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Theatre Partners
Foreword...
Birmingham REP Theatre
Birmingham Hippodrome
As the nights draw in and the bleak
Hotel Partner
Ramada Encore, Holloway Head
midwinter approaches we invite you to
Ticketing Partner
The Ticket Sellers come out, come out wherever you are
Community Partners
aRTpRIDE
Acting Out
and SHOUT!
Queer Ink
Birmingham Blaze SHOUT is Birmingham’s first ever dedicated festival by and for the
Moseley Shoals
Midlands Out Badminton lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. It is a bold and
Moseley Women’s RFC Team ambitious festival that will include arts, sports and politics providing lots of
OutCentral
Godiva Young Lesbians and Gays opportunities to get involved. The festival will attract LGBT visitors from
Birmingham Girls Book Group
across the UK, raising the profile of the city’s lesbian and gay community
Venue Partners
Nightingale Club and changing the way in which we are represented throughout the city.
Eden Bar
Loft Lounge SHOUT has been made possible through the support of the Birmingham
Village Inn LGBT Community Trust, the city’s cultural organisations, a dedicated
ABplus
Birmingham Library Theatre group of staff and volunteers and the financial support of Arts Council
Festival Producer West Midlands and Sport England. Get involved and scream and shout –
David Viney
Shout Steering Group
your support will help to ensure that SHOUT becomes an annual feature
Steve Ball (Chair) of Birmingham’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans calendar.
David Nikel (Sports)
Philip Bowen (Sports)
Lisa Metherell (Visual Arts) Steve Ball
Robert Gibb (Visual Arts)
Hannah Phillips (Performance Arts) Chair
Larna Gallier
Steph Keeble SHOUT Festival
Thanks to
Keith Khan, Paul Kaynes
and Graham Allen

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FREE

Launch EVENT!

Event...
‘Start SHOUTING in style’
Fri 30 October
The Nightingale Club
Our Big Fat Gay Wedding: Festival Launch
B5 Bar, Nightingale Club, Kent Street, Birmingham B5 6RD
Starts 8.30pm until late
Admission FREE
Come and celebrate the launch of the new SHOUT festival by getting
hitched! With the debate raging about civil partnerships vs marriage, we
take a timely look at the institution of marriage. We will be calling your
numbers to ‘marry’ in our Las Vegas style Wedding Chapel. Take your
tickets on the door for the party of the year! Featuring all your usual
wedding suspects including a DJ and singer plus watch out for other
performances on the night.
Your hosts for the night are Drag King and Queen Pete Sake and Glitzd
De Sparkelo.
Dress code - Brides and Grooms!!! This is supposed to be the best night
of your life so dress to impress as you never know who you might marry!
Gender bending is absolutely encouraged.

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Performing
Arts...
There’s something for everyone in
SHOUT 2009’s performance programme!
If dance theatre is your thing then ensure you book your seat at the
Hippodrome for Matthew Bourne’s 21st Century makeover of Oscar
Wilde’s fable, Dorian Gray. Or if you’d prefer two naked Germans in a
bath in an intimate space, Tough Time, Nice Time will be fun time at the
Door at the Birmingham Rep. How about some innovative, contemporary
Queer theatre? The Fear of Queer, a festival commission is at the Custard
Factory with a diverse cast of emerging local artists. While Coochie Tales
takes a look at life for Black gay people growing up in Britain. We are also
dragging the odd Brummie back from London for the festival, such as the
fabulous Claire Dowie.
Watch her turn into a man in the hilarious H to HE. Fancy a few more
laughs? Divas won’t disappoint with a night of music and comedy at the
Glee Club hosted by the one and only Mrs Barbara Nice. Education is
also key to this year’s SHOUT Festival programme so don’t miss local
Health and Education company, HEARTH’s Straight Talking at the
Crescent Theatre or Birmingham Library Theatre Company’s Theatre in
Education piece, Who’s Breaking?

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tough time, nice time


Wed 4 - Sat 7 November, 7.45pm
Birmingham REP Theatre, Centenary Square,
Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP
Tickets £10
Available from the REP Box Office 0121 236 4455 or
www.birmingham-rep.co.uk Post Show Discussion Thursday 5 November.
A secret, a spa in Bangkok and two naked Germans…
Martin, an ex-rent boy drug-dealing lawyer, offers to share his tales of misfortune with Stefan, a jaded hack writer on a junket.
Together they engage in an intricate exchange of outrageous stories, weaving through movies, sex, celebrity and genocide. With its
razor sharp dialogue and lightning pace,
Tough Time, Nice Time is challenging, vividly imaginative and utterly absorbing.
Ridiculusmus make seriously funny and deadly serious theatre, earning them a reputation as one of the most exciting theatre
companies working in the UK. They have won numerous awards including a Time Out Live Award, Total Theatre Award and Herald
Angel Award.

