On The Edge

Across Birmingham, with the festival hub at Birmingham Repertory Theatre 2-9 July

I Think I Can
Terrapin Puppet Theatre: Created by Sam Routledge and Martyn Coutts (Australia)
Saturday 2 – Saturday 9 July
Birmingham Repertory Theatre

FREE

I Think I Can is an interactive model railway installation that invites members of the public to engage and play by becoming temporary residents via a tiny puppet. Through puppetry, live video, and audience interaction, this innovative public artwork asks “what would you like to be today?” engaging participants in an optimistic task of collective storytelling that deals with dynamic notions of residency and responsibility.
Age 7+

Boing!

Travelling Light Theatre Company and Bristol Old Vic (England)

Sunday 3 – Tuesday 5 July

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£9 / £6

Join brothers, Wilkie and Joêl, in the delirious excitement of waiting for Santa to arrive on the most magical night of the year. Too agitated to sleep, the boys are drawn into ever more exhilarating games that turn their bed into a giant trampoline!
Age 3+

Brush

Brush Theatre (South Korea)

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Sunday 3 – Tuesday 5 July

£9 / £6

A delightful and inventive family show direct from South Korea. Paintings are created live on stage and brought to life before your eyes to tell a bewitching story filled with weird and wonderful characters, live music, dance, fanciful puppets and a company of engaging performers.
Age 4+

The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean

Shona Reppe (Scotland)

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Sunday 3 – Tuesday 5 July

£9 / £6

The clues are in its pages. Everything is flat, pressed, squished. Slowly, page-by-page, the scrapbook becomes the window into a secret world and a curious life unfolds before us - but who was Josephine Bean?
Age 7+

Out of the Blue

Sarah Argent and Theatre Iolo (Wales)
Birmingham City University – City Centre Campus
Sunday 3 – Tuesday 5 July

£9 / £6

Out of the Blue is a perfect introduction to live theatre – full of captivating images and intriguing sounds - followed by an opportunity for the babies and toddlers to play too!
Age 6 – 18 months

Pim & Theo

New International Encounter in association with Odherred Teater, Stiftelsen NIE and Korjammo Culture Factory (England, Denmark, Norway, Finland)

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Sunday 3 – Tuesday 5 July

£15 / £12

Two men were shot in cold blood on the streets of Holland. Victims of extremism, Theo Van Gogh and Pim Fortuyn weren't afraid to make their opposing political views known.

Incorporating sound and film design as well as live performance, four European theatre companies join together to make Pim & Theo – an immersive theatre show about culture and identity, life and rules and the limits of tolerance in our society.
Age 13+

Nosferatu

Bob Théâtre (France)
The Patrick Centre

Monday 4 - Tuesday 5 July
£9 / £6

Dracula, but not quite as you know it...
Unconventional French theatre-makers, Bob Théâtre, bring humour, horror and an inventive use of light bulbs to ON THE EDGE. Are you brave enough to meet our spooky storytellers?
Age 8+

The Broke ‘n’ Beat Collective

20 Stories High and Theatre-Rites (England)

Monday 4 – Wednesday 6 July

The Old Rep

£15 / £12

Come and spend an evening with The Collective; a raw, gritty, funny and moving Hip-Hop gig that explores the hardships faced by young people in the UK today. A unique mash up of hip-hop, theatre and puppetry bringing together four amazing artists: beat-boxer Hobbit, b-boy LoGisTics , puppeteer Mohsen and, from the Midlands, singer/rapper Elektric.
Age 13+

The Hamilton Complex

HETPALEIS (Belgium)

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Tuesday 5 – Wednesday 6 July

£15 / £12

Produced by HETPALEIS, Belgium's leading theatre for young people, thirteen girls reveal what its like to be on the precipice between youthful innocence and adult sexuality.

With names like Charity, Prudence and Destiny, the girls tell horror stories, they sing and dance to music from Joan Baez to hip hop and Les Choristes, they talk, they rebel, they flirt and they play. They demand your attention.

Both visually kitsch and profoundly emotive and powerful, this cracker of a play” (DE STANDAARD), shows how tough it is to find your place in a tough world, testing boundaries, staking your individuality, wanting fun. When everything is changing. When you're 13.
Age 13+

Losha

Monkeyshine Theatre (Ireland)
Blue Orange Theatre
Wednesday 6 – Friday 8 July

£9 / £6

Have you ever wondered where things go when you forget them?

Meet Losha, a magical creature, who likes to collect things, small things, important things, things that have been forgotten. She will share the memories of half remembered stories and bring forgotten dreams to life in a delicate world of light and shadows.

The show is a feast for the senses filled with poetry and dance, shadow play, puppetry and projection. Losha is a rich and thoughtful play that captures the heart and stirs the memory.
Age 5+

Katie’s Birthday Party

Mary-Frances Doherty in association with Young at Art (Northern Ireland)

Birmingham City University – City Centre Campus

Wednesday 6 – Friday 8 July

Open to school parties only

Having just moved school but not quite a teenager yet, Katie reflects on times gone by and looks to the future and all it can be. There will be truths, there will be dares, there will be presents and there will be cake!

Solo performer Mary-Frances Doherty explores notions of childhood on the approach of adolescence, looking at the trials and tribulations of what a young person goes through in the change from primary school to secondary school – exams, results, new school, new friends, thoughts for the future.
Age 11-12

Bliss
Replay Theatre Company (Northern Ireland)

Mayfield School

Wednesday 6-Friday 8 July

Not for public sale

A unique immersive adventure created for children and young people with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties by a very broad-ranging and experienced range of artists.

Somewhere between multi-sensory room and theatre, BLISS takes its audience on a magical journey of sound, lights, music and movement.

Age: PMLD specific

Crazy Jane

Birds of Paradise (Scotland)

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Thursday 7 – Saturday 9 July
£15 / £12

The story of Jane Avril, star of the Moulin Rouge and immortalised in Toulouse Lautrec’s iconic poster. Crazy Jane is a spectacular theatre, dance event with an original razor sharp score by Scottish hip hop artists Hector Bizerk.
Age 13+

REINRÄUMRAUS

PuppeTTrees and DSCHUNGEL WIEN (Austria)
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Thursday 7- Saturday 9 July

£9 / £6

It smells tasty in the kitchen. Pots and pans are spread about. The eggs and the flour are ready too. After shaking and mixing, rolling and battering, something delicious appears on the plate.

Myriam Rossbach, puppeteer and actress of this production, engages with objects and breathes new life into the kitchen. She uses kitchen utensils in unconventional ways, gets them to dance and even lures a tune or two from the pots and pans.
Age 2+

A Feast of Bones

Theatre Lovett (Ireland)

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Friday 8 – Saturday 9 July

£9 / £6 

A gentleman dines at a fine French restaurant – but at Le Monde Bouleversé you never get quite what you expect…

A Feast of Bones is dark musical fable set in the shadows of World War I, featuring live music and an original score.   Theatre Lovett bring their characteristic edginess to Walter de la Mare’s retelling of the classic tale of Henny Penny. 
Age 9+

Why do hyenas have shorter back legs than front legs and why do monkeys have bare bottoms?

Seydou Boro Company (Burkina Faso / France)

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Friday 8 – Saturday 9 July

£9 / £6

A popular tale from Burkina Faso about authority, cunning, conceitedness and consequences is brought to life by five dancers within a beautiful African-inspired set. To recreate the wild and fantastic ambiance, the performers wear animal masks made in the country.  Journey through this magical wild world, where it all begins with “Once upon a time…”!
Age 4+

For further information and to book tickets visit www.ontheedge2016.com

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