Birmingham Weekly Arts Roundup, September 25 – October 1

Brum’s wonderful live-art extravaganza Fierce gets underway next week, but if you can’t wait, then head to the Warwick Arts Centre, because there’s an early taste of the festival on offer from Wednesday (October 1) in the shape of The Last Adventures.  Sheffield’s Forced Entertainment have been declared “Britain’s most brilliant experimental theatre company” by the Guardian, and this is the UK premiere of their latest show, in which a 12-strong cast don homemade costumes to represent the landscape and personages of a haunted forest, with the action set against a sonic backdrop courtesy of Lebanese sound artist Tarek Atoui.

There are a couple of interesting shows at the Mac this week.  On Sunday (September 28), there’s One Woman In Her Time, which sees a Shakespearean actor embarking upon a meditation retreat, with wondrous results.  And then from Wednesday (October 1), the Tamasha company are in town to present My Name Is…, the true story of Molly Campbell, the girl who hit the headlines in 2006 when she was taken from her Glasgow home to a new life with her father in Pakistan.

Elsewhere in theatres, there’s all the fun of impending parenthood in Our Kylie’s Havin’ A Bab at the Old Joint Stock from Friday (September 26), a free script-in-hand performance of “comedy of bad manners” Faction at the Blue Orange on Saturday (September 27), while the Drum mark Nigerian Independence Day on Wednesday (October 1) with Pandora’s Box, a comedy drama following a family that spans two continents.

There’s some fine visual art up at the Drum this week too, with Freedom Or Death opening on Friday (September 26) – an exhibition of Vanley Burke’s photographs charting the final days of South African apartheid.

There’s more pictorial documentation at the Herbert from Friday (September 26), with People Of India, a show rounding up three separate sets of photographs taken in the country.  There’s Coventry lensman Jason Scott Tilley’s modern-day anthropological snaps, his grandfather Bert Scott’s work from the ’30s and ’40s, and a 19th-century project in which the British Government attempted to establish the attributes and characteristics of the population under their rule.

RECOVERY ARTElsewhere, there’s the rich textures of Brian Fletcher at the RBSA from Monday (September 29) and the hazy skyscapes of Miriam Meek at Artrix from Wednesday (October 1) – while at the Barber from Wednesday (October 1), Recovery Art is a display from their resident group whose members are all recuperating from physical or mental illness.


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