NEW ADVENTURES, SADLER’S WELLS AND THE


EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL PRESENT...

MATTHEW BOURNE’S

DORIAN
Tue 10 - Sat 14 November,
various times
Birmingham Hippodrome,
Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4TB
Tickets from £14.50

GRAY
Available on 0844 338 5000 or
www.birminghamhippodrome.com

Oscar Wilde’s gothic fable becomes a darkly


seductive dance theatre event from master storyteller
Matthew Bourne. Set in the image obsessed world of
contemporary art and politics, this “black fairy tale”
tells the story of an exceptionally alluring young man
who makes a pact with the devil. Amongst London’s
beautiful people, Dorian Gray is the “It Boy” - an icon
of beauty and truth in an increasingly ugly world.
The destructive power of beauty, the blind pursuit of
pleasure and the darkness and corruption that lie
beneath the charming façade make up the themes
behind Wilde’s cautionary tale that have never been
more timely.

FREE Post Show Talk


Tuesday 10 November
Please call Ticket Sales on
0844 338 5000 for details.
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divas
Mon 16 November, Doors Open 7pm
Seated for 7.45pm show starts at 8pm until 10.30pm (interval 9pm)
Glee Club, Arcadian Centre,
Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4TB
Tickets £6.50/£5.50 (concessions)
Available on 0844 338 5000 or www.birminghamhippodrome.com
ZOE LYONS

Join us for an eclectic night of comedy and live music at Birmingham’s top
comedy venue, the Glee Club. Birmingham’s own Gay Icon, Mrs Barbara
Nice, will be your compère for the evening. The hilarious Phoenix Nights
and Corrie star will be kicking off the camp comedy and will also be joined
by the UK’s top LGBT comics; star of BBC’s Just A Minute Chris Neill,
regular contributor on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour Lizz Carr and Mock the
Week’s award winning Zoe Lyons. Music and Cabaret will be performed by
local West Midlands’ artists Faye Bagley, Michael James, Paul Rahme,
Eeek and the infamous Twiggy.
“…TOP ONE LINERS…THIS IS A SMART, TIGHT, WELL WRITTEN
ZOE LYONS:
SHOW…” SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE ★★★★
CHRIS NEILL: “CHRIS NEILL IS DELICIOUSLY FUNNY; BITCHY AND SHARP, HE WOULD
SUIT HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU PERFECTLY.” THE LIST
MRS BARBARA NICE: “A HYBRID BETWEEN VICTORIA WOOD AND MRS. MERTON.” THE TIMES
LIZZ CARR: “SUPREMELY FUNNY, TWISTED AND EDGY.” TIM ALLEN, TIME OUT

CHRIS NEILL FAYE BAGLEY PAUL RAHME TWIGGY MRS BARBARA NICE LIZZ CARR MICHAEL JAMES EEEK

“THE FUTURE’S BRIGHT... THE FUTURE’S QUEER!”

the fear of queer


Devised and Directed by Hannah Phillips
Original Composition: Nik Haley

Thu 19 - Sat 21 November 2009, 8pm


The Custard Factory Theatre, Gibb St, Digbeth
Tickets £5.50 /£5 (concessions)

The Fear of Queer is an explosive, contemporary, theatrical exploration of


Queer, identity, representation, homophobia, sexuality and desire, intolerance
and prejudice specifically developed for SHOUT. The fast paced, short,
experimental piece of theatre is a multi-disciplined fusion of drama, physical
theatre, movement, dance, music and song performed by a diverse company
of West Midlands’ artists. Research to develop the piece has also focused on
the West Midlands’ LGBT experiences, using material such as Gay
Birmingham Remembered.
Hannah Phillips is a Birmingham based theatre maker, director and lecturer
who specialises in devising, writing and directing theatre which has
Post Show Talk
community and educational aims.
Thursday 19 November featuring
Hannah Phillips and Paul Harfleet “HANNAH IS ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S FOREMOST FEMALE DIRECTORS.”
(ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF THEATRE VENTURE, LONDON 2005)
discussing both the play and the
Pansy Project. Join us! Let Ms. Gorgeous Lesbian take you on a journey to remember!
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Performing Arts...

h to he (I’m turning
into a man)
Written and Performed by Claire Dowie

Sun 22 November, 7pm


Patrick Centre, Thorp Street,
Birmingham B5 4AU
Tickets £8

Inspired by Kafka’s Metamorphosis, H to He adds new


twists to the maze of gender identity and sexuality...
one morning a woman wakes up to discover she is
turning into a man.

“AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF THEATRE:


CHALLENGING, UNCOMFORTABLE,
FUNNY, SHOCKING EVEN, AND
ENTERTAINING ALONG THE WAY.” Post Show Discussion on Claire’s novel ‘Creating Chaos’.
TIME OUT

coochie tales
A Black Bubblegum Production

Tue 24 November, 7.30pm


THE SPOKEN WORD PRODUCTION RUNS FOR A TOTAL OF
1 HOUR 30 MINS (WITH A 10 MINUTE INTERVAL).
Library Theatre, Paradise Place,
Birmingham B3 3HQ
Tickets £7/£5.50 (concessions)

Coochie Tales is a spoken word piece with a twist.


Funny, witty, vibrant and reflective this performance will
give you an insight into what life is like as a Black Gay
person growing up in multicultural Britain.
Focusing on a series of monologues from both a female
and male perspective within the Black Gay community,
Coochie Tales will touch upon a wide range of topics
from love to coming out. From that first kiss to having a
bad hair day, everyday stories from the lives of Black gay,
lesbian and bisexual people in the UK.
Coochie Tales will be performed by some of the best
spoken-word artists currently in the Midlands. Holding
the torch are Carol Leeming, Leeanne Stoddart, Cheri
Gillings and, from London, Dean Atta.
Coochie Tales will premiere at the Shout Festival.
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straight talking
By Polly Wright

Thu 26 & Fri 27 November, 7.30pm


Crescent Theatre, Sheepcote Street,
Birmingham B16 8AE
Tickets £6

Jasmin is a lesbian who wants to get pregnant.


Paul is a young gay man who’s depressed and worried that he
might have cancer.
Chris is a successful business man who likes cruising in more
senses than one.
Irene - his wife - is concerned about some mysterious symptoms.
They all want help from their GPs... but can their needs be met?
Research shows that 27% of gay men and 44% of lesbian and bi-
sexual women do not disclose their sexuality to their GP and that
some health professionals would prefer that the whole subject was
kept secret. Could it be that, despite the Equalities Act, some
people’s sexuality is more “equal than others”?
Straight Talking gets the whole issue out in the open. Originally
commissioned to train health professionals, Straight Talking is a
powerful drama in its own right which explores the ways in which
secrecy can warp lives and seriously damage our health.

FREE
EVENT!
A preview performance of

who’s breaking?
Written by Philip Osment
Directed by Hannah Phillips
Performed by
Birmingham Library Theatre Company

Mon 30 November, 5.30pm


Library Theatre, Paradise Place, B3 3HQ
Admission FREE (opportunity for donations)
Who’s Breaking? is a moving yet humorous and
accessible exploration of HIV, relationships, masculinity
and sexuality for young people.

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Visual Arts...
The SHOUT Visual Arts programme offers
a series of dynamic and diverse cultural
events - some of them will be the first of
their kind in Birmingham.
It will be showcasing both local and international artists and offering
training opportunities for artists connected to the West Midlands. SHOUT
offers a major retrospective from gender queer photographer Del LaGrace
Volcano - the first in the world. We are also pleased to announce an
international queer symposium, The Pansy Project and portfolio reviews
for creative individuals.
The Birmingham International Queer Open competition will light up the
city through a series of public projections. There is a lot more happening
including photography and creative writing workshops, Criss Cross
Cultural workshops with Del LaGrace Volcano – to find out more please
see www.getreadytoshout.org

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FREE
EVENT!
birmingham
queer open
Tue 3 - Fri 6 November
Various Locations,
Birmingham City Centre
(Big Peg, Curzon Street and Gay Village)
Admission FREE

Taking ‘Queer’ to the streets of Birmingham. The


work of artists from around the world will be
projected onto prominent city centre buildings for
four nights, culminating on Friday 6th in the Gay
Village area when the winner of this open
competition will be announced. See festival website
for locations and times.

IMAGE SHOWN - ‘SAN FRANCISCO FIN’ AND ‘INJECTION’, SASSAFRAS LOWREY, USA

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corpus queer: a del lagrace JAHEEDA CHOUDURY,


MANCHESTER 2006 FROM
FEMMES OF POWER

volcano retrospective
Curated by Lisa Metherell, Robert Gibb and Del LaGrace Volcano

Fri 6 - Fri 27 November, Mon - Sat 11am - 4pm


OPENING
The Works Gallery, Jubilee Works, NIGHT PARTY
Pershore Street, Birmingham, B5 6ND 6PM-9PM
Admission FREE
CONTAINS SOME EXPLICIT IMAGES

