One Red Balloon

One Red BalloonOne small balloon. One epic journey. You’re a small balloon on an epic adventure. Fly your balloon as high as you can before it bursts. Popping clouds will get you bonus points, but if you bump into anything else, your balloon will burst! How high will you fly? A game inspired by the […]

DARE Festival 5 – Call For Artists

DARE Festival 5: We Demand A Better FutureCall For Artists Please note that applications for DARE Festival 5 are now closed, as of noon on 2nd December 2020. We’re leaving this post up for reference purposes only.  Upstart Theatre are thrilled to announce our call for artists for DARE Festival 5, which will take place […]

PODCAST EPISODE 5 – Is Culture Bad For You? (with Dr Dave O’Brien)

In this episode, recorded live at DARE Festival 2019, Tom talks to Dr David O’Brien about Panic! It’s an Arts Emergency, a ground-breaking study into inequality and taste in the arts in the UK. Read Panic: It’s an Arts Emergency. Find out more about Dave’s co-authored book Culture Is Bad For You. Follow Dave O’Brien on Twitter.

Beneath the City – Production Photos

Beneath the City Production Photos by Ali Wright DESIGN TEAM Astrid BehrensDesigner Claire BrowneAssociate Designer Sherry CoenenLighting Designer Find out more about Beneath the City

DARE Festival 2019 – What we learned

We’re delighted to share with you our evaluation report for DARE Festival 2019! We’re really looking forward to bringing you an even more exciting lineup of new performance in October 2020 – in the meantime, happy reading.

BritQuest

We've been looking at the Government's announcement about the Points Based Immigration System and, to be honest, we couldn't really understand it. So we made a game. Want to play and see if YOU can be allowed into the modern paradise that is the UK?https://t.co/sJGcxwviyH pic.twitter.com/TvMFn7bJMZ — Upstart Theatre (@upstarttheatre) February 19, 2020

PODCAST EPISODE 4 – How to Make Birmingham a Fairer City

In our fourth episode, Tom talks to the Citizen Chorus of Beneath the City – a group of citizen performers in Birmingham who’ll be performing with us as part of The Chorus Project. We talked about access to housing and healthcare in the city; about the decline of a sense of social solidarity, and much more.

Upstart Theatre’s Autumn Season

REPUBLIC Draughts Board Game Cafe, 24 September The year is 2119 and the Republic of Mars is finally free. As the leaders of the revolution, the future of the planet is now in your hands. Will it become a land of peace and freedom, or a war-torn wasteland? The choice is yours in this new […]

PODCAST EPISODE 3 – How to Stage a Missing Play

In Episode 3 of the theatre and democracy podcast, theatre directors Tom Mansfield (UK) and Christian Winkler (Austria), AKA Franz von Strolchen, talk about how taking part in democracy can be part of our cultural identity, reviving the Oresteia’s Satyr Play as an act of reconstructing a non-existent memory, and their shared love of the […]

Chorus Project – workshop info for Monday 2nd September

Dear all This is a reminder that the first weekly Chorus Project workshop rehearsal will be taking place at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Monday, the 2nd September. We’ll be starting at 6.30pm and finishing by 9pm at the latest. Please come to the Stage Door on Cambridge Street (at the back of the theatre), and […]