Saturday, 30 October 2021

A new inclusive fund

Recent research by Unltd reveals that people from a BAME background in the UK are more than twice as likely to think about starting a social enterprise than white people. However, they are less able to get access to funding and training.

“We want to see an inclusive recovery in which social impact and economic growth work hand in hand. We need continued investment in the sector to help social businesses reach their potential, and that must extend to all social entrepreneurs, no matter their background.”

Danyal Sattar, chief executive of Big Issue Invest, added: “Our United Kingdom is a place where entrepreneurs have a chance to shine, and that should be regardless of race, colour or creed.  We just need to make sure they have the finance to back their enterprises. They don’t need levelling up – finance them, and they will rise.”

UnLtd and Big Issue Invest Fund Management are calling for the creation of a £25m growth impact fund for “historically underfunded” entrepreneurs, including non-financial support to help all social entrepreneurs become ready to scale and take on investment. 

Mark Norbury, chief executive of UnLtd, said: “UK entrepreneurs from Black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds are less likely to access finance, less likely to make a profit, and businesses face worse outcomes despite similar success rates in starting up a business to their white counterparts. 

Read more here in The Big Issue

Birmingham Jobs Fair


Find YOUR future!

Make sure You are at Birmingham Jobs Fair on Tue 2 November! Explore 1000s of jobs up-for-grabs: in construction, health, hospitality, retail, logistics, and even the 2022 Games. Plus, you can get an interview – and maybe even a JOB OFFER – on the day!

Friday, 29 October 2021

Get your skates on for COVENTRY GLIDES


Get your skates on for COVENTRY GLIDES

Public booking is now open.

Slip, slide and skate your way around Coventry Cathedral Ruins as Coventry Glides returns.

Book a daytime skate in the glorious winter sun, or come in the evening to take in the beautifully lit historical surroundings. This magical ice-skating experience in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral is a festive day out for all the family, with food and drink options available too.

Tickets start from just £5 (limited availability) so make sure you book early for the best prices. Skate hire is included in the ticket price.

Skaters must be aged 5 or above, and skaters under 12 years old must be accompanied by a skating adult.


Light House shines as host of BBC New Comedy Awards Heat

Wolverhampton’s own Light House Cinema and CafΓ© Bar will feature as the host of the one of the regional heats of the BBC New Comedy Awards, airing weekly on BBC1. The Midlands heat was presented by award-winning comedian Darren Harriott and judged by a panel of professional comedians including newly appointed BBC Young Person’s Comedy Laureate - Mawaan Rizwan. The event sees five brand new comics battle it out for a place in the Grand Final, and Wolverhampton heat airs tonight on BBC1 at 11.40pm or is available, along with all the other heats, as a box set on iPlayer. 

Since they first launched in 1995 the prestigious awards have helped launch the careers of many of the UK’s best-loved comedians – John Bishop, Sarah Millican, Peter Kay, Jason Manford, Joe Lycett and Rhod Gilbert to name a few.

Light  House CEO Kelly Jeffs says:

‘We were delighted to host such a prestigious evening here at Light House, with the support of our landlords - Midlands Industrial Association. We can't wait to see our courtyard looking spectacular on well as seeing who wins, of course!

This is a fantastic coup for the city of Wolverhampton being chosen to host the West Midlands heats plus giving Light House the opportunity to continue building on its great track record of event partnerships with organisations such as Channel 4 News, Creative People and Places, BBC Asian Network, Sky Sports and the international Deaf Film Festival - Deaffest!’

Thursday, 28 October 2021

Women's Gambling and Gambling Related Harms Free 2hr CPD Training for Organisations

My name is Sarah Atkins, I work for GamCare’s Women’s Programme as the Training and Engagement Lead for your area.

The subject of gambling and its associated harms is currently a hot topic and is acknowledged by experts as a serious health issue with far reaching consequences. In the UK, we are seeing huge cultural shifts in the gambling context with the gender gap rapidly decreasing.

The evidence suggests that more and more women are accessing online gambling activities and putting themselves at risk of developing gambling problems. The evidence also firmly points out that women are significantly more likely to be affected by somebody else’s gambling problem than men, placing women at risk of being negatively affected by gambling related harm –  statistics show that 80% of affected others calling the National Gambling Helpline are women.

