Alumnae Theatre Company bring it back to Birmingham

Posted on Friday 25th April 2014
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An all-female theatre group led by University of Birmingham alumnae is bringing it's latest show to Birmingham as part of a national tour and are offering Birmingham alumni a chance to see the production for free!

Kindle Theatre began in 2005 when an all-female ensemble of Birmingham students graduated from the Department of Drama and decided that they wanted to place the audience at the centre of their productions.

The alumnae created their first show Beastly Beauties, a wild reimagining of British myths set in the fictitious world of the British Tree Society, during their third year at the University of Birmingham. After graduating they boldly took the show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, to rave reviews. The group’s innovative brand of theatre allows audiences toparticipate and immerse themselves in the production, an approach that has proven popular with audiences across Europe.

‘We have made performances in churches, in an ancient iron ore mine, in the back of a van,and in the railway arches under London’s Waterloo as well as in more traditional spaces’ says Kindle Co-artistic Director Olivia Winteringham (BA Drama andTheatre Arts, 2005). ‘Our work is always collaborative and we work with a range of artists working in a variety of creative fields from electro-acoustic composition to food design, neurosurgery and ballroom dancing’. 

Kindle return to Birmingham in May when their new production A Journey Round My Skull comes to Midlands Arts Centre as part of a national tour. A Journey Round My Skull is a love story put underthe surgeon’s knife. The show takes inspiration from a patient’s extraordinary account of brain surgery during an experimental procedure in the early twentieth century. This hour-long production is a tale about an intoxicating but doomed love affair between a neurosurgeon and her patient – a role occupied by the audience. It playfully investigates the lengths we might go to in order to pursue love and the actions we might take to cure ourselves of our most painful and embarrassing memories. Written in collaboration with Perrier-nominated writer Nick Walker and performed by Olivia Winteringham, A Journey Round My Skull has been created in collaboration with a neurosurgeon, an auditory neuroscientist and an anaesthetist who have enabled Kindle to re-imagine an ‘awake craniotomy’ that the audience are invited to experience through wireless headphones.

Win tickets

A Journey Round My Skull is at the Midlands Arts Centre on Thursday 1 May, 8pm. For your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show send your name, contact telephone number, degree subject, and year of graduation to alumnicommunications@contacts.bham.ac.uk with the subject heading Kindle Competition by Tuesday 29 April. Terms and Conditions apply

For further details and to book tickets visit kindletheatre.org.uk.


A Journey Round My Skull is a Bristol Old Vic Ferment Commission, supported by Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England. Development supported by The Basement, Brighton; The Show Room, Chichester; east.by.south.east project; mac Birmingham and National Theatre Wales: WalesLab