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PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

Free exhibitions music theatre

April – august 2012

family activities evening entertainment workshops community events

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Free entry Donations welcome 0121 533 7161 www.thepublic.com New Street, West Bromwich, B70 7PG

2 GO PUBLIC APRIL – AUGUST 2012 New street West Bromwich B70 7PG Enquiries: 0121 533 7161 www.thepublic.com Entrance is FREE – walk straight up to the pink doors for a great experience.

AN AMAZING BUILDING FOR ALL We are proud to provide the highest standards of accessibility. Please contact us on 0121 533 7161 if you require any further information. Free Wi-Fi Wheelchair access Assistance dogs welcome Accessible parking Accessible toilet Staffed reception Visual impairment Assistive hearing Refreshments UK Baby Friendly

HOW TO FIND US With great transport links, The Public is easily accessible: • A couple of minutes walk from both West Bromwich Bus Station and West Bromwich Central Metro Station • Five minutes from J1 M5 • Twenty minutes from Birmingham city centre • Large pay and display car parks within sight of the building (free after 6pm) • Accessible parking for blue badge holders opposite the building. For Sat Nav our postcode is B70 7PG

USUAL OPENING TIMES Pink Tank Café Bar Monday – Saturday, 9am – 4.30pm Sunday, 11am – 3pm Monday and Tuesday, 9am – 5pm Box Office, Reception, and the Ground Floor will be open. Wednesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm, Sundays, 11am – 3pm The whole building including the galleries and interactive artworks are open. Last entrance to the gallery 4.30pm (Wednesday – Saturday), 2.30pm (Sundays). During school holidays the whole building (including the galleries, interactive art works and ramp) will be open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm and Sunday, 11am – 3pm. Booking Information Booking for events is easy. Either pop into reception, call the Box Office on 0121 533 7161 (10am-5pm, Monday-Saturday, 11pm-3pm Sundays), or visit our website www.thepublic.com where the majority of our events can be booked online. Payments can be made by cash or major credit/debit cards. Disclaimer 1) Please check your tickets carefully – mistakes cannot always be rectified, 2) We reserve the right to vary the programme due to circumstances beyond our control, 3) No money can be refunded except in the case of cancelled performances, 4) Every effort will be made to admit latecomers during a suitable break in the performance, but we cannot guarantee that this will be possible, 5) Every member of the audience must have a valid ticket, 6) We regret that we must reserve the right to refuse admission. Concessions The Public offer concessions on some performances. We regret that we may be unable to offer concessions for performances organised by external promoters. Where available, concessionary tickets apply to the following groups (a valid photo ID will need to be presented upon collection/ attendance): 1) Under 16s, 2) Students (possessing a valid academic student or NUS card, 3) Senior Citizens. 4) Schools, for teacher-led school/college groups. Advanced booking is recommended and our staff will be happy to provide any assistance which may be required. One complimentary ticket is available to a companion assisting a customer with access needs (only one ticket per transaction), Concession tickets are non-transferable. Concessions are not available on performances, events or workshops under £5. Groups If you would like to come to a performance as part of a group of friends, students or colleagues, we offer a discount for larger groups over 10 individuals. Every 10th ticket is FREE. Please contact us on 0121 533 7161 or more information.

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Welcome back In this edition of Go Public you’ll find another exciting and packed programme of great art, entertainment and activities.

Since the start of the year, we have already welcomed over 65,000 visitors to The Public who have come to explore fantastic exhibitions and art, watch sell-out performances, get creative and most importantly have fun and enjoy themselves. In our Art of Motion exhibition you will be at the heart of the art works using your body to create pictures, sounds and animations. There’s also the opportunity to get your own work displayed in building and in our online gallery with two open submissions. We have another great season of evening entertainment. As well as up coming musical performances from some of the best original and tribute acts around, we are proud to be launching the Now We Are Weekender over the Easter weekend. For those of you who like to laugh, The Public continues to celebrate the best in new and well known comedians. The Laughing Sole launches in April – bringing an amazing and much loved comedy club to West Bromwich, and

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Al Murray makes his first visit to the building in July. We also have some must-see theatre performances including Big Daddy vs Giant Haystacks! If you’re looking for family activities or fun and entertainment for younger people over the school holidays, check out the Go Learn Section for details of exciting workshops and classes along with information on must-see children’s theatre. Whatever you’re looking for you’ll be sure to find something for you at The Public.

The Management Team: Ian Danby, Neil Anderson, Linda Saunders, Phil Hall.

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GO discover! Traces – by James Alliban

We showcase the best in both established and emerging talent and are excited to present The Art of Motion featuring work by new media artist and interaction designer James Alliban, sculptor Will Nash, artists Paine Proffitt and Steve Chamberlain, as well as animation and film work by Friction Arts and Sandwell Youth Service.

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The Art of Architecture (On display until Sunday 20 May)

Noesis – By John Todd 28 March – 20 May

The Art of Architecture explores how artists engage and interact with the built environment and influence the world around us.