To help with this growing issue, GamCare provide a free CPD accredited 2 hour online training session on the topic of women and gambling related harm. The training aims to: 

  • Increase awareness of gambling-related harm, including hidden harms;
  • Boost confidence in having discussions about gambling with those you work with;
  • Raise awareness of support and treatment available to those who are experiencing gambling-related harm;
  • Increase confidence to screen, signpost and refer individuals experiencing gambling harms.

 To book onto a session please click on the following link: click on select different date for the various dates available, or we can arrange a bespoke training session for your company.  Please get in touch to discuss in more detail how best I can help support your organisation.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Knife Angel to bring message of hope to Worcester

A 27ft-tall ‘Knife Angel’, created using over 100,000 knives and blades confiscated by 43 UK police forces, is set to visit Worcester in Spring 2022.

The Knife Angel is designed by Alfie Bradley at the British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry, with the aim of bringing the issue of knife crime to the front of society’s consciousness. 

Councillors will discuss the significance of the Angel’s visit and the potential allocation of £7,500 to help spread its message, when the City Council’s Communities Committee meets on 3 November 2021.

“People often think of knife crime and violence as something that happens in other cities. However, the most commonly reported types of crimes involve threats of violence without injury,” says Cllr Marc Bayliss, Leader of Worcester City Council.

“We hope that the Knife Angel’s visit can be a catalyst for change. We will actively encourage visits from schools, colleges and community groups. Guest speakers who have experienced violence first-hand will talk to young people about the impact it has had – as well as the long-term consequences for perpetrators.”

The Angel is set to visit Worcester from 1 March to 31 March 2022, with the Cathedral grounds cited in the committee report as the potential location.  A series of workshops at the Cathedral, school visits, classroom activities and interactive events at the statue are set to take place. 

During the month a general weapons amnesty is being proposed, in the form of a ‘surrender’ secure bin which travels with the Angel.

Worcester City Council will work with Worcester Cathedral, the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, West Mercia Police, the South Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership and other partners to make the most of the Angel’s presence in the city and to ensure that its message has maximum impact.

The Knife Angel has already visited a number of prominent UK cities and landmarks including Chester, Coventry, Liverpool, Birmingham, Hereford and Telford & Wrekin. It has been recognised by the Home Office as the National Monument Against Violence & Aggression.

The Communities Committee meets at the Guildhall at 7pm on Wednesday 3 November. The meeting can be watched live at  

Dara O Briain in the Midlands 2022 - book early!!


107th Annual Battle of Gheluvelt Ceremony

                                    ACT OF REMEMBRANCE

  On the 107th Anniversary of

The Battle of Gheluvelt

Commemorating the Achievements of

The Men of  The 2nd Battalion

 The Worcestershire Regiment

    on 31st October 1914

Their counter attack saved Ypres from capture  and the British Army

      from defeat. At the end of the day 187 all ranks had been killed or wounded


  Held at Gheluvelt Park, Worcester

Sunday 31st October 2021 at 11.30 am

 Service conducted by: Reverend Colin Butler CBE

Organised by The Worcester Branch of

      The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association

      in partnership with Worcester City Council

On October 31st in 1914, after 10 days of battle, nearly every unit had been drawn into the battle line and had been broken beyond recovery. The 2nd Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment was the last available reserve of the British defence. At 12.45pm A Company advanced to a railway embankment to prevent the enemy advancing up the Menin Road. At 1pm, Major Hankey was given orders to counter attack. At 2pm with bayonets fixed, the Battalion moved off in file. Everywhere there were signs of retreat. The Worcesters alone were moving towards the enemy.      

Three Companies B, C and D tramped grimly forward down into a valley, (the three Companies number 370 soldiers in total). The two leading Companies broke into a steady double and swept forward – the officers leading and, behind them, their men with fixed bayonets in one long irregular line. They scrambled across the light railway, through hedges and wire fences and then, in the grounds of Gheluvelt Chateau, they closed with the enemy. 

The South Wales Borderers had made a wonderful stand: all day, they held their ground at the Chateau.  Their resistance had delayed and diverted the German advance and the success of the counter attack was largely due to their brave defence.  Major Hankey sent fighting patrols into the village to drive back snipers and to take some prisoners.

