We’ve just had the details through of the much anticipated opening weekend of The Public. Previously surrounded in some controversy the building is finally due to open its doors for the first time at the end of this month with a free festival programme on the 28th and 29th June.
We’ve picked a few of the events we liked the sound of:
SATURDAY 28TH JUNE
10.00am – 4.00pm: The Whale by Talking Birds (also Sunday)
A shiny, aluminium whale basks in the sunshine outside The Public. Its jaws open and audiences are swallowed up one at a time (or two if you’re shy). Inside, visitors are serenaded by a lovesick mariner and given a small gift. Each show is three minutes long and will entertain all ages. Prepare to Dive!
10.00am – 4.00pm: Breathe: Will you walk and talk with me? (also Sunday)
Breathe is a local company specialising in conversational street theatre. Building on a piece of work previously delivered in West Bromwich, the performers engage people by asking ‘Will you walk and talk with me?’ There will be performances throughout the day in 45-minute slots, to be found outside The Public and on the High Street.
5.30pm – 9.30pm: Rhythms of the City
Rhythms of the City are the 12-piece support band of the Brazilian musical legend Bosco d’Olivera. Together with star singers, dancers, horn section and guitarists, the band presents a variety of Afro-Brazilian styles that include samba, samba-reggae and maracatu plus their own developments in samba-funk, samba-hip-hop and salsa. They will round off the opening day with a rousing dance party!
5.30pm – 11.00pm: Mix Tape DJs
A number of local DJs will be playing downbeat music from around the world to help add to the atmosphere in the Pinktank on the ground floor, including Boy Chana, DJ Gilly and Black Smile.
SUNDAY 29TH JUNE
12.00pm – 2.30pm: Mischief Labas
This uber-sociable walkabout theatre collective will present The Elvis Cleaning Company. The Memphis Crew dressed as Elvis will be spreading the word ‘Cleanliness is next to Presliness’. They love their work, and often burst into song as they polish up the town.
1.30pm – 2.30pm and 6.00pm – 7.00pm (2 x 1hr shows): Michel Vedette – Automatic Body Dancing Club
Michel Vedette is a French dance instructor with a big difference. He travels the world with his English assistant, spreading the word of dance to the masses. This quirky and off the wall performer will quickly have the crowds dancing along with him in the Pinktank where the shows will take place.
3.00pm – 5.00pm: Ben Martin Trio
The Ben Martin trio can be found at the Pinktank on the ground floor where they will be entertaining the crowds. This contemporary groove based trio like to experiment with the saxophone and drum and base fusion.
4.30pm – 5.30pm: Dramatic Movement
Dramatic Movement are an exciting local dance collective of eight, young, motivated men, between the ages of 14-19, all in full-time education. Their self-styled choreography slips easily through street, contemporary, crump and breakdancing routines and they are fast developing a strong local youth following. Their performance piece will be in the theatre with projected artwork adding to the atmosphere.
8.00pm – 11.00pm: The Street Life DJs
The Street Life DJs found underground fame after their online podcast found a keen following across the world. Performing live on Radio One’s Essential Selection last year and booked for festivals and events around the country, this duo will be demonstrating new music at its best in the Pinktank.
For those visitors needing a lift, cycle tuk-tuks will provide free green transport from West Bromwich Central bus station to The Public over the weekend.