Johnny talking all things Man Made Youth Company on ‘The Maccast’

Listen to Director Johnny Autin and presenter Blake Woodham on Midlands Arts Centre Podcast on here  

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Creative Producer Kirsten Tranter: “Goodbye for now!”

As I go off on maternity leave I am excited to be spending time with both my 19-month-old daughter and her new little sister when she arrives, but I’m sad to be leaving the sector at such a delicate time. However, I have faith that the amazing artists, producers, managers and other professionals will continue to make and support incredible work, and use this challenging time to move forward positively for the creative and collective good. Reflecting on my time so far with AutinDT fills me with lots of joy and happy memories, and I’m thrilled to have been part …

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Alone/Together at U.Dance Digital Festival – Sunday 19 July at 6:30 pm

Our short dance film ‘Alone/Together’ has been shortlisted for the Choreography Challenge at One Dance UK‘s U.Dance Digital Festival 2020 and it will be shared on One Dance UK’s official Facebook page amongst other wonderful entries on Sunday 19 July at 6:30pm ‘Alone/Together‘ is a short creative response from the young male dancers of Man Made Youth Company to their feelings and states of mind while in lockdown and inspired by the online dance sessions as choreographic stimuli and support of their psychological and emotional wellbeing. “Despite being isolating at home, we’re still dancing together!”  

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Make Your Own Puppet @Home – tutorial videos are out! 

We have been busy over the last few months working with puppeteers, designers and a filmmaker on a FREE online puppetry and storytelling programme for children, young people and their families called ‘Out of the Deep Blue‘. The series aims to raise awareness of the climate emergency crisis and other environmental issues and features weekly, step-by-step tutorials making puppets out of recyclable materials and household items. Each brilliant puppet comes from a different designer and the whole series is available to watch now on our YouTube and social media channels until September.   This project is funded by Birmingham City …

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Man Made Youth Company – Summer residency 

This free opportunity is open to young male participants from Birmingham and the West Midlands who are interested in joining our company on Saturdays and during the school holidays. Man Made Youth Company‘s online programme of regular training sessions and interactive residencies stimulate the young male participants’ creativity and support their psychological and emotional wellbeing during lockdown! It’s a chance to be creative, challenge yourself and socialise in a safe, open and interactive space.   We always welcome new members to Man Made Youth Company, so if you know any young male creatives 14+ that would be interested in joining us, please …

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Call Out for Volunteers!!!

Autin Dance Theatre seeks Volunteers!   Birmingham-based dance company Autin Dance Theatre is seeking volunteers for their future programmes of work, particularly their indoor performance‘A Posi+ive Life‘ (from February 2021 onwards) and new outdoor show ‘Out of the Deep Blue‘ (due to premiere in Summer 2021). ‘A Posi+ive Life‘ is an accessible, immersive and interactive theatre experience led by six contemporary characters featuring dance, physical theatre, spoken word and BSL interpretation for teenagers and young adults. ‘Out of the Deep Blue‘ is a large-scale performance, featuring 1 female contemporary dancer and a 4-metre tall sea giant puppet operated by 5 …

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‘Make Your Own Puppet @Home’ – Tutorial #5 today on Saturday 11th July

🌎 Once again Puppeteer Ben Thompson  will show you today how to make the final puppet in our web series designed by Samuel Wyer… A lesser-spotted long-legged lockdown Bird (a silly marionette with a lot of possibilities) ♻️ You will need… Thin Card (like a cereal box) 1 x Large Plate 1 x Small Plate 4 x Plastic Bottle Tops 2 x Kebab Skewers Coloured Paper/Pictures from a magazine Glue Marker Pen Pencil Blutack/Plasticine Tape Scissors String   🎨We would love to see your puppet creations! We invite you share them with us by posting them on social media using …

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2 Metres Closer // 23-25 July

  2 Metres Closer is a 3 day digital event uplifting and representing those who are doing good in our West Midlands communities during the pandemic. Those who are risking their lives, those who are supporting others, those who are giving us hope; we want them to be a part of something fun, creative, and celebratory to mark their efforts and this moment in time   The 2 Metres Closer project is Produced by the Beatfreeks Southside Producers 2020 (including our very own Annalise!) and it will bring together a graffiti artist, music producer, and drag artist with volunteer key workers and community …

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Man Made Youth Company – Summer residency

  Man Made Youth Company‘s online programme of regular training sessions and interactive residencies stimulate the young male participants’ creativity and support their psychological and emotional wellbeing during lockdown! 📩 Sign Up: bit.ly/manmade2020  📧 Email: [email protected]  Upcoming dates: • Saturday 18 July (time 11 am-1 pm) • Creative Residency (Summer holidays): Thu 30 & Fri 31 July (times: 10am-3:30pm) This is an opportunity for young male participants (14+) from Birmingham and the West Midlands who are interested in joining our company on Saturdays and during the school holidays.

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‘Make Your Own Puppet @Home’ – Tutorial #4 today on Saturday 4th July

🌎 From Saturday 4th July at 10 am Puppeteer Ben Thompson will show you how to make the next puppet in our web series designed by Samuel Parker… a Polar Bear! ♻️ You will need… 1 x 1L Tetrapak (tall, square milk or juice carton) 3 x Straws 1 x Ruler 1 x Marker Pen 1 x Sharp Pencil Blu tack/Plasticine Tape Scissors     Global warming is affecting the Arctic faster than anywhere else in the world and the sea ice is shrinking at 14% per decade. This means that the global population of polar bears could reduce by two thirds by 2050 as …

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