FEEL GOOD FRIDAYS
Working in partnership with Birmingham Hippodrome, Colmore Business District (CBD) welcomed exciting
and interactive outdoor performances to the District in summer 2011 though a programme of Feel Good Fridays. They were warm up performances for the wider Six Summer Saturdays programme. The acts showcased a range of comedic outdoor theatre, walkabout acts and static shows, aiming to entertain workers and visitors in the District and bringing arts and culture to CBD’s streets and open spaces. Performances included:
Performer: The Red Boxes: La Boite Noire
Location and times: Colmore Square, 1.00pm – 2.30pm. Cathedral grounds, 5.00pm – 6.30pm
A pulp thriller of minuscule proportions… a murder mystery across four performances in unique Red Box theatre installations. A story of multiple narratives for small audiences.
Performer: Circus in the City – with NoFit State Circus
Location and times: Cathedral Grounds (with brief performances in Colmore Square), 12.30pm – 2.30pm & 4.30pm – 6.30pm
An official London 2012 Open Weekend event. Flag flying, drum banging, hand balancing, hula hooping and trapeze! Funded by Arts Council England, Birmingham Hippodrome and Colmore Business District.
Performer: Emergency Exit Arts: MeerKat Massive
Location and times: roaming around Colmore Row and Cathedral Grounds, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3pm
This cheeky trio of Meerkats have escaped to our urban jungle to have some fun and teach you to dance.
Performer: Grannie Turismo
Location and times: roaming act covering Colmore Row, Victoria Square and Colmore Square, 1.00pm – 1.30pm & 3.00pm –3.45pm
When Doris, Mary and Marge arrive on their souped-up shopping trolleys, everyone takes notice!
Performer: This Way Up by Being Frank
Location and times: Cathedral Grounds, 1.00pm – 1.15pm
This Way Up is an energetic, spirited piece of physical theatre that follows a family in their quest to find the perfect place to settle. The performers flow effortlessly in a constant changing set as they struggle to navigate themselves around three wooden crates that could be called home.
Performer: Café de la Gare
Location and times: Cathedral Grounds, 1.30pm – 2.00pm and 2.30pm – 3.00pm
French artists Laetitia Couasnon and Sébastien Braux explore the relationship between one another in all its forms through a stylish contemporary dance and violin duet that takes you to another place.
Performer: Motionhouse – Cascade
Location and times: Chamberlain Square, 6.00pm
Set on a submerged house amidst rising flood waters, Cascade is an enthralling look at one family’s scramble to keep their heads above water and their feet on dry land! A company of fabulous dancers balance, fall, slide and tumble their way upwards as they ascend through the levels of their domestic life and arrive adrift on an endlessly disappearing island.