10.30am – 4pm, John Lee Theatre
£40/£38 for Members of the BMI and the Friends of the Centre for West Midlands History
(includes lunch and refreshments)
Rediscover the vibrant theatre scene of Birmingham and the West Midlands. Speakers will give an historical overview of theatre, actors and playwrights: Professor Claire Cochrane will discuss ‘West Midlands Impressario’ Sir Barry Jackson, the Birmingham REP and the dynamism of influence; Soudabeh Ananisarab will explore George Bernard Shaw’s relationship with the English Midlands, particularly his involvement with Birmingham REP and Malvern Theatre Festival; James Kelly will explore the history of John Drinkwater and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre; Keith Parsons and Dr Pamela Mason will trace and assess the success of what has become a multi-million pound business based in Warwickshire, the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Enjoy the uncovered theatrical treasures of the BMI archives including photographs, tickets, programmes and posters.