The village was secured but it was not possible to hold it permanently.  Nevertheless, the  main force of the enemy had been driven out and the peril of a collapse of the British defence about the Menin Road had been averted.  The 2nd Battalion held firm on the ground which they had won.  Behind them, General FitzClarence reorganized his troops and made preparation for further resistance.

It stands to the perpetual credit of the Regiment that, at the darkest hour of that great battle when others around them were in retreat, our war-worn officers and men went forward unflinching to meet unknown odds and, by their devotion, saved  the day. The day’s fighting had cost the 2nd Battalion dearly.  A third of the Battalion’s remaining strength, 187 all ranks, had been killed or wounded.

Gheluvelt Park, Worcester came about in recognition of the importance and significance of this battle. The Memorial Arch gateway entrance to Gheluvelt Park has plaques attesting to this.

The Commemoration Service will be held at the Interpretative Feature above. Members of the public welcome to attend.

Visit the Worcestershire Soldier Gallery of the Regimental Museum

      Located in   The Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum,

                                     Foregate Street, Worcester WR1 1DT




a celebration of the arts, mental health and wellbeing

BEDLAM Arts & Mental Health Festival 2021, featuring a diverse programme of world premieres, visual art, film and powerful live performance through theatre, spoken word, dance and music, announces its exciting online programme of events.

The online events will run alongside the already announced programme of live performances including four new festival commissions, panel discussions and workshops and is a celebration of the arts, mental health and wellbeing.

The festival is organised by Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Midlands Arts Centre, Red Earth Collective and Sampad South Asian Arts & Heritage in consultation with practitioners and those with lived experience of mental health problems.

The festival, which takes place in Birmingham, runs over 10 days from Friday 12-Sunday 21 November and offers a diverse collection of online events including Amina Khayyam Dance Company’s Catch a Bird Who Won't Fly (Fri 12-Tue 30 Nov). This free event is a digital dance-theatre piece made during the Covid lockdowns by working remotely with artists to bring attention to the devastating reality of a crime, which increased during lockdown and is often shrouded in secrecy – domestic violence against women.  Using animation and green screen technology, four individual stories are told through Kathak dance from real-life experiences that were researched with the company’s network of women’s group users. (Contains distressing themes).

Catch A Bird Who Won't Fly 

Everything is Absolutely Fine (Fri 12-Tue 21 Nov) is an online comedy musical about anxiety disorders, caring and trying to keep going. With power ballads, show tunes and body percussion. House of Blakewell explore what it’s like to be human and to struggle. Alice is making a new start. Things are going to be different. She has moved out of the big city to a small town, doing the job she loves as an Occupational Therapist. She is going to be a new person here, cool, calm and free. The kind of person who goes running every day and can go to a cafe and sit on their own. She is going to make a difference, meet new people and become a new woman…  BUT her old friend Anxiety has other ideas…

The Glad Game, written and performed by actor Phoebe Frances Brown, will be online from Mon 15-Sun 21 Nov.  From her childhood impressions of Dolly Parton to grown up roles at The National Theatre, The Donmar Warehouse and New York Theatre Workshop, acting has defined who and what she is. In November 2018 Phoebe was diagnosed with an incurable cancer in the area of her brain that controls speech, language and memory.

The Glad Game, which can also be seen live at Midlands Arts Centre (Sun 14 Nov), is a story of finding herself in the bleakest of times, of discovering gladness in the saddest of moments and about how who and what you love can pull you through.

Sink or Swim

Sink or Swim is a short film in which Charlotte Edmonds explores the effects of mental health and depression in a mesmerising underwater ballet. Commissioned by The Space, Sink or Swim is a poetic depiction of depression through underwater ballet, developed with the support of the mental health charity Mind. With choreography by Charlotte Edmonds, directed by Louis-Jack and featuring Royal Ballet Principal Francesca Hayward, it delves into the mind of someone battling to keep their head above water.

The Red Earth Collective presents Menologues and Femelogues (Fri 19-Sun 21 Nov) a series of short films which will premiere at the BEDLAM festival. At the height of the pandemic, Red Earth collaborated with Film Makers Daniel Anderson from Rites of Passage Productions and Daina Anderson at Open Lens Productions to make the films. The films created are all about the impact of Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement on the mental health of Black women and men in Birmingham. 