People from Sandwell have worked together with the artist to create a vibrant sculpture woven from thread with each strand a living expression of time, people and community.

The exhibition features ‘A Box of Delights’ by award winning architect Will Alsop and students from Birmingham City University, Walsall College and Sheffield Hallam University, the film ‘Twenty-Six (Drawing and Falling Things)’ by John Wood and Paul Harrison, kite sculptors Heather and Ivan Morison and photographers Andy Day and Rick Davies. The Art of Motion 30 May – 9 September This exhibition uses some of the latest digital technology to put the visitors at the centre of art works exploring the nature and effect of movement. Create amazing art by playing table tennis or by cycling your way through an animated movie. Traces – By James Alliban 30 May – 9 September The exhibition uses the Xbox Kinect© camera and custom made augmented reality software to enhance form and motion. The participant’s movements are reflected as they wander and dance through the space in this specially commissioned piece. For more information visit www.nexusinteractivearts.com. Produced by Nexus Interactive Arts

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Lights, Camera, Action! 30 May – 8 July Be part of The Art of Motion exhibition. We want you to capture images of people in motion, whether dancing, at a sports event or cultural celebration. Send in your pictures or use our photo studio to create your own. Submit your images to www.thepublic.com/ lights-camera-action by Friday 27 April. The best images submitted will be displayed as part of the Art of Motion exhibition. Entry forms are available at The Public Box Office and online.

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6 GO PUBLIC APRIL – AUGUST 2012 Moving Pictures 30 May – 9 September 7 Inch cinema have chosen an exciting selection of films all on the theme of ‘motion.’

Noisy Table - By Will Nash 30 May – 9 September Make music while playing a game of Table Tennis! Every time the ball hits the table it makes a wonderful sound. West Bromwich Albion Paintings – By Paine Proffitt 4 July – 9 September

To You from Super Me – By Friction Arts and Sandwell Youth Service 30 May – 9 September Back by popular demand! Animation and film that reveals the personalities of 8 extraordinary young people. Created in association with Marvel/DC comic book illustrator John McCrea (Batman, Superman, Spider Man) and celebrated image-maker Chris Keenan.

Artist in Residence at West Bromwich Albion Football Club, Paine Proffitt, has produced all the paintings for the entire 2011/2012 Albion match day programmes. Paine looks at the way families have followed West Bromwich Albion over generations.

Colourful Bindis – By Rupinder Sangha 4 April – 20 May A spectacular Asian Cultural tapestry made with 33 pupils from RSA Academy in Tipton. Each pupil created their own designed Bindi using fabrics, sequins, beads and gems. Friday Art Walk at The Public – Guided tours around the gallery Friday 13 April, 11 May, 15 June, 13 July and 10 August at 11am, free entry

Cyclo-mation 2 30 May – 9 September ‘Cyclo-mation 2’ is an interactive and engaging piece of art by taking the ‘cyclist’ on an enthralling journey. Creative art works are brought to life through the cycle power as you sit on the bike, pedal away and make an interactive movie.

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Our monthly guided tours are a relaxed and informal chance to explore the exhibition, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions with our Head of Arts Programme, Ian Danby. Friday Art Walk will take place the second Friday of each month and last approximately 45 minutes. Booking is essential as places are limited for the guided tours. To book a place email: exhibitions@thepublic.com

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Suburban landscape by David Beales and Alfred Wallis

Outside In Friday 18 May, 11am – 5pm, free surgery ‘Outside In’ is a national project which provides a platform for artists who find it difficult to access the art world because of mental health, disability and health circumstances. Artists are invited to create online galleries and submit works via the ‘Outside In’ website for selection to a national exhibition. If you need some help creating your online gallery, please come along to our free Surgery Day on Friday 18 May. Friday 11 May, free workshops, Alfred Wallis, 11am- 1pm and Frank Auerbach, 2pm-4pm We will also be running two free arts-based workshops exploring the techniques of two famous artists – Alfred Wallis and Frank Auerbach. For more information, visit www.outsidein.org.uk.

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Past Lives – By Theo Travis and Dave Sturt Friday 29 June Music for film workshop, 6pm-7.30pm, £7, (£5 concession). Performance, 8pm-9.30pm, £10, (£8 concession). Workshop and performance, combined ticket, £12, (£10 concession) Suitable for ages 14+ A thought-provoking and engaging visual and live musical experience using amateur films of local life from the 1930s to the 1970s. Featuring celebrated musicians and composers Dave Sturt, Theo Travis and members of SinfoniaVIVA. The music for film workshop provides an opportunity to develop skills in composing and performing music with film – looking at ‘capturing a mood,’ exploring musical themes, using improvisation and technology in live performance – discovering the hidden potential of musical instruments. For more information, visit www.thepublic.com.