The first retrospective of Del LaGrace Volcano’s work, a


gender variant visual artist. His work spans over twenty
years of gender terrorism exploring the hermaphroditic
traces of the human body. The show draws on work from
around the globe. This is the first time this major collection
of work has been shown in one place. Alongside his more
well known work (both as Volcano and as Della Grace),
there will be work never shown before, contact sheets and
press clippings that chart his art practice and life. SELF PORTRAIT IN COLLABORATION WITH
INDRA WINDH, BARCELONA 2004

HERM TORSO, 2000

aRTpRIDE FREE
Wed 11 - Mon 16 November, 11am - 4pm EVENT!
VAAD Gallery, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham, B9 4AA
Admission FREE
Young and emerging lesbian, gay, bi and trans artists will take over the VAAD gallery showcasing the creative diversity of the
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Speakers include:
Del LaGrace Volcano,
Jonathan D Katz,
Dominic Johnson &
Mandy Merck.

‘troubling
desire(s) in
art’: queer
symposium
Sat 14 November, 9.30am - 5pm
(starts at 10am)

Birmingham City University,


Margaret Street Campus,
Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BX
Tickets £5.50

The SHOUT Festival draws together


Queer Theorists and Practitioners to discuss
‘Troubling Desire(s) in Art’.
The symposium asks whether different
conceptualisations of desire might find common
ground through visual methods.

DOMINIC JOHNSON, TRANSMISSION 2007. PHOTO: SERGE HOELTSCHI

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the pansy project


Thu 19 - Sat 21 November
Various Locations, Birmingham City Centre

Artist Paul Harfleet revisits locations where homophobia has been experienced and plants pansies. These self seeding pansies
act as a living memorial to this abuse and operate as an antidote to it; some pansies wither whilst others thrive in car park
borders and windswept road verges. Each pansy’s location is named after the abuse received, photographed then posted on
his website. What began as a small-scale autobiographical artwork has grown into an international project, which has been
included in festivals in Liverpool, Manchester, New York and London.
For SHOUT, Harfleet will plant pansies along Hurst Street; the installation will reclaim the street and create a living memorial to
homophobic abuse experienced in the gay village area and the wider city. Paul enables others to get involved by distributing
pansies to the public who will make symbolic plantings across Birmingham.
Search ‘The Pansy Project’ on Facebook to take part in the project.
For further information visit...
thepansyproject.com
thepansyproject.blogspot.com

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In recognition of our commitment to
the LGBT community, Birmingham
and Solihull Mental Health NHS
Foundation Trust and the Trust’s
LGBT staff network are pleased to
support SHOUT.

BSMHFT is:
• A Stonewall Diversity Champion - we
believe people perform better when
they can be themselves.

• Taking positive action to provide


sensitive and appropriate information,
care and services to our lesbian, gay,
bisexual and trans clients.

• Working with the community to


challenge stigma in all forms. www.bsmhft.nhs.uk
Visit our website for
details of future events
with the lgbt community.
Sports...
SHOUT has teamed up with
Birmingham’s leading LGBT sports
groups and Moseley RFU Women’s
Team to deliver an exciting sports
element to the festival. Offering taster
sessions and exhibition matches in
swimming, rugby, badminton and
football
Most people don’t associate being gay with playing sport but there is a
thriving LGBT sports scene in the UK. Keeping physically active can
prevent major illnesses and is the basis for a healthier lifestyle.
The UK government recommends that adults aim to do at least 30
minutes of moderate intensity activity on five or more days of the week
and that children and young people do 60 minutes every day. With recent
statistics suggesting we suffer poorer health than our heterosexual
counterparts, there has never been a better time to get active and get fit.

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urban sports day FREE


EVENT!
Sat 7 November, 11am - 4pm
Southside Car Park, Hurst Street, Birmingham
Admission FREE
The Urban Sports Day is a chance for people to try out
sports in an environment focused on building confidence,

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improving health, having fun and making friends - right at

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the heart of Birmingham's gay scene.

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For one day only the Southside Car Park at the bottom of

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Hurst Street will be transformed into an arena hosting
various football, badminton and rugby events. The day is

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completely free and no pre-registration is required, just
turn up and join in!

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swimming with ‘moseley shoals’
why swim?
Swimming is a healthy and relaxing activity. It tones the body and provides an excellent
cardiovascular workout as well. It also strengthens your heart muscles and improves the
delivery of oxygen to the different parts of the body. It’s a great, low impact workout suitable
for everyone!
SHOUT has teamed up with Moseley Shoals to offer taster sessions and coaching for both
experienced and new swimmers. Moseley Shoals is one of the biggest gay sports clubs in
the UK and has been swimming at Birmingham pools since forming almost ten years ago.
The group is friendly and social, offering the chance to meet up for a splash about or to
seriously swim.
They currently swim three times every week at the historic Moseley Road Pool in Balsall
Heath. The pool is on the frequent 50 bus route and offers good road access. The group
have regularly competed in swim galas, the next of which is likely to be in Hamburg,
Germany during April 2010. The group have travelled the UK and Europe for swim events
or just on their Shoals Breaks in the Sun!!!

swimming coaching FREE


sessions with EVENT!

moseley shoals
Wed 4 & Wed 18 November, 8pm - 9pm
Moseley Road Pool, Moseley Road,
Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9BX
Admission FREE
Meet a qualified coach who will assess your stroke, offer
advice and help you build a training plan for future weeks.