Menologues and Femelogues

Further online highlights include Drawing on Lived Experience Workshop led by Lou Platt  a UK based pioneer and founder of Artist Wellbeing. The workshop is aimed at artists/practitioners who are interested in developing their knowledge and skills in creating safer spaces to work in when using autobiographical material; Vincent Dance Theatre’s In Loco Parentis is the company’s fourth production created using a highly participatory, socially engaged model of research, in which collaborators’ voices feature strongly in the creative process and the finished work – either in the soundtrack or performing live on stage; Outside In: Artist Support Day offering tailored, one-to-one, support in setting up or refreshing your Outside In online gallery. This can include help with writing an artist’s statement and tips on how to best photograph your artwork.

Vincent Dance Theatre’s In Loco Parentis 

For full information on all of the BEDLAM Festival programming and how to register/book can be found on the festival website 

The Glad Game - coming to MAC Birmingham 14th November 2021


Pippa Frith and Nottingham Playhouse present:

The Glad Game

Diagnosed with an incurable cancer at the age of 26, Phoebe Frances Brown tells her story of finding gladness in the saddest of times

Written and performed by Phoebe Frances Brown | Directed by Tessa Walker

MAC Birmingham 14 November | Further dates Spring 2022

MAC Birmingham 14th November, part of BEDLAM

#TheGladGame |

Phoebe Frances Brown has always wanted to be an actor, and at 26 had just been cast in her dream role at the National Theatre; at the same time, she was diagnosed with incurable cancer in the area of her brain that controls speech, language and memory. The Glad Game is Phoebe’s story of finding herself in the hardest of times, of finding gladness in the saddest moments and of continuing to do what she loves. The tour starts in Phoebe’s home city of Nottingham, and will tour in Autumn 2021 and Spring 2022 supported by charity partner Brain Tumour Research. It will also be available as a made-for-film digital edition streamed from each venue. The Glad Game is produced by Pippa Frith and Nottingham Playhouse, and directed by Tessa Walker.

Finding a new way to talk about cancer and illness, The Glad Game debunks some of the myths around what life is like for people, particularly young people, who live with cancer. The tour goes on whilst Phoebe is having chemotherapy, reflecting on stage what is current everyday life for Phoebe: work and treatments and acting and naps and family and friends and life all existing at the same time in one experience. The Glad Game is about life: about a life lived with cancer, about creating the life you want in the most challenging of circumstances and about how what and who you love can pull you through.

Phoebe Frances Brown said, “I wanted to write and perform a play about life being stranger than fiction; that even after receiving the most devastating news, there’s still hilarity and joy to be had. There’s still things to be glad about.”

Phoebe Frances Brown is an actor and writer from Nottingham. She works in theatre, comedy, radio and television. Her most recent theatre credits include Small Island and If We Were Older at the National Theatre and she has performed at New York Theatre Workshop, Donmar Warehouse, Soho Theatre, Birmingham REP, Nottingham Playhouse, Leicester Curve and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She played the role of Constance Pettigrew in the BBC Radio 4 series Home Front and has recently recorded The Whisperer in Darkness for BBC Sounds. Her comedy troupe Major Labia is a Creative Associate of Nottingham Playhouse.

Tessa Walker is Hampstead Theatre’s newly appointed Associate Director, and has just directed there her first production, Big Big Sky. Previous directing credits include The Snow Queen (Sherman Theatre), Folk (Birmingham Rep) and The Whip Hand (Traverse Theatre/Birmingham Rep). Tessa has also been an Associate Director at Birmingham Rep, a Literary Associate at the National Theatre of Scotland and the Literary Director at Paines Plough.

Pippa Frith is an independent producer based in the West Midlands. She has been awarded with the Peter Brook / Mark Marvin Rent Subsidy Award at the 2014 Empty Space Awards. She has worked with artists including Stephanie Ridings, Francesca Millican-Slater and Benji Reid, and is Executive Producer for Fierce Festival.

Running Time: 75 mins | Suitable for ages 12+

14 Nov  

Bedlam Arts and Mental Health Festival

MAC Birmingham

Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH

Times and prices TBC | 0121 446 3232


Coming up in November and December at the SONGWRITER SESSIONS

FOR YOUR DIARYS AND CALENDARS …here’s the remaining dates, times and ‘Special Guests’ along with resident songwriter Gary O’Dea for THE SONGWRITER SESSIONS @ The Craven Arms, Birmingham for 2021…

GOJO’ MUSIC presents...

