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Building a better future: Stars of Constructed.

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Royal Ballet makes senior appointment

Theatre confirms return of live performances

Birmingham Repertory Theatre has become the first major venue in Birmingham to announce the return of live performances next month. The venue will stage two productions which were

postponed due to local restrictions and lockdowns. Both productions are created and performed by Birmingham artists; Rosie Kay’s ‘Absolute Solo II’ on 19 May and Lightpost Theatre’s ‘Constructed’ from 27 to 29 May. Tickets are on sale now at birmingham- Customers with tickets for previously scheduled dates for both productions will be contacted direct by the box office

‘Some of Birmingham’s brightest talent will reopen the venue in May’

Sean Foley, artistic director at The REP, said: “It’s been

almost 12 months since we closed our doors and ceased most live performance. It’s been an extremely challenging period for all theatres across the country, but I’m delighted we can now look forward to welcoming back audiences and artists. So I am thrilled to announce that now, quite rightly, some of Birmingham’s brightest talent will reopen the venue in May.

“Both will showcase the very best our city has to

offer as the theatre returns to live performance and The REP looks forward to celebrating the 50th anniversary of our home in Centenary Square.” ‘Absolute Solo’, which she performed in the 1999

Edinburgh Festival, and six years since last appearing on stage herself, Kay returns with ‘Absolute Solo II’ - works that look backwards and forwards at her personal experience as a female in dance. The triple bill includes a new work created by herself

during lockdown which explores the notion that now, as an older dancing female, she has something to say about the female body and the experience of being female and being on stage. ‘Constructed’ explores the culture of working-class

black men in Britain. Set on a failing construction site, a group of labourers seek to better themselves but hierarchy and social circumstance forces them to stick to the job at hand. Constructed is directed by CJ Lloyd Webley and Mathias André. Lightpost Theatre Company originated as part of

Shifting the Dial – a programme that aims to improve the mental well-being of young men of African, Caribbean, or mixed African or Caribbean heritage.

WMCA invests in Symphony Hall foyer

Musicians practice in the newly- refurbished foyer to mark the opening of a redevelopment of Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, to which the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has committed £256,000. The construction project extends

and remodels Symphony Hall’s public spaces to create a building that is economically sustainable, vibrant and connected to Centenary Square and surrounding areas.

Home of the City of Birmingham

Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Hall is one of the world’s most outstanding concert halls and is renowned for its acoustic excellence and diverse programming. It also fosters creativity through both music and education and with this new design will welcome a diverse audience.

Dominic Antonucci (pictured) has been appointed assistant director at Birmingham Royal Ballet (BR) succeeding Marion Tait, who stepped down at the end of last year. Currently ballet master with the

company, Dominic said: “I am incredibly honoured and pleased with the appointment. I have a long, rich history with the company and care deeply about its success and its future. “Director Carlos Acosta has a

tremendously inspiring and ambitious vision for Birmingham Royal Ballet and I am thrilled to be able to support his efforts as he navigates the company through this very difficult but nonetheless exciting time. “The future for Birmingham

Royal Ballet is very bright and I sincerely look forward to helping Carlos and the company realise its enormous potential as we emerge from the pandemic and return to the stage.”

Comedian Minchin returns to Brum

Tim Minchin, award-winning comedian, actor and composer, has confirmed new UK dates of his ‘BACK’ tour this autumn, opening at Birmingham Hippodrome on 23 and 24 October. ‘BACK’ is billed as “Old

Songs, New Songs, F*** You Songs”, with a set list of material from all corners of Minchin’s repertoire. First performed in the UK in 2019, ‘BACK’ was Tim’s first UK tour in eight years and tickets sold out over a year in advance. The Hippodrome has also

partnered with dance powerhouse company, Rambert to host the streaming of an innovative new production, ‘Rooms’. The production will be

Picture: Eugene Hilton

performed and broadcast live from 8 to 10 April. Tickets are on sale now at

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