Birmingham Weekly Arts Roundup, January 9-15

If you’re looking for contemporary theatre at its most vibrant and inspirational, then the Warwick Arts Centre is the place for you.  The venue begins its 2014 programme in earnest from Wednesday (January 15) with Near Gone, a two-hander from the Two Destination Language outfit.  Combining English and Bulgarian dialogue with dramaturgy from choreographer Charlotte Vincent, it’s a dynamic, life-affirming performance about hope and survival.

There’s also good stuff at Brum’s Old Joint Stock from Wednesday (January 15), with the opening of Andrew Cowie’s adaptation of Miss Julie.  Written in 1888 by Swedish iconoclast August Strindberg, the naturalistic masterpiece sees the title character falling for a humble footman, raising big questions about sex and power relationships.

MISS JULIE

Meanwhile, after runs in the West End and on Broadway, Conor McPherson’s ghostly drama Shining City comes to the Crescent Theatre from Wednesday (January 15).  In it, a widower and his therapist find their lives interweaving in mysterious ways.

Elsewhere, there are striking linoprints from Shenac Rogerson on display at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists from Monday (January 13), while the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has its ever-reliable programme of guided tours.  Chief among them, a chance  to take in BMAG’s collection of spiritual beings in A Heavenly Host Of Angels on Thursday (January 9), while there’s Pre-Raphaelite intricacy to behold on Saturday (January 11) with The Genius Of Ford Maddox Brown And Edward Burne-Jones.

FORD MADDOX BROWN AND EDWARD BURNE-JONES

If you decide to visit any or all of the above, do make sure to let us know what you thought!

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