THE SONGWRITER SESSIONS...Sunday afternoons - once a month - Upstairs @ The Craven Arms, 47 Upper Gough St, Birmingham, B1 1JL.

Support this little musical gem of a ‘get together’…a cosy little upstairs room above a great little traditional city centre pub in the heart of Brum. Appreciative audiences of songwriters doing their own original works. Think of those classic old stories of intimate folk / blues clubs that sprang up in the 60s, but given a  twist to accommodate the varying musical styles of the past decades bringing it right up to date with contemporary performers from near and far.

Add to that the great friendly atmosphere of The Craven, the beers and independent ales oh and the quality traditional bar food of varying home baked cobs of your choice, sausage rolls, pork pies, scotch eggs etc etc…courtesy of John Brabbins and SandyπŸ‘πŸ’šπŸŽΆπŸΊ.

Next one up is…

Sun 7th Nov @ 4pm: Resident songwriter / host Gary O’Dea plus Special Guest singer - songwriter Jess Silk . A celebrated Black Country based songwriter with a melodic brand of folk/punk anthems. Jess has toured the length and breadth of the country over recent years and has just completed a tour as support to Justin Sullivan from New Model Army…we’re delighted to have her back on a Songwriter Sessions bill...she was on top form last time. TICKETS ARE ON SALE AND SELLING AND CAN BE PRE-ORDERED NOW FROM CONTACTING ME OR JESS, alternatively they will be available to purchase direct from The Craven Arms. YOUR SUPPORT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED πŸ‘πŸ˜ŠπŸŽΆπŸ’š

Sun 12th Dec @ 4pm: Resident songwriter / host Gary O’Dea plus a welcome return to a Songwriter Sessions favourite ... Mr Ben Wildsmith ...based now in his Welsh family roots heartland of Cardiff but originating from the streets of Birmingham and the Black Country, Ben is one of the finest purveyors of folky blues guitar picking and songwriting you can find...this will be a great gig to set you up for the Chrimbo Festivities ...get it in your diaries. TICKETS FOR THIS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM MID NOVEMBER ONWARDS πŸ‘πŸ˜ŠπŸ’šπŸŽΆπŸŽ…πŸŽ„πŸŽ„

Please share this on and spread the news ...thank you all for your support. πŸ‘πŸ’šπŸŽΆ

WE HAVE TWO VERY SPECIAL GUESTS FOR THE FIRST TWO SONGWRITER SESSIONS OF 2022 - planned for February and March next year…DETAILS WILL BE RELEASED IN DECEMBER ON THESE GIGS. We have been working hard to line other QUALITY ACTS up that suit the remit of the ‘Sessions’ and are hopeful of delivering more of the same throughout 2022.

Wednesday, 20 October 2021


"Prone To Mischief" are a new comedy duo based in the West Midlands who started life in lockdown when Chris Beebee and Gemma Kirby began bringing nostalgic old comedy clips back to life on Tik Tok. 

Their unique interpretations of classic television comedy sketches alongisde their own original material were quickly proving to be a tonic for lockdown blues as their Tik Tok tickles spread to Facebook chuckles and a growing audience of happy social media fans.

Chris and Gemma are already in the process of developing new projects, devising three comedy-sitcom scripts and a sketch show prepared and ready to go.

Vicar and Nun

Prone To Mischief are available now for work in TV/Film/Radio/Theatre/Pantomime/Voiceovers and advertisements.

For more information, please contact them on: and ask for their personal acting CV's!!!

Chris and Gemma can work together or as solo actors!!!

Go and check them out on Tik Tok @pronetomischief and You Tube Prone To Mischief




Martineau Gardens receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Pictured here, left to right John Crabtree, OBE, Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Claire Perry and Munsab Khan volunteers for Martineau Gardens Picture credit: Dale Martin

One of the longest running Community Gardens in Birmingham, Martineau Gardens, has been recognised for its commitment to the community receiving the Queens Award for Voluntary Service the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. Awarded during lockdown when gatherings were not possible, representatives of Martineau Gardens received the award from John Crabtree, OBE, Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands on Sunday 17 October at the awards ceremony, at Birmingham Hippodrome.  

