Notes on... Madhead

Notes on... Madhead

MADHEAD may sound like a shlocky 80s horror, but the truth is it looks set to raise way more pulses when the National Youth Dance Company brings it to the Hippodrome's Patrick Studio, July 17. Thirty eight of the UK’s finest young body-movers fuse contemporary dance, physical theatre and hip-hop (...the hippie to the hip hip hop and you don't stop the rock...).

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Stressing 9 to 5?

Stressing 9 to 5?

It’s an accepted part of 21st century living to feel constantly frazzled, and being overworked has become some sort of peculiar badge of honour. But feeling stressed by your nine-to-five doesn’t have to be a way of life, Dolly. Mindfulness teacher Rachel Broomfield gives us five pointers for when the day job gets too much. And if you need a bit more, how 'bout Kings Heath drop-in sessions for more of the meditative good stuff?

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Notes On... Deadwood

Notes On... Deadwood

tune on a seven-key xylophone that's missing two keys. Completely unrelated, Miloš Forman was one hell of a movie director before his death, last year. His filmography includes One Flew Over A Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, The People Vs Larry Flint and Man On The Moon. And his twin sons, Petr and Matěj are, for the first time in the UK, bringing a cast of 20 acrobats, dancers, singers and musicians to The Rep to perform Deadtown, a Wild West humdinger that sounds nuts in all the right ways. Just like their dad.

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Melly's Corelli

Melly's Corelli

The rise of fascism, the powers that be in constant conflict with each other and the stories of ordinary people being drowned out by shouty rhetoric. Sound familiar? The parallels that can be drawn between Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and the current sociopolitical climate aren’t lost on Director Melly Still. But she tells me how she wants to tell a human story, not an ideological one. 

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Get A Hobby

Get A Hobby

Ever found yourself whiling away hours scrolling through Instagram when you could have been doing something (anything) more productive? I’m not denying anyone a good fall down a #NoFilter rabbit hole but your brain might thank you for a more creative pastime. These less than pedestrian hobbies might be just the tonic to reset your busy mind (and clip that phone screen time).

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Notes On... The Drop Out

Notes On... The Drop Out

During the early years of her biotech company Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes took to wearing a black turtleneck every day, in the style of her hero, Steve Jobs. She hired ex-Apple staff and brought in their iconic advertising agency TBWA\Chiat\Day. There's also speculation that she consciously changed her speaking voice to a deeper register, so she would be taken more seriously. And somehow, these are some of the less weird things Holmes has done.

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All the ladies

All the ladies

Friday’s a huge day in the feminist calendar. Maybe the biggest of them all. We've all got it circled in red pen, right? It’s International Women’s Day, and rather than clear a space in your diary to correct trolls on Twitter by telling them that International Men’s Day does exist (it’s on November 19) get down to these awesome happenings supporting local ladies. And prepare to feel pumped about the ace-ness of women in this city.

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DIY in the JQ

DIY in the JQ

Our sweet sweet home is the City of a Thousand Trades. One of those trades has got an entire blooming quarter named after it. So rather than just strolling past the windows and admiring the shiny sparkly things, why not get involved, learn some jewellery-making skills and inevitably become the next Cartier*? *I accept no responsibility for you not becoming the next Cartier.

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Céline Gittens: From Four Years Old to Four Different Roles

Céline Gittens: From Four Years Old to Four Different Roles

It's an hour until curtain-up and I'm sitting next to a ballet dancer, a real life ballet dancer. Unbelievably graceful despite still being in jogging bottoms, Céline Gittens, Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal, is transforming herself into the Rose Fairy for the evening's performance of The Nutcracker. And the humble, strong, knowing 30-year-old is simultaneously talking to me about ballet, Birmingham and burgers...

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