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8 GO PUBLIC APRIL – AUGUST 2012 George Salter Collegiate Academy celebrates the achievements of their visual arts students in two great exhibitions. Key Stage 4 Exhibition Saturday 12 May – Tuesday 15 May, free entry

Sandwell College present: The HND and HNC Photography student’s End of Year Show 13 June –24 June This exhibition is a showcase of photographs created by the emerging photographers and highly talented students from Sandwell College.

Highlighting the development and creative journey of students from the BTEC level 2 First in Art and Design, GCSE Photography and GCSE Textiles courses. Key Stage 5 Collaborative Exhibition Saturday 16 June – Tuesday 19 June, free entry George Salter Collegiate Academy has worked with a network of schools from across the Sandwell borough to produce this exhibition. Students will showcase the best in Post 16 Art and Design in Sandwell including paintings, 2D and 3D media, photography and textile work.

STEP INSIDE A WORK OF ART AND TAKE THE PUBLIC TRAIL What do the pyramids, the Sydney opera house and The Public have in common? They all feature on the world’s 1001 “must see buildings” list. Designed by renowned architect Will Alsop and Julian Flannery, the building is a fascinating, colourful, delightful and inspiring work of art in its own right fast becoming an icon of the Black Country. We are building a permanent collection of art work from our past exhibitions that is on display around the building. Currently we have six large format prints by one of the UK’s leading photographers, Martin Parr, as well as works by local students inspired by their collaboration with artists. We have an online gallery featuring images from past exhibitions and projects. Visit www.thepublic.com to view a selection of images from Artist Ravi Deepres’ trip to South Africa, from ‘In Living Memory,’ ‘The Summer Exhibition 2011’ and our portrait project at ArtsFest 2011.

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Summer Exhibition 2012 18 July – 9 September Our popular open exhibition for local artists returns for its third year. This year’s theme is Portraits and Places. The deadline for applications is Monday 18 June 2012. For more information, visit www.thepublic.com/ summerexhibition. This exhibition is part of the annual Sandwell Arts Festival. Please note our gallery is open Wednesday – Sunday, and every day in the school holidays. DETAILS CORRECT AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT

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The Public Friends Scheme Being a Friend of The Public is more than just invitations to exhibition Private Views, advance notice of our events and 10% off tickets and PinkTank café purchases. As a Friend you will become part of a passionate, creative and engaging group dedicated to helping us to use the arts to raise aspirations and change lives. An Individual Friendship is just £15 a year and a Family Friendship is £30 a year. For more details, please speak to a member of staff on reception or phone 0121 533 7161.

SPRING DONATION APPEAL 2012 – TARGET: £200

HOW YOUR DONATIONS HAVE HELPED US

We would like to purchase a range of soft, sensory play toys for children aged 18 months to 4 years and people with a Profound and Multiple Learning Disability (PMLD) – in order to make The Public a more attractive and creative environment for all our visitors. To make a donation to our TOY APPEAL, please ask at reception or use our donation boxes.

Thanks to your generous donations, over the last 12 months, £220 has been raised and re-invested back into our charitable activities. We have used this valuable money to: • Commission a local young artist, Rachel Sutton, to produce a beautiful installation (Birds) as part of our Art of Invention exhibition; • Enable dancers from Sampad to perform at our Arts Mela; and • Host a ‘Family Day’ of workshops/activities for Sure Start Centre families.

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Please remember to complete a ‘Gift Aid’ declaration form when making any donations – as this enables us to claim an extra 25% from H.M Revenues & Customs… at no cost to you. For more information about how you can support Sandwell Arts Trust, please visit www.thepublic.com/get-involved or email: giving@thepublic.com.

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GO LEARN! GO Play! Go CREATE!

Don’t miss Bhangra Eggstravaganza, a Bhangra tots workshop for families on Sunday 15 April. See page 19 for more details.

After the sell-out success of February half-term activities we have a jam packed and fun‑filled programme Win a Kindle in of workshops for the whole family our Easter Egg Hunt! during the school holidays. This Easter, explore our building and hunt for special Easter Eggs. Solve the clue and be placed into a special prize draw to win a Kindle! Pick up an entry form from reception.

Easter Holiday Activities 2 – 14 April

Animating Architecture Monday 2 April & Wednesday 4 April 11.30am-2.30pm, £5, suitable for ages 11+ Have a go at making some fun animations and story telling using buildings and architecture as a theme.

The Little People’s Art Zone Every Monday to Thursday throughout the Easter break 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11 & 12 April 11.30am-2pm, £3 per child (includes photograph), suitable for ages 18 months – 4 years

Creative Constructor Zone 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 & 13 April 11.30am-2.30pm, £4, suitable for ages 4-11

A playful zone for playful people. Come along and design your very own puppet for a special photo shoot. A great chance to meet others and get creative together.

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Build model cities on our building block site and make wacky designs in our drawing studio.

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Femtinos: The World of Alien Penpals 3, 5, 10 & 12 April 11.30am-2.30pm, £4, suitable for ages 4+ The Femtino Aliens have landed at The Public and would like some Earthlings to be their pals! Over Easter help write and illustrate a special book that tells the world about the amazing femtino alien adventures. Micro World Photography Friday 6 April & 13 April 11.30am-2.30pm, £5, suitable ages 11+ Create your own characters and hunt for prime photographic locations and explore the amazing world of photography and micro modelling.

Den Building Days Monday 9 April & Tuesday 10 April 11.30am-2.30pm, £4, suitable for ages 4+

Sign Design: Get the right direction Wednesday 11 April 11.30am-2.30pm, £5, suitable for ages 11+

Your den building mission starts here! Explore, create, demolish and rebuild. Join us for a day of great physical fun and get involved in building your very own den!

Design, make and print your very own quirky street sign to help others find their way! The workshops will use Macs, PCs and Photoshop to help give a professional look to your design. All children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Places are limited, book in advance to guarantee your place!

JUNE HALF-TERM Activities 4 – 9 JUNE

The Little People’s Art Zone 4, 6, 7 & 8 June 11.30am – 2pm, £4 per child (includes photograph) Suitable for ages 18 months – 4 years It’s been made bigger, better and brighter! The Little People’s Art Zone lets young children and families play, create and have mountains of fun. In our soft play constructor zone features giant drawing sheets, funky puppets and a special portrait booth for you to record your special creations. A great chance to meet others and get creative together. Supported by:

Drawbotz: Next Generation Monday 4 June & Thursday 7 June 11.30am – 2.30pm, £4 Suitable for ages 4+ Join us for a fantastic fusion of science and digital photography as we take our famous drawbot to the next level. By making moving power sources and light circuits you will be able to create a never seen before photographic spectacle.

Lovely Jub-i-lee Tuesday 5 June 11.30am – 2.30pm, £4 Suitable for ages 4+ A day of Fantastic Jubilee celebrations and craft making for all the family. Create beautiful jubilee flowers and colourful bunting fit for the Queen. The Public will be celebrating The Queen’s Jubilee in style this year, visit our website to find out more.

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Femtinos – The World of Alien Penpals! Saturday 2 June & 9 June 2-4pm, £4, suitable for ages 7-10 Animation fun Wednesday 6 June 11.30am – 2.30pm, £4 Suitable for ages 4+

Make a Comic Friday 8 June 11.30am – 2.30pm, £5 Suitable for ages 11+

Let us introduce you to the basics of stop frame animation – using toys, drawing and basic collage. Each film you create can be taken away with you electronically and will go in our online galleries, visit www.thepublic.com/ online-galleries.

Design your very own comic book page. Learn new drawing tips, how to digitally colour your pictures and how to layout your very own page. Get creative and team up with a partner or work alone, just like real a superhero. We will have loads of comic book pictures but if you have a favourite then please bring them along.

Regular Activities

All children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Places are limited, book in advance to guarantee your place!

Summer at The Public

Saturday Art Club Every Saturday, 10am – 1pm, £4, suitable for ages 4-11

23 July-31 August

Our popular art club features creative activities for the younger artist to design, create and splatter some paint in our fun hands-on workshop.

The summer of 2012 will be packed full of entertainment and activities that will give you and your family something to talk about all holiday.

The Public Art Class Fortnightly, Saturday 7 & 21 April, 5 & 19 May, 2, 16 & 30 June, 14 & 28 July, 11 & 25 August 11am-2.30pm, £5, suitable for ages 16+

The Public is a fantastic day out and will host everything from theatre performances to digital photography classes and wacky sports activities to creative writing. We have special workshops with animation and digital design through to more craft based activities where families can create beautifully themed objects that are out of this world.

Our adult art classes are designed to encourage individuals to practice new artistic techniques in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Join the Femtinos to create a board game about the Femtinos adventures to planet Earth. Design the board, the cards and the characters over the two Saturdays!

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You will always find a way of getting involved and learn new skills in a fun and friendly way. So get up, get active and come along to The Public this summer and explore our very own box of delights! Don’t miss Zumbatomic in July and August, an exclusive dance and fitness programme for kids, see the dance section on page 19 for more details. Keep checking our website for full details or look out for our summer holiday activities leaflet.

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CHILDREN’S THEATRE

Tweedy’s Lost Property Thursday 5 April 1pm-2.30pm Adults £8, children £7 £18 family ticket for 3 people (1 adult and 2 children), £24 family ticket for 4 people Join us for a rip-roaring comedy following the antics of Tweedy, a circus clown, who gives in to society and gets a real job. The star of CBeebies’ Numberjacks will have you crying with laughter as he attempts to run the office – whilst encountering endless difficulty!