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women’s rugby
See www.getreadytoshout.org for dates and times
Working with Moseley Women’s RFC Team, SHOUT is offering taster
sessions and exhibition matches in Rugby at their Billesley Common
ground. Rugby involves sprinting, tackling, pushing and kicking, and health
benefits include: Cardiovascular fitness and endurance, strength in upper
and lower body.
Moseley Women’s RFC Team is a progressive, enthusiastic women's rugby
team with mixed experience and abilities. All women over the age of 17 are
welcome to join.
Also join us for the Urban Sports Day on the 7th November where you can try
a game of ‘tag’ rugby!
See www.getreadytoshout.org for dates and locations of all Rugby events...

FREE
EVENT!
new or non swimmers taster
sessions with moseley shoals
Sun 15 & Sun 29 November, 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Moseley Road Pool, Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9BX
Admission FREE
For nervous, non-swimmers and family.
Join Moseley Shoals during SHOUT to meet an expert instructor who can help you take a few
strokes and have you in the pool gaining confidence to swim. Our instructor is a qualified
teacher with Birmingham City Council.

water polo taster


Wed 11 November
Venue and time to be confirmed, see www.getreadytoshout.org
for full details
This exciting game is coming to Brum - open to any guys or girls who can swim and like
a bit of fun in the water - we will be shown the rules of water polo and have chance
for a couple of games.

FREE
girlz at moseley shoals - EVENT!

women’s taster session


Sun 22 November, 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Moseley Road Pool, Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9BX
Admission FREE
Moseley Shoals wants you! to enjoy Sunday swims - join some well known female faces from the
community who will show you the way it’s done. This is a women only event.
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badminton with
‘midlands out badminton’
wondering what it’s all about?
The main health benefit of badminton is reduction of bad cholesterol and increase in good cholesterol with regular badminton
play, as well as an increase in general fitness. It is fairly easy to learn and suits all ages and physiques, so anyone can take up the
sport. Badminton is the fastest racquet sport and is also considered to be the world’s #2 most played sport behind soccer.
Midlands Out Badminton is a social, friendly (but still somehow competitive) badminton group. They meet on Saturday mornings
at Aston University, Birmingham, which is handy for public transport, the motorway network and the city centre for a post-shower
lunch.
The group has been playing since 2003 and now attracts around 12 to 15 people each Saturday for a couple of hours of
badminton, mostly doubles. Contact Andy via e-mail at midsoutbadminton@googlemail.com

FREE
badminton tasters EVENT!
Sun 8, Sat 21 & Sat 28 November, 11am
Woodcock Sports Centre, Aston Triangle, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET
Admission FREE
Join ‘Midlands Out Badminton’ at their weekend badminton sessions, with qualified badminton coaches on hand to help
beginners to start to play and offer useful tips to those more experienced players.

FREE
SHOUT LGBT EVENT!
badminton tournament
Sat 14 November, 10am - 4pm
The Community Hall, National Indoor Arena, King Edwards Road, Birmingham B1 2AA
Admission FREE
Midlands Out Badminton have invited their friends from other UK LGBT social badminton groups for a doubles tournament at the
NIA. You can join in as a pair or, if you don’t have a playing partner, they will find you one. If you don’t play yet, go along to watch
and see how much fun the game is.

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football with birmingham blaze


SHOUT is working with Birmingham Blaze, Birmingham’s Community SLGBTI-friendly football team, to offer taster sessions,
exhibition matches and fitness training.
Despite being the biggest sport in the world, football can be intimidating for LGBT people due to the homophobic attitudes still
prevalent in the game. Blaze is different! Football has amazing health benefits such as improving general fitness and stamina, help
with weight management, reducing risks of high blood pressure and diabetes and team games can be good for improving self
esteem, morale and making friends and socialising.
Blaze hold twice weekly kickabouts in Birmingham, every Sunday and Wednesday. Everyone is welcome, male and female, from
seasoned veterans to those who’ve never kicked a ball in their lives. Some go to improve their game, some to keep fit, some to
make new friends, some who like to be involved in something “different” from the bars and clubs on the gay scene, and some to
enjoy their favourite sport in a hassle-free environment. There’s a real mix of ability, yet everyone has a great laugh! All of this
information, and more, is there on our website: http://www.birmingham-blaze.co.uk/

FREE
birmingham blaze vs EVENT!

london falcons GFC


Sun 8 November, 1pm kick off
Birmingham City University, The Pavilion, Moor Lane, Birmingham B6 7AA
Admission FREE
Watch and support Blaze as they play London Falcons in this Gay Football Supporters League match. Blaze are one of the top
teams in the league and this promises to be an exciting fixture. The GFSN league website is http://league.gfsn.org.uk/
Join Blaze in the ‘Blaze’ sports lounge at the Village Inn for a post match party from 4.30pm, buffet provided and meet the
teams.