Martineau Gardens supports volunteers on the therapeutic horticulture programme to look after the 2.5 acre free-to-enter community garden, many of whom have mental health issues and learning disabilities. A team of volunteers welcome over 10,000 visitors each year who come to enjoy its peaceand tranquillity and a further team helps out with special events and courses. events. Hundreds of school children visit the outdoor ‘classrooms’ to learn about the environment. The Gardens have beendescribed by visitors as ‘an oasis of calm in the bustling city’ and as ‘Birmingham’s hidden gem’ – all thanks to the dedication of the wonderful volunteers. 

Martineau Gardens, Edgbaston, Birmingham is one of 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.  

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work byvolunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.  When the City Council-run environmental centre closed, a group of local people came together to create a community garden that would stay open for free, for the public of Birmingham to visit and care for.  Established in 1997 as a volunteer-led organisation, today Martineau Gardens is a thriving independently-run registered charity.Claire Perry, volunteer at the Gardens for over ten years said “Martineau Gardens means the world to me, to be around nature makes me calm and happy. I came here to boost my confidence, and now I’m here, I feel I’ve come out of the darkness and into the light.

”Munsab Kahn, volunteer at the Gardens said “Volunteering has given me a role - there was a massive hole in my life but when I began volunteering here, I could see there was light at the end of the tunnel.” 

Celebrating outside Birmingham Hippodrome

Martineau Gardens, 27 Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7UG   

0121 440 7430

Registered Charity no. 1092364

At the Light House Cafe, Wolverhampton

Light House Cinema and Cafe Bar, The Chubb Buildings, Fryer Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1HT


Come along, join in the conversation and pick up new skills in our Lock Works bar from  6pm – 8.30pm . Free entry.
French – Tuesday 12 Oct, then every other Tuesday
Italian - Thursday 14 Oct , then every other Thursday
Spanish – Tuesday 5 Oct, then every other Tuesday
German – Thursday 7 Oct, then every other Thursday

Our singing group for people with respiratory problems is back weekly (term time only) Wednesdays, 11.30 - 1pm. £4 including drinks. 
Our Knit Night is back. Join us for a knit and natter in Lock Works Bar from 6-8pm on the second Tuesday of every month.




Telford, Oakengates Theatre (The Place)

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Wolverhampton, KK's Steel Mill

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Utilita Arena Birmingham

Orchestra Baobab


WIN TICKETS to see the HIT STAGE SHOW 80’s MANIA at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre

Win two tockets to see the hit stage show 80's Mania at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre on Saturday 30th October at 7.30pm.

Endorsed by Radio 1 breakfast DJ during the Eighties, Mike Read, as being “like Live Aid meets Top of the Pops” – 80’s MANIA is sweeping into Coventry this October.

From West End producer, director, performer and choreographer Vikki Holland-Bowyer, and partner Greg Stevenson, the hit-packed production features back-combed hair, shimmying shoulder pads, wet-look neon leggings, the lairiest of leotards, indiscriminate double denim and 24-7 sunglasses – and that’s just a description of the audience of Europe’s official long-standing premier 1980’s multi-tribute concert show. . .

28 chart-topping artistes from the 80's are authentically recreated to look and sound as they did back in the day with a full live band, awesome dancers, mind-blowing lasers and light design combined with huge video projection complete the production together with over 150 costumes!

Kim Wilde, Duran Duran, Adam Ant, Boy George, Wham, Erasure, Soft Cell, the Human League, Dead or Alive, Nena, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Gary Numan, and Tony Hadley are just some of the stars you will witness in this high energy, fast paced, party style show!

Producers Vikki and Greg say that 80’s Mania features something for everyone.

“It’s broader in its range of music than your widest shoulder pads, standing stiletto-heels-like head and shoulders above the rest. We promise a show bigger than the biggest hair the Eighties had to offer. . . catch 80’s Mania – it’s sweeping the nation!”

“It’s totally unique,” says Vikki. “Audiences take the time to prepare and dress as their favourite pop stars, reliving the childhood memories that the 80's helped make so unforgettable.

“Hen parties, stag nights, school reunions, office parties, couples and groups all come along to have a good night out, reminisce, sing, dance and clap along to their favourite Eighties tunes.”

80s Mania will be at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre on Saturday 30th October at 7.30pm. Tickets start at £13.50 and can be purchased from or by calling the Box office on 024 7655 3055. 


Question: Which Coventry ska band had a 1981 hit with Ghost Town?

Emails to be received by 6pm on Wednesday 27th October 2021