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The Lehr Theatre is based at The Glasshouse; a pioneering project promoting culture, arts and special needs education within the context of social regeneration inspired by the ideas of John Ruskin, William Morris and Rudolf Steiner. The Glasshouse is part of the Ruskin Mill Educational Trust. The Ruskin Glass Centre is also based on the Glasshouse site hosting workshops in glass blowing, glass cutting, glass repairs, photography and stone carving. Workshops are open between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday with free admission.

The Glasshouse College also includes workshops in jewellery, mask making, pottery and weaving, and can be visited during term time with prior arrangement. Free guided tours for groups are available when booked in advance. Public workshops are available in eurythmy and anthroposophy, weaving and wool craft and hand blown designer glass. Please contact the Glasshouse office on 01384 399400 for further details.

The Coffee Shop is open for refreshments at each event serving light refreshments. The Coffee Shop is also open to the public during the day between 10am and 4pm Monday to Saturday and serves a vegetarian organic lunch between1pm and 2pm.
The Glasshouse Organic Shop is open from Monday to Saturday from 10am - 4pm selling a wide range of organic wholefoods, fruit and vegetables.

A season ticket is available for entry to all events (excluding workshops) priced £45.
Concessions are valid for students, underwaged and OAP’s.

Booking and Box Office: 01384 399430
Administration: 01384 399458

WHAT'S ON 2008

Spring 2008
the lehr Studio Theatre
theatre@ghc.rmet.org.uk

theatre    dance     poetry    workshops    exhibition    family

 

Welcome
…to our winter/spring season with a programme that is bringing more light in to the long dark days.  This is a small season of cultural events for the Glasshouse as we rest after the full autumn programme which celebrated the International Mask Festival and prepare for a full summer ahead.

Welcoming for the first time to the Glasshouse, Nose to Nose with a clown show and workshop, followed by the dance company Ace with their powerful and passionate show Skin. Interspersed with story, poetry and the Phoenix play for children at Easter, we invite you to join us at the Glasshouse, where the Four Elements exhibition, on tour from Ruskin Mill in Gloucestershire, is on show in the Coffee Shop.

I would like to thank all of you who helped and attended the International Mask Festival which made it the fantastic success it has proved to be.  We are considering the possibility of a future Mask Festival 2009, please get in touch if you have any comments.
I look forward to seeing you here.
Mike Chase

WORKSHOPS, CLASSES, EXHIBITIONS
MUSIC, TALKS, PLAYS & STORIES

 

EXHIBITION The Four Elements
Tuesday 8th January to 20th March
The Glasshouse presents a unique exhibition exploring the Four Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water. From the pre-conquest Americas through mediaeval Christianity and Islam to India and China, the Four Elements dominated cosmology, science and medicine for two Millennia. This exhibition of text, image and installation, charts the development of elemental science, art and philosophy from the Ancient World to the Post-Modern.

 

NOSE TO NOSE WORKSHOP
with Paul MacDonald and other
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd March
10am to 5pm
Cost: £80
Deposit required: £40

Do you want an insider's view to last night's performance or even have a go at some improvs? Then join us for this gentle initiation to the art of being ridiculous.  Head in the clouds, feet on the ground: the clown lets our imagination soar whilst keeping us grounded in the here and now.  Working with warm ups, theatre games and short improvisations our focus will be on spontaneity, authenticity and taking ourselves a lot less seriously! This will be an introduction to the Nose to Nose style of working where your clown is uniquely your own.  No previous experience of theatre or clowning is necessary as the clown is naturally present in all of us.  Expect a weekend of light-hearted play, fun and laughter.  Suitable for anyone above 16 yrs of age. For more information on clowning visit www.nosetonose.info

 

THE PLAY’S THE THING
Evening Drama Class for Adults with Richard Ramsbotham
Tuesdays starting 15th January 7.30pm - 9pm
Price for the term, £60/£40 (10 sessions)
Bookings on 01384 378654
After exploring dramatic games and improvisation exercises in the autumn term, we will now work towards performing a short play of the group’s choosing. We will continue to work on drama skills, focussing on characterization, speech work, and developing dramatic spontaneity and intensity. Newcomers are very welcome.

(The play is expected to be performed at a time convenient for people in Summer Term.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

r:evolve & Apples and Snakes present

THINGS THAT CAN’T BE SAID
Thursday 7th Feb 7.30pm £7/£5
Things That Can’t Be Said is where performance poetry meets theatre. Shabina Aslam, a well-reputed director of spoken word, theatre and radio drama, works with five eclectic spoken word artists from the region to create an exciting high-octane production about things that can’t be said.

Artists perform an ensemble of stories using music, movement and sound, creating a visual tapestry of love, life and relationships.

