See One, Nineteen in Birmingham this weekend

My friend and fellow Archers writer Tim Stimpson has a play on this Friday and Saturday, at the Old Joint Stock Theatre in Birmingham.

I saw One, Nineteen when it was premiered in London. It’s fast moving, funny and thought-provoking. It got great reviews, including four stars in Time Out.

Since then it’s been performed in Suffolk and Salford, and finally comes to Tim’s home city of Birmingham.

And given the news from the other side of the world, the subject matter is, to say the least, prescient. To quote from the press release:

“…Freak storms bring devastating floods to the English coast, but before the rescue effort arrives, the media are already in town spinning their story.
A play about the power of the news, the strength of the government, the question of climate change, and of course, and the search for Sam, Jack and little Chloe…”

See you there, I hope.

More details and to buy tickets

Flyer and production company details

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Stop Tesco in Stirchley campaign

Another Stirchley is Possible is a local campaign opposing Tesco’s plan to build a superstore in Stirchley. 

 
The campaigners, who aim to promote real, locally based regeneration for the area, are holding a public consultation:

Stirchley Community Centre
Saturday 12 July
10.00 – 14.00

to ask residents what developments they’d like to see in their neighbourhood.

They say:

“There are many reasons why we think that another Superstore in Stirchley is not needed:

  • Massive increase in traffic in already jammed Pershore Rd
  • Tesco’s buying power (4th largest retailer in the world) means it will force all other local retailers out of business
  • We want a Stirchley which will attract visitors and people to live here, not drive in, shop and drive out.”

They don’t appear to have a website (hey guys, set up a blog!) [Edited:  they have:]

Another Stirchley is Possible

Email:  anotherstirchley@live.co.uk 

This is what Friends of The Earth say about the Tesco scheme.

And here is some detailed planning stuff from Tescopoly.