Happy new year from Burn FM! Looking to quench your thirst for something arts & culture-y in 2019? Then look no further than The New Archaics, an event bringing together dance, music and even drag (plus much more!), taking place on January 17th!
Taking place in the 700-year-old Selly Manor Museum, this unique venue provides the perfect aesthetic to showcase the wide range of performances on offer. The acts will be all scattered throughout the multiple rooms of the Manor, ensuring those in attendance take in all the Tudor building has to offer. Ella Henson, one of the organisers behind The New Archaics, believes that the talented artists Triple Take theatre company have managed to pull together and the venue itself make for the perfect couple:
“We’re really excited to bring a talented group of artists together into such a beautiful and inspiring location. Selly Manor Museum is a perfect place to showcase a variety of acts all dedicated to reflecting on the old and the new. We can’t wait to welcome an audience into the space and demonstrate what the performers of Birmingham have to offer.”
What follows is a preview of the acts who will be performing on Thursday evening, and just a mere taste of what The New Archaics has in store:
Birmingham born singer/songwriter Eliza May recently graduated in Popular Music from Falmouth University, and found herself performing at Brighton Pride in August 2018. As per her Facebook, ‘she takes inspiration from artists such as Tori Kelly, Skinny Living and Corinne Bailey Rae giving her music an indie pop acoustic feel’, and so promises to take Selly Manor by storm. Discover more about Eliza and her music at facebook.com/ElizaMayOfficial.
“My work aims to put a smile on people’s faces and show people that you can get through anything if you’ve got music.” – Eliza May
Up and coming Selly Oak DJ Pluralist will be in charge of creating the perfect environment within Selly Manor’s main hall with his set. He has been building his sound for around 6 years and has slowly begun to start showing it to the world – definitely one to watch for 2019. To hear what Pluralist’s all about, be sure to check out soundcloud.com/pluralist.
Complementing Pluralist’s tunes in the main hall will be UoB’s very own Circus Society! They’re sure to provide an evening of skills and performances to excite and entertain anyone watching. Purple Mermaid wish to use the performative space of Selly Manor as a platform for which they can bring circus performance into the limelight:
“We aim to show the audience something they often don’t have access to, but that’s been a form of entertainment for a very long time”
Squillo Opera Company
Feeling peckish at any point? Move through to the kitchen, which also happens to be the location of Squillo Opera Company! There they’ll be performing ‘He Do The Police in Different Voices’, an exploration of the human voice and its limitations in portraying meaning – based on T. S. Eliot’s ‘The Wasteland’. Follow them in their quest to make opera more accessible to wider audiences at www.facebook.com/SquilloOpera.
Dancer Sophie Barraclough will be performing her piece ‘Renaissance’, through which she aims to listen to the past and witness the present through movement. By taking movement elements from the renaissance period, this piece aims to combine contemporary and historical movement through improvisation, using Lute music from the 16th century and the beautiful building as stimulus.
Roaming through the various rooms of Selly Manor, taking in the unique performances each has to offer, will be Drag Queen Olive Hooker-Green! Don’t be afraid, she doesn’t bite (unless asked otherwise), so make sure to meet and greet the night’s hostess with the mostess.
With a piece devised especially for The New Archaics, Vicky Roden will be performing ‘The Oracle at Selly Manor’. Visit the Manor’s solar room, where rumour has it that to receive a personal reading, simply whisper a secret into the ear of the Oracle…
The New Archaics promises to be an evening of diversity and culture that is sure to offer something for everyone. With talent brimming from every room of Selly Manor, it’s an event not to be missed. For more details, be sure to check out the official Facebook event listing, and for tickets (they’re free!), reserve them at the link below.
THE NEW ARCHAICS
Selly Manor Museum || Thursday 17th January 2019 || 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Step into the Manor and discover what’s hidden behind closed doors.
The New Archaics is an evening of performance blurring the lines between future and past. Get ready to experience a fusion of the historic and contemporary, as local and student performers take over the 700-year-old Selly Manor for an evening like no other. Watch as we reclaim cultural heritage for the future! This unmissable event will allow you to explore Selly Manor Museum like never before. Challenging what you think you know about history.
This is a free event, however, we would appreciate donations to Selly Manor Museum on the night!
To Register your interest please click on the ticket link and fill out the form provided.
Tickets are free and can be reserved here: