham Hippodrome and William A Cadbury Charitable Trust.

World War I remembered in World Premiere…

As part of the forthcoming anniversary of the onset of WWI, this weekend Birmingham Hippodrome, in partnership with Women & Theatre and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum (Royal Warwickshire), presents an exciting new performance inspired by the experiences of young soldiers from Birmingham during WWI titled THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIERS.

Presented in promenade, THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIERS is performed by a cast of 20 young men of similar ages to the young recruits of 100 years ago will take audiences on an evocative journey that explores how the war may have been experienced by Birmingham lads.

We took a peek at rehearsals, take a look at the gallery below…

For more information on the show and to book tickets click here.