Grandmaster Flash, Hip Hop, Places & Things – The Visual Experience

Grandmaster Flash, Hip Hop, Places & Things – The Visual Experience

In a spectacular evening, one of the pioneers of hip hop, Grandmaster Flash graced Birmingham Town Hall with hip hop history. 

Saturday 8 September 2018 saw the prestigious building come crackling alive in a nostalgic look back to the past thanks to Grandmaster Flash, Hip Hop, Places & Things – The Visual Experience.

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Miss Littlewood: A Fast-Paced Romp Through the Life of the Legendary Director

Miss Littlewood: A Fast-Paced Romp Through the Life of the Legendary Director

A romp through the life of esteemed theatre director, Joan Littlewood, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) brings her story to life through music and dance in Miss Littlewood.

Born in London, Littlewood leaves her single-parent home for Paris, before attending the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Acts. Eventually rejecting its constraints, she then walks to Manchester and takes over the unsuccessful Theatre Royal Stratford East. Fashioning it into her own company, the radical Theatre Workshop, she becomes a revolutionary director.

We follow her journey trying to find a home for the company alongside Littlewood meeting her life partner, Gerry Raffles (Soloman Israel).

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Birmingham Indian Film Festival: The Song of Scorpions

The Song of Scorpions is based on an ancient myth that the only way to cure a scorpion sting is a song from a trained singer, otherwise death will kill the injured person.

It’s a skill passed down through families and a tribal woman Nooran (Golshifteh Farahani) learns the art of becoming a scorpion singer from her grandmother, Zubaida (Waheeda Rehman).

However, tragedy strikes and since her local village shuns her, she finally accepts the marriage proposal of camel herder, Aadam (Irrfan Khan), who is captivated with her and her voice.

He promises that they will be the happiest couple in the world, but certain discoveries about the tragedy after their marriage then set her on a path of vengeance.

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Babbu’s Bakwaas in Birmingham

Babbu’s Bakwaas in Birmingham

So there we have it. For once, there’s been an odd benefit to the episodes of insomnia that I suffer from occasionally.

I know without a doubt that I shouldn’t be using my phone at night.  Yet, after trying to read something relaxing, meditating, the whole shebang, it was 3am and I still couldn’t drop off.

But rather than waiting for sheer exhaustion to send me to sleep, a random scroll through Instagram sent my heart rate soaring as soon as I saw that Babbu the Painter was coming to Birmingham!

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