Theatre Company is an exciting new project, working within the community
to help develop local theatre skills.
This is achieved by supporting people in their transition from amateur,
semi-professional and youth theatre experience to a professional setting,
as well as encouraging new theatre audiences.
Thousands of young people come into the centre of Birmingham every
weekend looking for some sort of social activity, but rarely venture
away from a few 'safe' activities.
A change from the pubs & clubs
The options available include pubs & clubs, cinemas, theatres and
sporting events - the most common being the pubs and clubs, especially
It is this group of 20-35 year olds along with the more regular theatre-goers,
which we are hoping to attract.
We're looking to break down the pre-conceptions that watching theatre
is 'hard-work' and 'overly intellectual', and intend to reach out
to audiences by creating raw, accessible and original works.
Tucker plays the Prom Queen
Our first production, a new stage adaption of the classic 80's bratpack
movie 'The Breakfast Club' at the Patrick Centre, has many different
levels in which it can be enjoyed.
It has the pure entertainment value associated with going to see the
original film. You can sit back and enjoying the production on your
own terms - whether it be for the 80's nostalgia, the accessible storyline
or the fantastic soundtrack including Michael Jackson, Madonna and
A new experience
Even if you've never been to the theatre before, you can enjoy the
productions on the same level as watching a movie - but you'll also
have the chance to experience what theatre can offer over and above
the silver screen, such as the intimacy with the actors, the feeling
of 'being part' of the action, the added sense of emotion and understanding
of the characters on stage when you see their reactions away from
the 'camera shot'.
cast of 'The Breakfast Club'
setting for our first production - The Patrick Centre (attached
to the Birmingham Hippodrome) also means that going to the theatre
can be part of a social night out, with the many pubs and clubs
in the surrounding area, and not just a 'cultural outing' or an
Creativity and talent
Within the company we've a range of creative talent and administrative
experience, so hope this will help guide the us towards succeeding.
The actors for the first performance are: Mike Hirons, Matt Hill,
Irfan Hussain, Jo Trucker, Ruth Harrell, Robin Bailey and Bob Barnett.
Assisting the production is Ruth Butler, with Jo Tucker in charge
of the set design and lighting design by Tim Harrison.
For my own part, I have grown and developed within the Birmingham
theatre-circle. After attending youth theatre from an early age,
I've gained experience in the running of theatre companies and related
business and have kept my artistic ambitions alive through work
as a freelance performer, director and teacher of both music and
Ruth Harrell, Co-director for Ubiquity Theatre Co. is a teacher,
workshop leader and also a director. She has had considerable management
and co-ordinating experience in both artistic and commercial settings,
and has been working within youth theatre for four years.
Ruth also has a background of 'Theatre In Education' that will be
an integral part of the development of the theatre company.
So that's the theatre company - now come along and see us!
Breakfast Club is being performed by Ubiquity Theatre Company from
27th - 29th May at the Patrick Centre (part of the Hippodrome complex).
Tickets cost £8.00 (£6.50 conc)
For more details or to purchase tickets, contact The Patrick Centre
hotline: 0121 689 3040.