Bumper Brum Bank Holiday of FREE Theatre…

Roll up, roll up for our last weekend of Summer in Southside – and boy, have we saved the best until last!

This Bank Holiday we will be bringing the streets of Southside alive with not one but TWO days of fun, free theatre. Join us on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm for rapping grannies, high-flying circus, song and dance and much, much more.

Both days round up with a special evening performance by Southpaw Dance Company called FAUST – this is one not to be missed featuring incredible acrobatic dance plus plenty of fire!!

You can download the full schedule for this weekend’s Bank Holiday Jamboree here.

Take a look at the gallery below for a teaser of what’s to come…




Over 11 acts featuring puppetry, hip hop, comedy, dance, live DJing, storytelling, and the chance to learn the famous Haka brought an estimated audience of 3,400 people to Southside last Saturday.

Streets around the Hippodrome were closed to traffic bringing a festival style atmosphere to the area as people of all ages joined the fun in the sun.

This is the second time Summer in Southside  has been presented by Birmingham Hippodrome.   Paul Kaynes, Director of Creative Programmes said “A lot of people here today haven’t been to the theatre so this is their first experience of live performance. It’s great to see such a large crowd enjoying these popular FREE events.”


Summer in Southside is  FREE  and continues this Saturday with Euro Stars culminating in a spectacular Bank Holiday Jamboree.  CLICK HERE for full details.

Photographs:  Verity Milligan

FREE Summer Fun this August!

Roll up, roll up for more free Summer fun in the sun this August with another action-packed series of weekends from Summer in Southside!

This year promises to be bigger and better than ever before featuring over thirty companies and over 100 local, regional, national and international artists.We are promised a variety of spectacular and innovative performances from comedy, drama, contemporary dance, physical theatre, aerial dance, puppetry, hip hop, and audience participation.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “Summer in Southside offers free performances over three weekends in Birmingham’s increasingly vibrant Southside. The programme promises unique and ambitious productions, from Coventry based Talking Birds theatre company to the internationally acclaimed Wired Aerial Theatre, I’m sure there’ll be something everyone will enjoy.”

Summer in Southside FREE events take place on Saturday 9 August; Saturday 16 August and Bank Holiday weekend Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 August between 1pm-7pm with a late night performance at 10pm on Saturday 23 August.

SUMMER IN SOUTHSIDE is supported by Southside BID, LCP (owners of the Arcadian), Without Walls, Arts Connect, Birmingham City Council Festivals Fund, and National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts scheme.

For more info head to www.summerinsouthside.com