Coming Up: Dance, Theatre, Football, the High Jump & a Whale down the M5 and then up the M6…


Home kicked off today in Birmingham. Talking Birds is involved in the look of the project, which has been made from fragments submitted by 1000 local people. Look out for it on the streets of Birmingham over the next 3 weeks…

That was the Dance bit. The Theatre and Football bit is We Love You City which eagle-eyed readers may remember we made with the Belgrade Theatre a couple of years ago. The show was such a success that we’ve brought it back to mark the 25th anniversary of Coventry City’s epic 1987 FA Cup victory. We Love You City is currently in rehearsals and opens on May 8th.

The Whale is getting about a bit. On May 5th it’ll be outside the Northcott Theatre in Exeter and the following weekend it’s heading up to Lancaster as part of LICA’s Curate the Campus 2012. Our Nick is also involved in the Getting It Out There symposium on 12th May. If you see The Whale on it’s travels, do tweet/post/tag a pic if you can – cheers!

And finally, the second of our Decathlon artworks is the High Jump – five minute play submissions given a rehearsed reading as part of Capital Plays Festival at the end of May.

Whale hits Warwickshire for Easter #tbwhale


The Whale is out and about in Warwickshire over the Easter weekend. If you are around please come and, if you dare, enter the jaws of the aluminium leviathan for a one-to-one (or two if you’re shy) submersive theatrical experience. You can find the Whale at:

Abbey Fields, Kenilworth on Friday 6th April 10.30am – 3.30pm

Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa on Saturday 7th April – 10.30am- 5pm

Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa on Monday 9th April -10.30am – 3.30pm

Shrewley Village Hall on Tuesday 10th April – 11.30am – 3.30pm

If you see the Whale on its travels, please snap it and either tweet your photo with the #tbwhale hashtag or post your pic on the Whale’s facebook wall. And if you *do* get swallowed by a Whale, let us know how it felt

Lastly, remember that once you’ve been there and done that, you can always buy the t-shirt.

A lovely email about school toilets for a wet Wednesday…


You know how you do these great projects, then move onto the next thing and forget about them? But they hang about online and then suddenly out of the blue you get a lovely email? Well, that.

A few years ago, we did a project called Masterplan (with funding from Creative Partnerships) which involved getting a load of young people to redesign their school toilets. The whole process is documented online, but to cut to the chase here’s the link to the before and after pictures at Finham School. And then we did some more in Stivichall Primary School.


This morning, we had this lovely email:

This is fantastic – I am looking at what I can do at my son’s primary school here in Australia and I think this site provides real inspiration – and congratulations!