mac’s outdoor programmme hosting more events than ever!

This June mac kicks off a season of outdoor events for the whole family to enjoy. With music, theatre, cinema screenings and comedy performances all taking place within it’s gladiatorial style outdooor arena, the only battle audiences will have to consider is what to attend from the increased selection of events on offer.

MAC first-timers and Birmingham Weekender favourites, Hackney Colliery Band introduce the season on 12 June with an eclectic back catalogue of funk, hip-hop and high-octane rock from the musical coalface, throwing in a few chunks of Balkan brass, electronica and contemporary jazz for good measure.  The musical offering continues with Electric Swing Circus (28 Jul), fronted by sassy female double act, Laura O and Vicki Olivia. Their live set includes electric double bass, vintage samples, gypsy-jazz guitar, keys, drums, synths and electro beats.

Performing in the open air for the very first time is Olivier award-winning, sell-out show: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical. Creating a brand new musical comedy from scratch with suggestions from the audience, musicians and actors use their honed skills in comedy, dance and music to entertain and delight audiences. For classic drama with a twist, theatre goers can enjoy Macbeth (17 Jul), performed by Oddsocks it will be a musical brew of laughter and witchcraft, set in a steampunk style world of value and decency. Additionally, meet the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes as he is called upon to solve the greatest mystery of all time in a performance of Chapter House Theatre’s: Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskerviles (24 July).

Spectra - a performance project for people with learning disabilities, developed through a partnership between mac's Next Generation programme, independent artist Kate DeRight, and Queen Alexandra College, perform their promenade piece Seek/Find (17/18 Jun). The mixed community and professional cast, meander through Cannon Hill Park and mac outdoor arena, offering a mullti-sensory experience for audiences.

For comedy lovers, Barbara Nice’s Summer Special (23 July) is joined by Upfront Comedy’s Summer Jam (20 Aug). DJs and summer food precede an evening of comedy from John Simmit and his comedy fraternity, Slim, Judi Love and Jamie Howard.

mac will also host a series of outdoor screenings from August to September, to be announced very soon.

To see the current mac outdoor programme, visit -



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