Birmingham Weekly Arts Roundup, October 17-23

The Warwick Arts Centre is the place to be for thought-provoking theatre this week. Sheffield’s pioneering Forced Entertainment company call in from Tuesday (October 22) with Tomorrow’s Parties, a playful two-hander speculating on a range of future scenarios. Then, from Wednesday (October 23), work in progress Confirmation explores the phenomenon of confirmation bias – the tendency to favour information that confirms one’s beliefs – in the context of political extremism.

At the Mac, local outfit Kindle Theatre present Lady GoGo Goch on Thursday (October 17), a provocative, bilingual musical-theatre examination of Welshness, while Wednesday (October 23) brings the emotionally-arresting Monkey Bars (pictured top), a show with adult actors using dialogue culled from real interviews with primary-school children.

This week sees the acclaimed drama Daytona come to the Rep (from Monday October 21), a compelling love story-cum-mystery starring Maureen Lipman and Harry Shearer. True to form, as well as bringing us A-list theatre, the Rep this week also presents PILOT Night (Friday October 18), a lively evening showcasing emerging local talent.

At Bromsgrove’s Artrix, MadCap Theatre mark the 200th anniversary of Pride And Prejudice with Lizzy, Darcy And Jane from Saturday (October 19), which sees the novel’s main protagonist Elizabeth Bennet doing battle with none other than her own creator, Jane Austen.

Elsewhere this week, there’s father-in-law trouble at The Drum with knockabout Punjabi comedy Sora Cool Jawayi Fool on Saturday (October 19), while on the same night, Coventry’s Criterion Theatre begins its inventive adaptation of what is arguably Dickens’ most autobiographical novel, David Copperfield.

The nights are drawing in and it’s nearly time for the clocks to go back. To mark the changing of the seasons, on Friday (October 18) Stryx presents Transformations, the second instalment of its Nocturnes series, where video art and live performance combine as day turns to night. Then, at The Wig on Sunday (October 20), Lumière 2013 will screen works by 16 visual artists, led by Paul Harrison and Catriona Mackie, to coincide with the early sunset.

Flatpack call in at the Polesworth Memorial Hall on Saturday (October 19) to screen The Miners’ Hymns, poignant archive footage of the old industry, soundtracked by Jóhann Jóhannsson. It’ll be accompanied by shorts from the Media Archive for Central England and a discussion on Staffordshire’s mining industry from writer David Bell.

At the Library of Birmingham, it’s time for October’s instalment of Kino 10’s Sunday Film Club, with Birmingham And Beyond (Sunday October 20) comprising a series of archive shorts outlining Brum’s tourism credentials.

Then, on Tuesday (October 22), the latest offering from the Discovery Season begins. Scott Johnston’s The Haunted Screen will invite members of the public to join in to make cinematic adaptations of short stories. Each day’s black-and-white Super 8 film will be edited overnight and screened the next day.

And the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery looks back at 30 Years Of Printmaking from Saturday (October 19), showcasing the work of Birmingham Printmakers group.


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