Argy Bhaji Arts and Media Productions present: Hip Hope Hero Friday 8 June Starts 2.30pm £7 children, £8 adults £18 family ticket for 3 people (1 adult and 2 children) £24 family ticket for 4 people Suitable for ages 5-11 and families The Hip Hope Hero knows the world’s biggest secret… that inside everyone lurks a hero, even a super hero! Come and meet the Hip Hope Hero and soon your own unique and powerful inner hero will be released. Moving Hands have joined forces with South Africa’s got talent winner, deaf hip hop dancer Darren Rajbal and children across the world to create this new and exciting show which combines dance, animation, original music, poetry and some seriously cool puppets.

Phoenix Productions present: Six Degrees of Phoenix Friday 20 July, starts 7.30pm Saturday 21 July, starts 2.30pm and 7.30pm £7 (£5 concession), suitable for the whole family Join Phoenix Theatre company for music, dancing and comedy. Come along and enjoy a show for viewers of all ages and tastes. DETAILS CORRECT AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT

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Music

We have a great programme of music lined up for you this season including the music festival ‘Now We Are’ taking place Easter weekend and the annual summer festival Judge stock to the amazing Kings Ov Leon and Michael Jackson tribute acts.

Funny Looking Cat present: The Now We Are Weekender Saturday 7 April and Sunday 8 April 1pm-2am (both days) Weekender ticket £15, Day ticket £10, children (13 and under) £5, children (5 and under) free, suitable for all ages The Easter weekend mini-festival presents everything from twee indie pop to rock ‘n’ roll mayhem across two stages and includes over 30 of the finest bands from across the West Midlands and the UK with headliners including Misty’s Big Adventure, Art Brut, Toy Horses and The Lovely Eggs. The two day event also includes a fascinating array of handcrafted merchandise stalls and family friendly workshops for all ages to enjoy, and features DJs from the UK indie club circuit spinning tracks in to the early hours.

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Kings ov Leon Saturday 28 April Starts 8.30pm £8 advance, £10 door, suitable for ages 16+ The UK’s number one Kings of Leon tribute act, return by popular demand following numerous sell out shows across the UK. Support comes from Vault of Eagles and Chaos Parade. Robert Alexander Giles presents: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Saturday 5 May Starts 8.30pm Adults £10 advance, £12 door, £4 children under 12, suitable for all ages Robert Alexander’s vocal skills are so close to the legend Michael Jackson, that many are convinced that he mimes! Get ready to see the infamous dance moves and hear the classic hits in a captivating performance that will leave you wanting more. Support comes from Pink Tribute.

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Blaze Bayley Big Bash Sunday 20 May Starts 7.30pm Free entry with tickets (Tickets must be pre-ordered online), suitable for all ages

Sinatra: Jim McAllister is the voice Saturday 30 June Starts 7.30pm £10 advance, £12 door, suitable for ages 16+

Blaze Bayley returns to The Public as part of his European tour to perform tracks from his brand new album ‘The King of Metal’. His incredible voice and dynamic performance makes him the greatest underground metal singer in the world. Support comes from Dirty Rose, Deezil and Thomas Zwijsen.

A tribute to the legend Frank Sinatra – Jim McAllister epitomizes all the charm and charisma of the legend. Over the last ten years Jim has dedicated himself to mastering the look, mannerisms and most importantly the unmistakable voice that has spanned nearly eight decades. Support from Encore.

The Black and Reds Saturday 2 June 2012 Starts 8pm £5 advance, £7 door, suitable for ages 16+ The Public presents: A Bank Holiday, Black Country Band Bonanza with headliners The Black and Reds – an unmissable rock and roll two piece with a difference. This band never fails to entertain with support from God Damn and Obscure Pleasures.

Pat Giraud Trio (part of Birmingham Jazz Festival) Saturday 14 July 2012 Starts 8pm Free entry, suitable for all ages Celebrate Bastille Day with a truly outstanding French Jazz Pianist Pat Giraud.

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Judge Stock 2012 (in association with George Salter Collegiate Academy) Saturday 7 July 12pm – midnight £8 Adults, under 12s free entry Judge Stock – the live music festival now in its eighth year returns to The Public. The community festival celebrates the best of local talent with three stages of live music, market stalls and a host of fun-filled children’s activities for the whole family. A range of artists will grace the stage from pop and rock and roll tributes to metal and acoustic performances as well as a special appearance by former Stone Roses guitarist Aziz Ibrahim and students from George Salter Collegiate Academy. All proceeds are in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support.

Coming soon… The amazing Queen tribute act Flash (formerly Queen On Fire) on Saturday 15 September.

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COMEDY Sponsored by

The Public meets… Barbara Nice After successful You’ve played at The Public before – what do you love about this iconic building?

The loveable Barbara Nice has been compering The Laughing Sole Comedy Club since it started five years ago. Go Public catches up with everybody’s favourite housewife as she prepares to launch The Laughing Sole at The Public. The Laughing Sole has a great feel and atmosphere, what makes it so special? This a comedy club unlike any other! There is a special ethos behind the night where everybody is made to feel welcome. The comedians provide material which is both clean and not offensive, creating a friendly and light experience. Comedy should not upset or offend anybody and the Laughing Sole is the nicest, most inclusive Comedy Club around – everybody should come along and share in its magic!

