4 Squares of FREE fun!

Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…

This week we launched something very exciting for the city as Birmingham’s  leading arts organisations  join forces to stage a major outdoor celebration for the opening of the Library of Birmingham. …

4  Squares Weekender will be a weekend full of FREE theatre across Birmingham city centre 6-8 September 2013.

This very special event will feature free outdoor performances by UK and international artists, appealing to the whole family. Events will take place in and around Victoria Square, Centenary Square, Chamberlain Square and Oozells Square in Brindleyplace. 4 Squares Weekender will include pop-up performances by the CBSO, aerial and acrobatics by NoFit State Circus, appearances by Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Drum’s music showcase Simmer Down, plus street theatre, dance, live music, exhibitions and numerous chances to join in.

The celebration weekend culminates on Friday and Saturday evenings in the large-scale, spectacular show As the World Tipped by Wired Aerial Theatre in Victoria Square – click here for more info on this stunning performance.

Initial information about 4 Squares Weekender can be found at www.4squaresweekender.com. Further programme details will be released in August – watch this space…

The Reds, Anaya Bolar (Sampad), Nofit State Circus, Graham Sibley (CBSO)

The Reds, Anaya Bolar (Sampad), Nofit State Circus, Graham Sibley (CBSO)

Coming to a street near you! – Birmingham Hippodrome’s exciting brand new creative programme takes theatre beyond the stage!

We are in the process of developing a new creative programme which will extend  our reach beyond the main stage. Sarah Allen, who has recently been appointed to lead on the creative programme,  provides a little taster for you.

For the first time this summer, Birmingham Hippodrome will be animating the city by presenting highlights from the best in outdoor theatre.

If you are on a day out with the family, meeting friends, shopping, or simply enjoying a glass of wine in an outdoor café, look out for performances in and around the city

Everything will be free to the public and will happen over six consecutive Saturdays from 24 July until 28 August –  just in time for the summer holiday period.  Scheduled shows will take place on the piazza in front of the theatre and at other locations including Arcadian Centre, High Street and Cathedral Gardens (fondly known as Pigeon Park!).

Our summer events start with a Vogue Ball, (strike a pose!) a day and evening of being seen, showing off and celebrating the performer in everyone.   We will challenge our audiences to step up and step out onto the catwalk, release their inner diva and perform to their hearts’ content.    

And there’s more!   Other weeks will see raving grannies on souped up shopping trolleys, giant kangaroos bouncing around the city, classic puppetry, contemporary mime, juggling tennis players and international acrobats.

The Nest Group

Physical theatre and circus will bring stories to the streets of Brum.   The Wheel House sees two engaging characters travel in a revolving home and you can follow two Oxbridge students who go on a relaxing punt.   The Black Box turns theatre inside-out. Watch from the wings as the performers create a unique show for an audience of one.

And finally played to a soundtrack of Ravel’s Bolero, The Spurting Man has to be seen to be believed!  A pompous performer and his downtrodden assistant struggle with a tempestuous relationship, building up to a spectacular crescendo (quite literally!).

We are looking forward to the streets of Birmingham coming to life with some wonderful shows.   For those seeing Sound of Music this summer catch some of these fantastic performances as you arrive or leave the theatre or, better still, make a special journey for them.

The Wheel House

Full listings, times and dates will be available shortly.  Keep a look out!

You can follow Sarah Allen on twitter @sarahjaneallen

Birmingham Hippodrome are grateful to  funders and partners including Arts Council England, Retail Birmingham, 2012 Olympics Opening Weekend,  Arcadian Centre, Fierce and Shout Festival.