Things That Can’t Be Said is co-produced by r:evolve and Apples & Snakes. r:evolve is a consortium of the Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton, mac in Birmingham and Black Country Touring, who are working together to create more theatre by culturally specific* artists resident in the West Midlands. www.r-evolve-theatre.co.uk

*Asian, Black, Chinese and more recent immigrant communities and refugee status artists

THE WATER BEARERS DREAM
Performed by Lorca Simons and Adrian Brett
22nd Feb 7.30pm £7/£5
‘Wet laundry and sailing boats, wedding gowns and buckets, stretched blue like a sky’s starry kiss hanging on a hillside’ begins the story of a dream, a theatrically staged installation of movements exploring the relationship between water and goodbyes.

Lorca grew up in a theatre created by her parents in Texas, where physical exploration and ensemble were the foundation of its mission. Since graduating from NCSA she has worked in both stage and screen in NYC and throughout the US and Canada. Most recently playing Maggie in DTC's "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof". She is a founding member of 5RT, an experimental theatre company revolutionizing ritual theatre through the Gabrielle Roth's 5 rhythms maps.

Adrian trained in speech and drama in Sydney, Australia before coming to
Europe in 1987. He is a co-founder of TaurusVoice Theatre Company with whom
he has performed since 2000. He has worked with companies including the Rose
Theatre Company, the Mask Studio, Projekt Theatre, Portal Productions, Circle-X Arts and recently with Fairgame Theatre Company.

NOSE to NOSE NIGHT by The Fool Effect
Friday 29 February 7.30pm £7/£5
HAVE YOU GOT NEWS FOR US? The Fool Effect clowns will be taking stories from the daily news and local and personal sources offered by their audiences on the night; re-interpreting them with the clown's playfulness, irreverence and insight. Their shows are an escapist feast, presented with colour and style, revealing another layer to the art of the clown that leaves the circus behind. The Fool Effect have been developing their improvised shows for more than a year and have all been trained in the Nose to Nose style of clowning. They bring with them a wealth of experience; from touring theatre, new circus, storytelling, puppetry, mime and physical theatre, to auctioneering, DIY car mechanics, yoga, meditation, cement rendering and the making of yoghurt.

If you like what you see – then join them on Saturday and Sunday.

SKIN
Friday 7th March 7.30pm £8/£6
Skin is a synergy of media, dance and emotionally infused movement which is rich in contrast; emotional and strong, reflective and bold. This powerful double bill has an original sound score, percussive soundscapes, digital projection and emotive live effects.

Using captivating physical expression to discover what makes us function as a human being six robust and agile dancers explore the invisible signals that we give out and the force and flow of feelings running through our veins. From the outside we look different, but underneath aren’t we all the same?

ACE dance and music is a multi-cultural company and Skin will draw from particular elements of African, Caribbean and Japanese dance styles, uniting these together with powerful contemporary movement. Artistic Director Gail Parmel will work in collaboration with two internationally renowned choreographers Akiko Kitamura from the Leni-Basso Dance Company of Japan and Vincent Mantsoe from Soweto, South Africa.

Music and dance to elevate the soul
The Birmingham Post

Upfront style… plenty of energy
The Independent

“…So robust and excitingly physical… Their control is amazing. They dance alone, in pairs and intricately en masse. Lifts, falls, counterbalances and lunges are used to great effect and are mixed with impressive acrobatic leaps and turns, reminiscent of capoeira.”
The Stage

“With a stylistic mix that stretches from Africa, through the Caribbean and Europe and across to Japan, Skin marks a fresh departure for this bold Birmingham outfit… Skin promises another step forward for a company on the edge of breaking into the big league.” Keith Watson, Metro, Sept 07

For more information visit www.acedanceandmusic.com

THE PHOENIX by THE PHOENIX PLAYERS
Saturday 15th March 3pm £4/£3
An Easter Story written by Barbara Foster.
This story follows the days preceding Easter, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.

It is the story of the phoenix, the bird that dies and is resurrected.
A beautiful and magical story for both children and adults, expressing the grief and joys of Easter.

Children will take part in the performance and all children from the audience will receive a springtime present. Music and eurythmy accompany this colourful performance.

 

The Glasshouse Arts Centre is based at The Glasshouse; a pioneering project promoting culture, arts and special needs education within the context of social regeneration inspired by the ideas of John Ruskin, William Morris and Rudolf Steiner. The Glasshouse is part of the Ruskin Mill Educational Trust. The Ruskin Glass Centre is also based on the Glasshouse site hosting businesses in glass blowing, glass cutting, glass repairs, photography and stone carving. Workshops are open between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday with free admission.

The Glasshouse College also includes workshops in many crafts including jewellery, pottery and weaving, and can be visited during term time with prior arrangement. Free guided tours for groups are available when booked in advance.   The Glasshouse College students work in the car park, coffee shop, backstage and front of house.  

The Coffee Shop is open for refreshments at each event. The Coffee Shop is also open to the public   during the day between 10am and 4pm Monday to Saturday and serves a vegetarian organic lunch between 1pm and 2pm.

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Bookings: tel. 01384 399430

Admin/Enquiries: tel. 01384 399458

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