BE Festival - Saturday Evening - Main Programme 2018 - Birmingham Rep
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BE FESTIVAL, Birmingham's international festival of arts returns this summer. Come and experience a diverse and exciting range of theatre, food and arts, whatever your taste.

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BE Next Curtain Raiser

Inclusivity is at the heart of BE FESTIVAL's manifesto and our BE Next project is testament to our ongoing commitment to providing opportunities for young people to learn life skills through performing arts. The annual festival performance is the culmination of a week's workshopping by local 14-19 year olds in Birmingham, led by professional tutors and previous BE FESTIVAL performers Nasi Voutsas and Bertrand Lesca. The project is specifically aimed at young people that don't speak English as a first language, refugees, asylum seekers and those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.

“BE Next is an art itself. For me, it is a programme designed to better yourself and break past barriers and limits.” Mohammed Irfan Arshad

Running time: 10 minutes


ODC Ensemble
The Cave

A digital recalibration of the symbolic potency of Plato's Cave allegory, which sees last year's BE FESTIVAL first prize award winners aim squarely at fake news, social networks, virtual reality, allowing audiences to reflect on the walls and shadows we build around us. It's a mash up performance where opera, cinema, digital and visual technology collide; a living experience where everything is created in real time. ODC Ensemble is led by Athens based Elli Papakonstantinou and their work embraces the bewilderment of the audience in the face of persistent dislocation.

Please note this performance may contain nudity, high volume, and fast flashing images.

Running time: 65 minutes



Sotterraneo return with a full 60 minute performance of their award winning 2016 show Overload; still retaining the slick, witty and thoughtful nuance that has recently powered its way into the imagination of UK audiences. Somewhat a commentary on our distracted society, it's like watching the world from above with dense, fog-like messages all canvassing for your attention – we're all mutating, into something that's very, very fast. Sotterraneo are a multi-award winning theatre collective born in Florence in 2005. They won two prizes at BE FESTIVAL in 2012 and again in 2016 when they toured the UK and Spain as part of Best of BE.

Running time: 60 minutes


Whilst you're booking…

Don't forget BE FESTIVAL have a separate programme of amazing visual arts, exhibitions, talks, workshops and music, every day - and all for FREE!

If you would like to see more, please visit, and to book onto a workshop please e-mail

Ticket Information

From £24 (includes both shows and dinner)
From £16 without dinner

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