FREE
5 a-side taster EVENT!
Wed 11 & Wed 25 November, 7pm - 9pm
Goals, Star City, Watson Road, Birmingham B7 5SA
Admission FREE
Play this exciting, fast paced game at this friendly training session. All abilities welcome. Experienced players will be on hand to
offer support to beginners. With a small play area and fast, intense games, this will give your whole body a superb workout, and
increase your fitness and stamina levels immensely.

FREE
11 a-side taster & EVENT!

fitness event
Sun 15 & Sun 29 November, 12.45pm
Moseley Bog, Windermere Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 9JP
Admission FREE
Join Blaze for 11-a-side fitness and skill training, followed by football training.
All welcome, regardless of ability. Arrive at 12:45pm to meet the team,
ask for Michael McCulley (Chair) or Ian Thomas (Manager).

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CAFE BAR OUTSIDE GARDEN CHAMPAGNE & COCKTAIL BAR RESTAURANT

Inspired by vibrant New York City living, The Loft Lounge


is a place that’s cosmopolitan yet completely relaxing.
It’s a great place for you and your friends to chat over coffee or to party with
champagne and cocktails. Or why not enjoy a delicious meal in our stylish restaurant
- whether it be a romantic dinner for two, or in the company of a group of friends.
Our team are here to make your visit a comfortable and enjoyable one. So the next
time you’re in Birmingham, head for The Loft Lounge, set in the heart of
Birmingham’s Southside and gay quarter.

Open all day everyday from 11am.


Restaurant Menu & Tapas served daily until 11pm.

Sexy, stylish and chic, it’s the place to be seen!

The Loft Lounge

143 Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham, B5 6RG


Tel: 0121 622 2444 www.theloftlounge.co.uk
Your Shout...
Your SHOUT brings you an exciting
programme of events and workshops
designed to explore all aspects of LGBT
community life in Birmingham by bringing
together LGBT thinkers, activists, artists,
authors and performers as well as
working with community groups in the
city to programme content for the
festival.
These include Peter Tatchell, Fiona Shaw, Richard Beard, Sophia
Blackwell and groups such as Queer Ink, Rainbow Voices, A Cappella,
Acting Out and aRTpRIDE. Mrs Barbara Nice will lead a comedy
workshop for all you budding comics. Come along to the Lesbian Review
at the Fox featuring a host of talent from the community. If you’re
interested in LGBT politics then you won’t want to miss events such as
Queer Question Time and a talk by human rights activist Peter Tatchell.
If reading’s your thing then Fiona Shaw and Richard Beard will be in town
talking about their books.
See www.getreadytoshout.org for full details of all SHOUT workshops,
including Creative Writing, Photography and Cris Cross Cultural with Del
LaGrace Volcano.
We’ll even be running a pilot radio show and many of these events are
free.

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SHOUT radio, pre festival show


Fri 30 October, 3pm - 5pm
www.rhubarbradio.com
Join Hannah Phillips and guests for a preview of all the SHOUT festival highlights, including event information, interviews with
artists and performers and chat on LGBT issues on SHOUT Radio.

acting out presents


dragged off!
Fri 30 October, 8pm & Sat 31 October, 2pm & 8pm
The Wellington, cnr Bromsgrove Street and Bristol Road,
Birmingham B5 7AH
Adam spends his weekends entertaining a local audience in drag but when he
dies suddenly a community struggles to come to terms with the loss of a local
legend. But the funeral organized by the family commemorates the man behind
the make-up, leaving some mourners frustrated.
When the family learn the truth about Adam they struggle to come to terms
with his secret but Adam’s brother soon comes to understand what the
community have lost and hatches a plan commemorate his brother’s alter ego.