We’re really excited to be bringing the Laughing Sole to The Public. I’ve worked with The Public many times and have always been impressed by your high quality venue – pink is one of my favourite colours! The staff are great and the audiences are always up for a good laugh. What have been your most memorable moments as Laughing Sole compere? The press interest when we started the club was amazing – I was even interviewed on Radio 4’s Breakfast Programme. One night I even crowd-surfed the audience! The club has just grown in popularity over the years – meaning we’ve had to do two sittings and even show the acts on a screen outside. We’ve been able to discover and share new talent – including Isy Suttie who is playing the first night. When the audience first saw her a few years ago we reckoned that we had found a future star… and we were right. It’s great she’s on the first Laughing Sole bill.

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sell out shows in Birmingham, the highly regarded and well loved The Laughing Sole Comedy Club heads to West Bromwich. The monthly comedy club launches on Wednesday 4 April and will take place the first Wednesday of each month.* A great night packed with laughs, the best up and coming and established comics, and amazing headline acts – all hosted by Barbara Nice. *except August

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GO PUBLIC APRIL – AUGUST 17 The Laughing Sole – Featuring Paul Kerensa Wednesday 4 July Starts 8pm £8.50 advance, £9.50 door, suitable for ages 16+

The Laughing Sole – featuring Isy Suttie Wednesday 4 April Starts 8pm £8.50 advance, £9.50 door, suitable for ages 16+ The outstanding Isy Suttie headlines the first comedy night and played Dobby in Channel 4’s hit comedy Peep Show. Isy Suttie is an established live performer with two sell out Edinburgh runs to her name, previously nominated for the Best Female Newcomer at the 2008 British Comedy Awards.

The Laughing Sole – Featuring Jamie Sutherland Wednesday 2 May Starts 8pm £8.50 advance, £9.50 door, suitable for ages 16+ Jamie is one of the freshest, original acts to emerge in the last few years and is now very much in demand all over the UK. You will be kept amused with gags, tales, and stories ensuring a performance that will touch everyone’s buttons.

The Laughing Sole – Featuring Zoe Lyons Wednesday 6 June Starts 8pm £8.50 advance, £9.50 door, suitable for ages 16+ Zoe Lyons has become a highly sought after act on both the national and international circuit. Zoe has appeared on Paul O’ Grady and created a huge buzz on the comedy circuit in 2004 when she won the ‘Nivea Funny Women Award 2004’ and reached the finals of ‘Channel 4’s So You Think You’re Funny’ Award in the same year.

Having helped co-write BBC’s Not Going Out and worked on scripts for the BAFTA nominated, Miranda, Paul is no stranger to the big time. The Cornwall born comic is renowned for delivering rip roaring one-liners, that prove you don’t have to be edgy to be funny, the brainy comic is as clever as he is amusing. The Laughing Sole Wednesday 8 August Starts 8pm £8.50 advance, £9.50 door, suitable for ages 16+ A great night packed with laughs, the best up and coming and established comics, and amazing headline acts – all hosted by Barbara Nice.

Avalon Promotions Ltd Present: Al Murray: The Pub Landlord The Only Way is Epic Tour (Warm up show) Tuesday 17 July 2012 7.30pm – 9.30pm £15, (£21.50 with buffet) Broken Britain may be staring into the bottom of an empty pint glass, but don’t lose hope – Al Murray The Pub Landlord is back to fill it up again, with a brand new show of epic proportions. Britain’s most irrepressible Innkeeper will be serving up his premier brew of ale-inspired acumen and bar‑room buffoonery, as part of his 2012 The Only Way Is Epic Tour.

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Theatre

Westgarth Productions present: An Evening with Dementia By Trevor T. Smith Saturday 16 June Starts 7.45pm £10 (£8 concession), suitable for ages 12+

The Foundry Group presents: Big Daddy vs. Giant Haystacks By Brian Mitchell & Joseph Nixon Friday 11 May Starts 7.45pm £10 (£8 concession), suitable for ages 15+ A British Heavyweight Champion Comedy. At 4pm every Saturday, from 1976 to 1988, tens of millions of Britons were in the grip of an extraordinary sports phenomenon: watching two men pretend to fight each other. This is their story in a new play from Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon, writers of the hit ‘Those Magnificent Men’, brings back to the grunting, grappling life the famous feuding wrestlers. Supported by:

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This one man piece about living with the constant problems of dementia is a bitter sweet reflection on the nature of what it means to be alive when you don’t understand the world around you. The nameless old man sits and tells the audience his secrets on how to avoid the true extent of his confusion being discovered, how he has fooled his social workers and his irritation at being constantly asked questions.

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GO Laugh! GO listen! Go watch! Go dance!

