Stay Connected & Keep Creating: Blog 7

Tue 12 May 2020

Stay Connected & Keep Creating with MAC

For our latest round-up to help you to digitally #StayConnected and #KeepCreating, we're bringing you an offer for comedian Mark Thomas's lockdown live-stream, asking families to join us on a beatboxing adventure (with celebrity guests), plus news on puppet-making tutorials and creative dance residency opportunities.

Lockdown Live-stream: Mark Thomas Bravo Figaro!

Tune in on Thu 14 May at 7.30pm for a live-stream of Mark Thomas's multi award-winning play, Bravo Figaro - featuring a live Q+A. Tickets cost £5 each*, and you'll receive a private link to stream the show live from home once purchased.

The show is Mark Thomas's most poignant and personal, focusing on his father, a self-employed builder with a passion for opera, his degenerative illness, and Mark's attempt to put an opera on in a bungalow in Bournemouth. The show, written in all of Mark's grumpy glory, is about love, death, fathers and sons, and the search for peace in an imperfect world - with a few gags thrown in for luck.

*Advisory age 15+. Show contains strong language.

You can find out more and book your tickets HERE.

Homeskool Beatboxing Adventure

MAC is pleased to announce we have partnered with record-breaking beatboxer SK Shlomo for the launch of a huge project to help kids and raise money for NHS Charities Together.

Homeskool Beatbox Adventures is a weekly live-streamed interactive show, available to watch on MAC's Facebook page for free. The show aims to empower kids and their families to find their true voices and create their own music.

Each week, families will be set creative challenges to raise money by sharing performance videos of their new skills using the hashtag #beatboxadventures. Special guests for the series include Bastille, KT Tunstall, Bill Bailey, Basement Jaxx, Jason Mraz and BBC Radio 1's Dr Rahda.

Join us live from 2pm every Thursday until 11 June and discover your inner beatboxing talents!

Credit: Nucis Designs

Free Online Creative Dance Residencies

MAC’s resident youth dance company launches new online creative residencies for young men aged 14+.

From next week, Man Made Youth Company is launching with a new artistic initiative and learning and participation programmes including online dance and movement sessions and interactive creative residencies. 

This free opportunity is open to young men/male-identifying young people from Birmingham and the West Midlands who are interested in joining our company on Saturdays and during the holidays.

At this time of great uncertainty, we want to continue to promote and celebrate young people’s creative development. We are keen to ensure that Man Made Youth Company carries on supporting young men/male-identifying performers from Birmingham and the West Midlands. 

"We are pleased to be launching this new online programme next week with our first session on Saturday 16 May. If you know any boy/young man interested in dance from the region, please let them know about Man Made.” - Artistic Director, Johnny Autin 

Man Made Youth Company is an all-male youth performance initiative led by MAC Associate Artist Johnny Autin and managed by Creative Academies Network. It aims to inspire and empower young men aged 14-21 through high-quality dance training, choreography workshops, performance opportunities, digital arts and films.

Man Made provides opportunities to hundreds of young people and emerging artists across the Midlands to be involved in multi-disciplinary performing arts activities.  

Sign up here:

For more information, please e-mail Annalise: 

Follow Man Made Youth Company on social media @manmadeyouth

Actor and puppeteer Ben Thompson with ‘Nigel’ Credit: Design: Toby Olié

Puppet Making Tutorials with Autin Dance Theatre

Out of the Deep Blue, a new large-scale production featuring puppetry, storytelling and contemporary dance, will launch next month for families - with the support of Birmingham City Council's Cultural Development Service.

The series will feature five short films inspired by Sea Giant's tales around the themes of climate change and biodiversity.

Each film features a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own puppet at home from reusable household items for the whole family to enjoy!

Released on Mon 1 June on Autin Dance Theatre's Youtube Channel and social media @AutinDT.

New Episode of The MACcast

The latest episode of The MACcast is now live! This week, we hear from Flatpack Film Festival's Young Person's Co-ordinator about Flatpack 2020: The Home Entertainment Edition.

Discover information on how families can get involvedwith popular Colour Box live events, and details of how to access this year's varied online offer.

Presenter Blake Woodham interviews James Sandy - the host of virtual music discussion group, The Album Club: Remixed. The next album up for discussion is Club Classics Vol.One by Soul II Soul, scheduled for Friday 15 May. Find out more HERE.

Get exclusive MAC benefits and opportunities

MAC is proud to be a registered arts charity with community, creativity and audiences at our heart. Whilst we are closed, we are optimistically and purposefully looking forward, and we need our audiences now more than ever.

If you would like to support MAC's future and help us to continue our vital outreach projects benefitting 1000s of people every year, free exhibitions, and exciting programme of events for people of all ages, please consider becoming a MAC Supporter from just £25 per year.

Become a member of our Supporters Circle and receive exciting opportunities to meet our artistic team, invites to special behind-the-scenes events, plus more.