Weekly arts roundup, October 1-7

PICK OF THE WEEK

Fierce Festival
Various venues, from Wednesday October 7

The 2015 edition of the internationally-acclaimed, boundary-smashing live-art festival, with the programme including eight UK premieres of performances from around the world.  It all gets underway on Wednesday with Weaklings, an unmissable piece at the Warwick Arts Centre that merges fact, fiction, documentary and fantasy, as fans of a cult novelist find a strange kind of refuge together.

ALSO THIS WEEK

BIRMINGHAM COMEDY FESTIVAL

Birmingham Comedy Festival
Various venues, from Friday October 2

The excellent annual jamboree of stand-up, from A-listers to local up-and-comers – this week including ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic (O2 Academy, Saturday), Henning Wehn (Town Hall, Wednesday) and Doug Stanhope (O2 Academy, Wednesday).

DIGBETH FIRST FRIDAY

Digbeth First Friday
Various venues, Friday October 2

This month’s treats include Conversio, an installation at Centrala based around the stories of migrant women, Breathing & Staring, the latest of Vivid Projects’ 9 Evenings events, and also the first night of the special ICA Off-Site project, in which the Institute of Contemporary Arts takes over 119 Floodgate Street as part of Selfridges’ Live + Loud programme.

IF YOU GO AWAY

If You Go Away
Various venues, from Friday October 2

A site-specific adventure game from interactive-art outfit Invisible Flock, delivered through a GPS-enabled app and played simultaneously in five locations across the country – with the Midlands action taking place on the campus of the University of Warwick.

SIRENS

Sirens
Mac, Monday October 5 and Tuesday October 6

An acclaimed show from Belgian company Ontroerend Goed, in which six women deliver an uncompromising assessment of feminism and womanhood in 2015.

HANDBAGGED

Handbagged
Belgrade Theatre, from Tuesday October 6

Moira Buffini’s cheeky Olivier-nominated comedy, speculating about the off-duty behaviour of the Queen and Margaret Thatcher.

STILL RUNNING

HIROSHIGE

Hiroshige’s Japan: The Fifty-Three Stations Of The Tōkaidō
Wolverhampton Art Gallery, until Saturday November 21

Utagawa Hiroshige’s fabled set of 19th-century ukiyo-e woodblock prints depicting the journey to Kyoto from what is now the city of Tokyo.

MAT COLLISHAW

Mat Collishaw
New Art Gallery Walsall, until Sunday January 10

A roundup of the career to date of the Goldsmiths alumnus, illustrating nature’s grisly realities through photography, sculpture, film and installation.

DATE FOR THE DIARY

BIRMINGHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Birmingham Literature Festival
Various venues, from Thursday October 8

The annual celebration of the written word, with this year’s programme of over 40 events including Stuart Maconie, Richard Coles, Allan Ahlberg and Everything But The Girl pair Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt.

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