Birmingham Fest back for seventh year

Published: 8 July 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Artists from across the UK will be showcasing their work in the seventh annual Birmingham Fest which celebrates the second city’s venues and arts scene.

Some companies use the festival as a taster before going to Edinburgh while others, especially those in the southern half of the country, use it as a less expensive alternative.

One of the highlights will be a special preview performance of Victoria’s Diaries, Tell Tale’s new play to mark 200 years since the birth of Queen Victoria. Her life story is told in her own words through her letters and journal entries. It will be staged at the Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham on Sunday 14 July.

Previous Birmingham Fest best original piece writer and performer Ginny Davis will present her new one-woman comedy about the chaos of modern family life, UpDownSizing. It will be at the Blue Orange Theatre on Tuesday 16 July.

Using “fast-paced storytelling and physical theatre”, Blue Orange Arts will present Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at the Blue Orange Theatre from Wednesday 17 until Saturday 20 July.

Other venues are @A.E. Harris (Stan’s Cafe) and The Victoria. The festival runs until Sunday 28 July. Further details are available from the Birmingham Fest web site.