'I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like' - Jane Austen. Emma mocks, meddles, interferes, insults and frequently comes to grief in her matchmaking. An unconventional adaptation but one that is true to the spirit of Austen’s classic. 'Sharp, wry and funny' 5 Stars Behind The Arras
Fri 14th & Sat 15th March 7.30pm
A tabletop football game in a café at a dreary seaside town out of season would seem to be an unlikely place to address one of the most important global problems of our time. Whether you worship God, football or the latest X Factor celebrity, one question is clear…is religion killing faith?
Wednesday 26th March 8pm
Mad(e) in Hades presents three startling retellings of the myth of Heracles, based on Euripides' tale of domestic murder and demented dogs. Written by students of the University of Birmingham Masters Playwriting course, convened by playwright Fraser Grace anddirected by Robert Ball.
Thurs 27th March 8pm
Welcome to the silliest, sexiest and most frantic theatre show on the Costa del Impro. Make your suggestions as we conspire a crazy mix of impossible situations and shenanigans for our unlucky bunch of aspiring thespians. What could possibly go wrong as our actors create a pandemonium-filled performance from audience suggestions?
Saturday 29th March 7:30pm
Following critically acclaimed performances in the 2013 Birmingham Comedy Festival, the ladies are stopping off at The Old Joint Stock for one night only! Linda Hargreaves introduces you to 'her girls' - a cheeky, irreverent, hilarious look at the larger than life characters she meets on her travels. 'Fresh, funny and feisty.' Tiemo Entertainment
A compelling one-woman show which explores how the character, Louise, has found the courage to move on from her past, making a successful career for herself as a jazz singer. 'Grabs you and holds you tight. Here’s fringe theatre at its best.' Reviews Gate
14th-19th April 2014
A stranger arrives in Birmingham City Centre as the biggest festival in its history begins. The events of the next few days will turn the world upside down. A new reimagining of the life and death of Jesus Christ, as a gripping contemporary drama told through a promenade piece.
Singing in the Fog
Thursday 24th April 8pm
The hills are alive with the sound of music as Foghorn will be ‘Singing in the Fog’. Join us as we create a musical spectacle from nothing but your suggestions. All singing, all dancing (well, perhaps not the dancing bit), musical feast for the eyes and ears. To help us, we have our very own band of merry music makers!
Thurs 1st May 8pm
It's the eve of the Great War & the great detective is on the cusp of retirement - and without Dr Watson. But a spate of mysterious deaths calls Holmes to the Sussex Coast, whereat Sherlock must face one of the deadliest foes he has ever encountered...
2nd & 3rd May 7:30pm
Lightning flashes, thunder deafens as three eldritch figures gather around a caldron upon a blasted heath!Treason and treachery are abroad and this mismatched coven of Witches are soon to discover that bringing right to an unhappy kingdom is a lot more complicated than certain playwrights would have you believe…
8th-10th May 8pm
Patrick Monahan is backwith his hit new show ‘Cake Charmer.’ ‘He storms the venue like a force of nature…effortless charm and bonhomie’ -Mail On Sunday.‘A wonderfully executed set from a talented comedian' - Broadway Baby.‘The same mix of control and on-stage charisma as a young Alan Davies’ - The Herald
Friday 16th May 7:30pm
(Rescheduled from 5th April)
Birmingham based singer-songwriter, Dan Whitehouse, is inspired by the human condition, our cravings, and the insides of the relationships we develop.
'Lyrics which involuntarily swerve your gaze to the sky' Music Week
'Sensational!' Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music
'Fresh and exciting' Jeremy Vine BBC Radio 2
Saturday 17th May
Doors 7:30pm, Performances at 8pm
Q.U. Live! is a musical theatre cabaret night showcasing new writers and performers. A brand new event to the Midlands, providing a platform for emerging writers of new musical theatre to share extracts of their work and for musical theatre performers from across the region to perform songs from new shows and little-performed musicals.
Thursday 29th May 8pm
What dastardly deeds will Sherlock uncover in his quest to solve the Mystery of the...? More info coming soon!
The hit TONY award winning musical comes to the OJST! Avenue Q is about real life; it's about finding a job (and losing a job), getting an apartment (and getting kicked out of your apartment), learning about racism, being different, falling in love, hangovers, and discovering the world.
Sundays 1-3pm; Last Wed of every month 7.30pm
Enjoy our jazz sessions with the best emerging talent in the West Midlands