And what’s on at mac Birmingham….

A visit from the German Comedy Ambassador……

December Events Listings
Performance: Theatre
mac birmingham & Goody and Storey present
Sat 12 Nov – Thu 8 Dec, various times
Tickets £8.50, Family tickets £32 (max. 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children), Theatre
Age 2 – 5+

This sparkling new show is tailor made for 2 – 5 year-olds. You are invited into a beautifully designed world with delightful original music, bizarre characters and magical puppetry. Meet the Gardener and the Tailor, two strangers living under the same Star, whose lives change forever when their Star disappears and they finally meet.

Red Earth Theatre & mac birmingham present
The Lost Happy Endings
Tue 6 Dec 2011 – Sat 7 Jan 2012, various times
Tickets £14.50 (£11.50), Family tickets £44 (max. 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children)
Preview shows Sat 3 & Sun 4 Dec, Tickets £13.50 (10.50), Family tickets (as above) £40
Age 4+

Our Christmas show returns and after last year’s successful run we are delighted to be working with Red Earth once more. This wonderfully staged show tells the story of Jub, whose job it is to make sure that the Happy Endings to all the stories in the world are delivered in time for everybody’s bedtime. One dark night a wicked witch catches Jub and steals all the Happy Endings; with help from her friends Jub must fight to get them back.
This unique reworking of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s children’s classic is an original take on festive entertainment.

Performance: Music
Sleeping Beauty and Alcestis
Thu 15 Dec, 8pm
Tickets £10 (£7), Foyle Studio

Forget the panto kitsch – Sleeping Beauty is a powerful tale of death and rebirth. In this magical performance, award-winning storyteller Daniel Morden breathes new life into one of our most haunting stories. Telling Sleeping Beauty alongside the beautiful Greek myth of Alcestis, and underscoring the tales with heart-stopping live music, Daniel, Oliver and Dylan conjure timeless images in the mind and stir deep emotions in the heart.

Performance: Comedy
Kill for a Seat Comedy Club hosted by Silky
Henning Wehn & Nathan Caton
Fri 2 Dec, 8pm
Tickets £11 (£8), Hexagon

Henning WehnKill for a Seat Comedy Club is in full swing at mac birmingham. Have you popped down to our comedy night? No? Well there is no excuse… get down here on the first Friday of every month and we promise we won’t point you out in the audience.

Stand Up Comedy Showcase December
Sat 3 Dec, 7.30pm
Tickets £5, Hexagon

Join the participants of mac birmingham‘s Comedy Course as they showcase their new talent!

Barbara Nice’s Christmas Cracker + special guests
Sun 11 Dec, 8pm
Tickets £12 (£9), Theatre

Christmas is a time for giving and no one loves giving more than local superstar housewife Barbara Nice. Join her in a bumper bundle selection box of seasonal fun including a Christmas Tom Bola, a Yuletide raffle and of course, mince pies!

Performance: Spoken Word
Apples & Snakes and mac birmingham
Lit Fuse
Sat 10 Dec, 8pm
Tickets £7 (£5), Hexagon

How far can you push the boundaries of performance? See what happens when some of the most exciting spoken word poets around leave their comfort zones. Lit Fuse, developed jointly by mac birmingham and Apples and Snakes, is a series of events showcasing brand new work devised by emerging UK poets in collaboration with top directors and producers.

Visual Arts & Events
Leicester Print Workshop
smallprint:big impression
Sat 22 Oct – Sun 4 Dec, Open Daily from 9am-11pm
Free Admission, Arena Gallery

smallprint:big impression is an international showcase of contemporary fine art printmaking, presenting artists from across the UK and as far afield as the US and New Zealand. A diverse range of printmaking techniques will be represented, including etching, lithography, and relief work as well as digital prints.
As part of the exhibition the smallprint:big impression prizewinner, Emma Grover, will be displaying a selection of her works at mac birmingham.

Marketplace: Contemporary Craft Fairs
Sat 19 & Sun 20 Nov and consecutive weekends: 26 & 27 Nov, 3 & 4 Dec, 10 & 11 Dec, 17 & 18 Dec, Open 11am – 6pm.
Free Entry, Various Spaces

Making a timely return to mac birmingham, our contemporary craft fairs feature a range of high quality work from some of the region’s most exciting artist makers. With over 20 exhibitor stands each day, this is an exclusive opportunity to buy and commission the very best in unique crafts direct from the maker. With Christmas approaching it is also a great chance to find the perfect gift!

Their Wonderlands
Curated by They Are Here
Sat 26 Nov – Sun 29 Jan
Open Tuesday until Saturday, noon – 8pm; Sunday 11am – 4pm. Closed Monday – except Bank Holidays.
Preview: Sat 26 Nov, 5-8pm, Welcome to Wonderlands – includes live music performance by Mathew Sawyer and The Ghosts
Gallery, Free Admission

Their Wonderlands is an international group exhibition, curated by multi-disciplinary collective They Are Here. Contemporary artists have been drawn together to explore the space given to make-believe and folklore in post-industrial 21st century European society. The exhibition exists in darkness and you will be invited to select a torch on entry to discover works embedded in a cardboard labyrinth, designed by renowned and seminal architect Yona Friedman.

Stewart Easton
Four Tragic Tales
Sat 10 Dec – Sun 22 Jan
Open daily 9am – 11pm
Terrace Gallery, Free Admission

A recent graduate from MA Illustration and Animation at Coventry University, Stewart Easton’s work explores the intricate nature of language and relationships. Four Tragic Tales reveals the styles and techniques of drawing, mark making and embroidery skills that Easton has employed in the production of four large scale embroidered, narrative pieces. Often populated by symbols and references, Easton’s work contemporises the use of textiles within the context of the gallery space and draws the viewer in to a referential narrative of their own making.

Hayward Touring
Outrageous Fortune
Sat 10 Dec – Sun 8 Jan
Open daily 9am – 11pm
Arena Gallery, Free Admission

Showcasing 78 artists’ interpretations of the classic Tarot de Marseille deck of cards,
Outrageous Fortune presents a contemporary tarot pack encompassing a variety of formal, conceptual, expressionist, literary or design based approaches. Each artist was drawn a card randomly and invited to reinterpret it in their own way.
Outrageous Fortune is a Hayward Touring exhibition from Southbank Centre, London on behalf of Arts Council England.