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The Public is the ideal place to dance – with something for everybody! From Tea Dancing to Burlesque and a special Bhangra tots workshop and Zumbatomic for Kids. Tea dancing Wednesdays, fortnightly, 1.30pm-4pm, £1, suitable for all ages 11 & 25 April 9 & 23 May 6 & 20 June 4 & 18 July 1 & 15 August The Public invites you to put on your dancing shoes and step back into an age of elegance. All ages are welcome and refreshments are available. No booking required. Zumba Every Thursday 6.30pm-7.30pm, £4.50, suitable for ages 16+ Come and keep fit – Latino style! Take part in the dynamic, exciting and energetic fitness regime sweeping the nation. Zumbatomic Saturday 21 & 28 July, 4 & 11 August 10.30am – 11.30am, £3.50, suitable for ages 4-12 ©

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Aashiyana Arts presents: Bhangra Eggstravaganza – A Bhangra tots workshop for families Sunday 15 April 11.30am, 12.15pm, 1pm and 1.45pm £3 per session, suitable for ages 3-11 Aashiyana Arts will be holding a series of Bhangra workshops throughout the day! A unique opportunity to experience Bhangra dance through interactive movements and storytelling. Have fun, laughter and games with Bhangra bunny! The sessions last approximately 30 minutes. For more information and bookings, please call our Box Office or visit our website.

Burlesque workshops Sunday 27 May & 30 September 11am-4.30pm, (registration 10.30am) £27.50 per workshop (bookings only) These workshops offer beginners the opportunity to learn memorable vintage and modern dance routines, ideal for anyone who wants to improve their confidence. Each workshop will be different and no previous experience is required. For more information, please call Maggie Palmer on 07881 538 780.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS Dance steps/ Zidane Roulette Saturday 30 June, from 4pm, free entry Have your photograph taken and learn to waltz or even learn Zinedine Zidane’s famous Zidane Roulette football move. To celebrate the Olympic torch passing through West Bromwich we have teamed up with Sandwell College so come along and take part in our fabulous portrait project.  For more details visit our website. Watch the Olympics and Paralympics at The Public Join in the excitement as the Olympics and Paralympics come to the UK. All the family can follow events live on screens in our Pink Tank Café Bar throughout July and August. Sandwell Music and Arts Festival Monday 9 July – Saturday 14 July Celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Saturday 2 June – Tuesday 5 June We will be celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style with selected live coverage of key events on the big screen in the theatre. We will have a fantastic day of Jubilee celebrations and craft making for all the family on 5 June in the Lovely Jub-i-lee activity. For more information visit our website.

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Come along and listen to the live music and performances as pupils from schools across the Sandwell borough take over The Public for a week of music and arts activities. For more information, visit our website.

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Sandwell Arts Festival Saturday 11 August – Saturday 25 August The Sandwell Arts Festival returns this summer at various locations throughout the borough. As part of this we will be showing work by local artists in our annual summer exhibition running from 18 July – 9 September. Don’t miss the opportunity to come and see work by your friends and family. Bastille Day Saturday 14 July, free entry, suitable for all ages Join us for all things French on Bastille Day – enjoy food, drink, music and other activities alongside visitors from Sandwell’s twin town of Le Blanc Mesnil. Don’t miss French Pianist/Hammond organist Pat Giraud Trio performing live at 8pm as part of the Birmingham Jazz Festival. Jamaican Independence Day Saturday 4 August Join us in celebrating Jamaican Independence Day with a day of cultural events and activities for all the family. For more information, visit our website.

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West Bromwich Writer’s Group Thursday 5 & 19 April, 3 & 17 May, 7 & 21 June, 5 & 19 July, 2 & 16 August 7pm – 8.30pm free entry, suitable for ages 16+ Do you enjoy writing poetry, prose, plays, film scripts, short stories or even a novel? The group covers all aspects of Creative Writing and supports local creative writers in and around Sandwell. To book your place, please email Suzan at dramansome@hotmail.co.uk or call 0121 533 7161. Knitters at The Public Every Friday, 11am-1pm, free entry, suitable for ages 16+ If you have an interest in knitting and crocheting then come and join the group who do some remarkable knitting for local charities and hospitals in our Pink Tank café. Get some knitting advice, compare patterns and make new friends in good company. NHS Blood and Transplant: Blood Donation Sessions Thursday 10 May, 21 June, & 29 August, 1.30pm – 3.30pm and 4.30pm – 7.30pm, free entry Inviting West Bromwich residents to ‘Save a Life and Give Blood.’ Both new and existing donors are being asked to come forward and book an appointment. Call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk.

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Partners

Monday 16 April, 14 May, 11 June, 9 July & 13 August, £2, suitable for ages 50+ Monthly meetings the second Monday of each month, aiming to reflect the aspirations of older people in Sandwell. Special interest groups at The Public include Art, Play Reading, Italian, Music Appreciation, and Tai Chi. New members are always welcome from across the Sandwell borough. To join or request further information, please visit www.u3asites.org. uk/sandwell or contact Mike Matthews on 0121 357 9019.