mrs barbara nice’s ABplus


comedy masterclass
Sun 1 November, 11am - 5pm with post workshop
performance open to the public from 6pm
ABplus, 29-30 Lower Essex Street, Birmingham B5 6SN
Admission FREE
Think you’re funny? Ever wanted to be on stage? Join Barbara Nice, Kings
Heath’s favourite housewife, for a workshop on stand-up comedy. Barbara
FREE
will reveal all the tricks of the comedy trade and prepare her students for a EVENT!
live performance later in the evening.
MRS BARBARA NICE

fannie flagg’s ‘fried green tomatoes


FREE at the whistle stop cafe’
EVENT!
birmingham girls book group
Sun 1 November, 3pm. Film showing at 5pm
The Fox, Lower Essex Street, Birmingham B5 6SN
Admission FREE
Birmingham Girls Book Group will meet to discuss Fannie Flagg’s ‘Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe’. In 1991 the
novel was adapted into the film Fried Green Tomatoes. The group will also discuss the film adaption which will be shown at
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FREE
young LGBT art EVENT!
Tue 3 - Sun 29 November
Birmingham Repertory Theatre Foyer, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP
Admission FREE
Young people from two of the regions LGBT youth groups, Out Central and GYGL, showcase art works created for the SHOUT
festival. See festival website for more details.

‘live sessions’ at the loft lounge


Every Friday in November (6, 13, 20, 27)
5pm - 7pm for pre theatre dinner
Loft Lounge, Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham B5 6RG
FREE
Admission FREE EVENT!
Join up-and-coming musicians from the Birmingham area for live acoustic
sets and enjoy a pre theatre meal at this award winning lounge bar.

lesbian review FREE


Sun 8 November, 8pm EVENT!
Fox Bar, Lower Essex Street, Birmingham B5 6SN
Admission FREE
Join performers and singers drawn from the city’s lesbian community for an evening of entertainment.

queer question time


Wed 11 November, 7.30pm
Patrick Centre, Thorp Street, Birmingham B5 4AU
Tickets £5
With a General Election looming, SHOUT brings together a panel of politicians from the main parties, and LGBT thinkers such as
Peter Tatchell, to debate the issues facing the LGBT community in both the city and nationally. Like the BBC’s Question Time,
you ask the questions. So join the debate.

FREE
drama workshops - with acting out EVENT!
Sat 14 & Sat 21 November, 12noon - 3.30pm
The Wellington, cnr Bromsgrove Street and Bristol Road, Birmingham B5 7AH
Admission FREE, lunch provided
A chance to explore your creative talents through a fun, informal drama workshop. The workshops will
be run by Acting Out. All are welcome and no experience is necessary. Please wear loose, comfortable
clothing. Refreshments will be provided. For more information about Acting Out, visit our web site at www.actingout.org.uk

SHOUT live alternative music event FREE


Sun 15 November, 4pm - 9pm EVENT!
Eden Bar, Sherlock Street, Birmingham B5 6NB
Admission FREE
Bored with all the drag acts and divas on a weekend? Or just after something different?
Join us in the marquee at Eden for a one-off evening of alternative live music from some of the
city’s hottest up-and-coming bands and DJ’s. 25
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peter tatchell - the unfinished


battle for LGBT equality
Plus showing of the film ‘Beyond the Pink Curtain’

Wed 18 November, 7pm


Library Theatre, Paradise Place, Birmingham B3 3HQ
Tickets £5
Charismatic, controversial and passionate. Peter Tatchell talks about the ‘unfinished battle for LGBT Equality’. Peter Tatchell has
been campaigning for human rights for over 40 years, on issues of democracy, civil liberties, social equality, environmental
protection, peace and global justice.
More info: www.petertatchell.net and www.greenoxford.com/peter. Following Peter’s talk will be a showing of a new film:
Beyond the Pink Curtain (70 minutes) see www.getreadytoshout.org for full details.

ABplus brum bifest


Sat 21 November, 11am - 8pm
ABplus, 29/30 Lower Essex Street, Birmingham B5 6SN
Tickets £3 (waged) /£5 (unwaged) (concessions) pay on the door
Like men? Like women? Like both? Come along to Brum BiFest: a one-day get-together for bi people
and our allies. We'll be at ABplus in central Birmingham from 11am to 8pm on 21st November 2009.
BiFest’s are about celebrating and exploring bisexuality in the form of bi-friendly surroundings
where there are workshops, discussion sessions and chill out spaces.
For more information go to http://brum.bifest.org or phone 01213144839 (please leave a voicemail).

tell it to the bees


An evening with Fiona Shaw

Mon 23 November, 7.30pm


Library Theatre, Paradise Place, Birmingham B3 3HQ
Tickets £4
An evening with author Fiona Shaw, discussing the book ‘Tell it to the Bees’. A mother is
distraught at the break-up of her marriage. When her young son, Charlie, makes friends with
the local doctor, Jean Markham, her life is turned upside down. Charlie tells his secrets to no
one but the bees, but even he can’t keep his mother’s friendship to himself.

