What’s On April 21st – May 5th

(above image: Dale Mashall Walls with Wounds at The Herbert)

So what’s on in the next two weeks? The city is crammed full of exhibitions, performances and events. There really is something for everyone.

‘In their greatest hour of need the world failed the people of Rwanda’ Kofi Anan. ‘100 Days – The Rwandan Genocide 20 Years Later’, a beautiful temporary addition to the Herbert’s peace and reconciliation gallery, is a sad, thought provoking and necessary mini exhibition. This special exhibition is on until 2015. A definite must see, but don’t leave it too late! Else where in the Herbert Dale Marshalls ‘Walls with Wounds’ comes to an end on May 18th. A highly praised collection of his work you should catch this artist’s solo exhibition while you can. Also, the Mandela 27 installation is now in the museum’s covered court until June 1st. Looking further ahead booking is available for the Modern Toss event on May 16th and Museums at Night with Van Go Yourself on May 17th. I’m saving the popular Museums at night event for a later blog post, so more to come on that.

The Transport Museum’s redevelopment continues at pace. Not to be stopped, the popular museum carries on in spite of the chaos around them, including their busy programme of events. Sunday 27th April welcomes the Enfield District Veteran Vehicle Society, 40 assorted classic cars in will grace Millennium Place under the Frank Whittle arches. Then on Sunday the 4th May Morgan Sports Car Club arrives in Coventry with 15 classic Morgan cars on display, again in Millennium place.

Over at Warwick Art Centre, The Mead is opening ‘All That’s Solid Melts into Air’. This exhibition created by Turner prize winning artist Jeremy Deller takes a personal look at the impact of the industrial revolution on British popular culture. Opening Friday May 2nd with FREE ENTRY! There is also a free opening night party in the evening, including a talk by Jeremy Deller himself. Who can resist a free party?

BOOK NOW for Art Space’s Open Forum Saturday 7th. This exciting opportunity offers vital advice to artists on developing and promoting your commercial practice as well as other important skills to becoming a successful creative. There are one-to-one sessions to book during the day and an open panel discussion in the evening. Book places on their website or by phone.

At the Belgrade Theatre you have a last chance to see Brassed Off, the stage version of the better known Pete Postlethwaite film, on until 26th April. Then from 30th April- 3rd May is the Coventry Gang Show, a cabaret-like evening with show tunes, comedy sketches and live music. Fun for all the family. I’m most looking forward to a production from Acting Out, the theatre company’s work related learning programme. The performance is of ‘Bassett’ by James Graham running May 1st-3rd. The dramatic youth theatre piece revolves around kids at a Wootten Bassett school, frustrated at being locked inside during the repatriation of a British soldier. Tickets details are available from their website.

In the Warwick Arts Centre theatres ‘HMS Pinafore’ runs in the main theatre until April 26th. This Gilbert & Sullivan naval favorite is moved below deck during World War II. In the studio is ‘Gym Party’ from the Made In China company. Described as a ‘comic exploration of our universal desire to win’, three ‘contestants’ compete in a series of games to win the approval of the audience. For over 14s only, it runs 23rd and 24th April. ‘Put Your Sweet Hand In Mine’ is in the studio for one night only, Friday 25th April. This show is about love and romance, but with an original and creative twist. It invites you to imagine being in love, and all the many different meanings that might have. Dramaturgy by James Stenhouse. Another one night event is a National Theatre live screening of the performance of King Lear on the 1st May.

Theatre Absolute has partnered the creation of a new theatre event, ‘ONCE’. Written by Chris O’Connell, ONCE is a bedtime story about sleep, but there is no sleep involved. It is a piece for one actor, and one audience member. Not advertised as a play, it is simply an invitation for strangers to spend some time together. In association with Pilot Nights Sites, Lou Lomas and the Birmingham Hippodrome. The pilot night is 1st May. This drama event is NOT taking place in Theatre Absolute’s shop front theatre, but in Birmingham. More details on their website.

In local amateur theatre you can buy tickets for The Criterion Theatre’s ‘The Thrill of Love’ by Amanda Whittington 10th -17th May. A gripping drama about Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain. At the Priory Theatre in Kenilworth ‘A Tomb with a View’ by Norman Robbins is a dark gothic comedy thriller, running 7th – 17th May. A little further afield is Leamingtons Loft Theatre. Also running 7th – 17th May is ‘Under Milk Wood’ by Dylan Thomas, a classic piece from my favourite welsh poet and playwright.

When it comes to music in the city there are currently too many gigs to mention. There are full programs at Kasbah, Tin Music and Arts and at the Warwick Arts Centre. Keep an eye on twitter for more current event listings; I will retweet when I see them.

I hope you found something you liked. If you have any questions, or you think I have missed anything out, feel free to contact me at coventryartsnet@gmail.com

UPDATE ‘100 Days – The Rwandan Genocide 20 Years Later’ was incorrectly advertised by me as ending on the 30th April. Corrected to ending on 30/04/15. Apologies

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