Providing high quality music tuition to the children of Sandwell. Around 200 young musicians meet at The Public on Tuesday and Thursday nights preparing for performances throughout the area and at The Public. For more information, please contact Sandwell Music and Arts Service on 0121 569 8502.

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AMAZING SPACES FOR AMAZING EVENTS

The Public is an exciting venue providing a unique and striking setting for your event. We have a range of open and flexible spaces FOR HIRE as well as a fully fitted theatre and café bar with superb bespoke catering.

The ideal place for launches, networking, meetings, seminars, away days and presentations. The flexibility of our spaces means we can cater for large and small events. Our excellent facilities include: •A  ir conditioned theatre (seating up to 250 people). •M  adeleine Carroll Conference and Meeting Suite. •F  ully accessible building. •S  tate of the art projection and sound. •C  onnections for live streaming and outside broadcast. •S  mall meeting rooms for 10 – 20 people/larger meeting rooms for up to 80 people. •D  rop in café bar – the ideal place to meet customers or colleagues. •F  ree access to the gallery and interactive exhibits (during gallery opening hours). •A  ccess to our MAKE retail shop for team t-shirts, badges and corporate mouse mats. •F  ast Wi-Fi connections throughout the building.

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#PublicPrizes A free give away each week! Follow us on Twitter and each Friday we’ll be giving away a cool prize! Be in with a chance of winning tickets to our music, comedy and theatre events, a teddy bear from our gift shop, or even a free coffee and cake! Simply follow @_the_public for more information! Hashtag, #PublicPrizes

Visit the Pink Tank café bar at The Public for a great selection of freshly prepared food at competitive prices to eat in or take away. All of our food and drink are made from high quality ingredients and the team are passionate about delivering excellent service. Pink Tank café bar has a welcoming and friendly

environment and offers good value for money. You can buy homemade cakes and soups, as well as prepared snacks, 7 days a week. Pink Tank café bar is open: Monday – Saturday, 9am-4.30pm and Sunday, 11am-3pm.

Visit www.thepublic.com to find out about the latest events and exhibitions. The website is packed full of interactive content and comprehensive event listings.

Join our free mailing service If you would like to keep up-to-date with the latest events and exhibitions at The Public, join our free mailing. It’s simple to join, visit www.thepublic.com and sign up or call 0121 533 7161.

Data Protection Your contact details will be held and processed on our Box Office database. From time to time we and the artists/performers may send you information about forthcoming events using any of the contact methods you have provided. Other arts organisations and companies carefully selected by Sandwell Arts Trust may also be interested in sending you information on events and products. If you do not want your details to be passed to another organisation, please tell us at the time of booking. (Data Protection Act 1998). Registration Number Z198797X.

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WHAT’S ON HIGHLIGHTS Date Event Children’s Theatre 5 April Tweedy’s Lost Property

Price £7 children, £8 Adults, £18 family ticket, £24 family ticket £7 children, £8 adults, £18 family ticket, £24 Family ticket £7 (£5 concession)

8 June

Hip Hope Hero

20 & 21 July Music 7 & 8 April

Six Degrees of Phoenix

28 April 5 May

Kings Ov Leon Tribute The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute

20 May

Blaze Bayley Big Bash

2 June 30 June 7 July 14 July Comedy 4 April

The Black and Reds Sinatra: Jim McAllister is The Voice Judge Stock 2012 Pat Giraud Trio (part of Birmingham Jazz Festival)

2 May 6 June 17 July Theatre 11 May 16 June Dance 15 April 12 & 28 July, 4 & 11 August 27 May & 30 September Community 10 May, 21 June & 29 August 2 – 5 June 9 – 14 July 14 July July & August 4 August 10 – 25 August

The Now We Are Weekender

Weekend ticket £15, Day ticket £10, children (13 and under) £5, children (5 and under), free entry £8 advance, £10 door £10 advance, £12 door, £4 children under 12 Free entry (tickets must be pre‑ordered online) £5 advance, £7 door £10 advance, £12 door £8 adults, under 12’s (free entry) Free entry

The Laughing Sole Comedy Club – feat. Isy Suttie The Laughing Sole Comedy Club – feat. Jamie Sutherland The Laughing Sole Comedy Club – feat. Zoe Lyons Al Murray: The Pub Landlord – The Only Way is Epic Tour (Warm Up Show)

£8.50 advance/£9.50 door

Big Daddy vs. Giant Haystacks An Evening with Dementia

£10 (£8 concession) £10 (£8 concession)

Bhangra Eggstravaganza Zumbatomic

£3 per session £3.50 per session

Burlesque Workshops

£27.50 per workshop

NHS Blood and Transplant: Blood Donation Sessions Celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee Sandwell Music and Arts Festival Bastille Day Watch the Olympics and Paralympics at The Public, visit our website for details Jamaican Independence Day Sandwell Arts Festival

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