‘A PAGE-TURNING, INVOLVING READ THAT MAKES YOU ASK BIG QUESTIONS


ABOUT THE WORLD AND ITS PREJUDICES. LIBERATING AND UPLIFTING’ JACKIE KAY
In association with Tindal Street Press

becoming drusilla
An evening with Richard Beard & Drusilla

Wed 25 November, 7.30pm


Library Theatre, Paradise Place, Birmingham B3 3HQ
Tickets £5
PHOTOGRAPHER CHARLES GLOVER
An evening with author Richard Beard and his friend Drusilla, discussing the book Becoming Drusilla.
This is the story of how Drew became Dru - of a friendship re-evaluated during transition. Becoming Drusilla explores what we
think we know about ourselves, our friends, and our families and how this can often turn out to be very wide of the mark.
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SHOUT radio, wrap show


Sat 28 November, 3pm - 5pm
www.rhubarbradio.com
Join Hannah Phillips and guests for a round up of all the SHOUT festival highlights, including event information,
interviews with artists and performers and chat on LGBT issues on SHOUT Radio.

rainbow voices “rainbow variations”


Sat 28 November, 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm
Trefoil House, Brownsea Drive B1 1QL
(Opposite Cleveland Tower, off Holloway Head. 5 mins from train station/gay village).
Full disabled access.
Tickets: £9/£7 (concessions)
Comedy diva Mrs Barbara Nice will host an evening of comedy and music in her own
inimitable style. Rainbow Voices LGBT choir will perform a kaleidoscope of
songs spanning gay anthems, Mozart and musicals - including Avenue Q and
Westside Story. BSL signed throughout.
Free festive nibbles plus cash bar. www.rainbow-voices.org.uk

aRTpRIDE women’s workshops


Sat 28 & Sun 29 November FREE
Venue tbc, see festival website for more details EVENT!
Admission FREE SOPHIA BLACKWELL

Visual artists Becky Tebbett and Paddy Broughton, and performance poet Sophia Blackwell
lead a weekend of creative workshops for LGBT women. These artists will facilitate the creative process
through 6 workshops over the weekend, culminating in performances and exhibitions at the SHOUT closing party.
Sophia Blackwell is a performance poet whose mission in life is to make poetry vital and relevant, her
performances include venues such as WOMAD and YLAF. PADDY BROUGHTON

Paddy Broughton is a visual artist, who loves the sometimes unpredictable nature of printmaking. Her work is
mainly concerned with the natural and ancient worlds, using layers and texture to represent interpretations.
Becky Tebbett is a visual and textile artist, who likes to explore representations of identity through pencil,
materials and fibres. She loves the sense of inherited history in textiles and enjoys using textiles as a means of
expressing subversive messages. BECKY TEBBETT

SHOUT closing party


Sun 29 November
The Nightingale Club
Early Evening, see festival website for details.
Keep this date in your diary and join us for the SHOUT closing party. This event will raise funds for the
LGBT Community Fund and the HIV hardship fund. Details will be released during the festival.

Topping and Butch FREE


EVENT!
Sun 29 November, Starts 10.30pm (after party event)
Village Inn, 152 Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 6RY
Admission FREE
Award-winning stand-up/cabaret double act featuring up-to-the-minute
topical and satirical songs. Not to be missed. 29
Venues
ABplus, 29/30 Lower Essex Street, Birmingham B5 6SN
Birmingham City University, The Pavilion, Moor Lane, Birmingham B6 7AA
Birmingham City University, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BX
Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4TB
Birmingham Library Theatre, Paradise Place, Birmingham B3 3HQ
Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP
The Community Hall, National Indoor Arena, King Edwards Road, Birmingham B1 2AA
Crescent Theatre, Sheepcote Street, Birmingham B16 8AE
Custard Factory Theatre, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AA
Eden, Sherlock Street, Birmingham B5
The Fox Bar, 17 Lower Essex Street, Birmingham B5 6SN
The Glee Club, The Arcadian, Birmingham B5 4TD
Goals, Star City, Watson Road, Birmingham B7 5SA
The Loft Lounge, 143 Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham B5 6RG
Moseley Bog, Windermere Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 9JP
Moseley Road Pool, Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9BX
The Nightingale Club, 18 Kent St, Birmingham B5 6RD
The Patrick Centre, Thorp Street, Birmingham B5 4TB
VAAD Gallery, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AA
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The Village Inn, 152 Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 6RY


The Wellington Hotel, 72 Bristol Street, Birmingham B5 7AH
Woodcock Sports Centre, Aston Triangle, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET
The Works Gallery, Jubilee Centre, Sherlock Street, Birmingham B5 6ND

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www.getreadytoshout.org
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