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Re-Awakening Lea Village History Boards Unveiled

On the 8th of January 2014 the Lea Village History Boards were unveiled to a specially invited audience by town crier Ken Knowles, Reel Access Creative Producer Laura Breakwell and Shard End Councillor John Cotton.

The set of four local history boards located along the border of Lea Village, from the site of the original Lea Hall to the nearby Lea Village shop,s have been installed as a permanent reminder of the long history of the village. Each board focuses on a particular aspect of village life across its 800 year history.

A handy leaflet has been produced which maps out the boards locations and you should be able to pick these up at various locations across the area in the coming weeks. The boards contain just a small selection of the stories and images uncovered during the project and more information can be found in the Lea Village Archive which will be available to view at The Pump and Shard End Library.


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Twilightofthefreakingods celebrated five glorious years for Stan’s Cafe @ A E Harris, and was the last performance at the venue in its large format.

Reel Access was lucky enough to be bought on board to record the performance that unfolded slowly over 255 minutes. We are now in the process of creating a unique film experience using this footage. It’ll be a long editing process but here is an early glimpse at some of the shots we captured.

(Click on an image to enter the full screen gallery)

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Alice: An Extraordinary Adventure in Pictures

Sunday 28th July and Monday 29th July saw Heartbreak Productions bring their acclaimed production of Alice: An Extraordinary Adventure to the Norman Chamberlain Playing Fields in Shard End. It was the first event of its type at the site and despite the weather being less than cooperative during the Monday performance it was a huge success.

Visitors got into the mood for a summer outdoor event by bringing blankets, picnics and of course umbrellas and took up positions around the checker board stage. The company of only four plucky performers were ably assisted by local children for several songs including an action packed chess battle.

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to come and support Alice especially The Friends of Kingfisher Park, Heartbreak Productions, Shard End Library and Birmingham City Council, you helped make it an experience we won’t forget.

Alice: An Extraordinary Gallery (To view a full size version just click on the images below)


Alice-An Extraordinary Adventure

Alice – An Extraordinary Adventure Live Open Air Performances

Looking for something exciting to do this weekend in Shard End then you might want to come down to the Norman Chamberlain Playing Fields, Shard End, Birmingham, West Midlands B34 7SA.

You are invited to Alice’s birthday tea party…

Alice-An Extraordinary Adventure
Alice-An Extraordinary Adventure

Enter a dreamlike world full of games, colour, song and rhyme ruled by a crazy, croquet-playing Queen with very little heart and a very short temper! So, don’t be late, don’t lose your head, and watch out for a picnic stealing knave who wants your tarts…! A captivating event for all the family.

Heartbreak Productions
open air theatre at its best

Alice – An Extraordinary Adventure

By Lewis Caroll
Adapted by Dani Carbery

On Sunday 28th July at 5pm (come down at 4pm to join in the Mad Hatters Tea Party) Heartbreak Productions will be performing Alice – An Extraordinary Adventure. They are doing it all again on Monday 29th July at 2pm (1pm for Tea Party).

These special performances will also feature song and movement by local community groups.

Tickets are priced at £3 each or £12 for a family (2 adults and 3 children) and can be booked in advance via The Rep Box Office or a limited number can be purchased in person from The Shard End Library, All Saints Square, Shard End Crescent, Shard End, B34 7AG. Tickets will also be available to buy on the day but that will be cash only.

About Heartbreak Productions –

Renowned for award-winning open air theatre, Heartbreak Productions also creates indoor theatre, film, education and community pieces. For more details about these opportunities visit their website –

Useful Information –

These are open are performances. To make the most of this, we advise bringater, sunscreen and shade. You will be outside in direct sunlight and we want you to enjoy the event without suffering from the heat.

The Small Print –

Heartbreak performances continue in all but the severest of weather conditions. On rare occasions where circumstances beyond Heartbreak’s control force the cancellation of a performance, you are advised to contact the venue/ticket seller directly for their refund/exchange policy.


These performances are also listed on our events page –

Sunday 28th July Performance

Monday 29th July Performance

Life Love 10 Songs

Life & Love In Ten Songs IndieGoGo Campaign

Unfortunately, we did not reach our target of raising enough money to work with the homeless charity SIFA Fireside to make the film ‘Life and Love in Ten Songs’. However, we will not give up so easily!

Firstly we must thank profusely everyone who donated! £900 is still such a big achievement, which means we will be putting our heads together and working out a way to raise the rest of the money so this brilliant film written by Lee Harris of SIFA Fireside can come to life.

We will be contacting the donators to thank them individually soon, but we cannot stress how grateful we are so far.

Life and Love in 10 Songs’ is a romantic comedy that will be a different take on the lives of homeless people, showing that relationships and romance can flourish from the most difficult and dire circumstances. The focus is on two people who find a mutual inner strength which develops into a love story and takes them on an unforeseen journey. The film is in 10 chapters with a theme song to each, which mirrors the journey they are on. It looks at people from a human perspective and tries to avoid the usual stereotyping of homeless people and substance abusers.

SIFA Fireside is a dynamic local charity working to tackle homelessness and alcohol misuse.  We are based in Digbeth, Birmingham and work with people aged 18 and over with no upper age limit. SIFA Fireside is proposing to work with not-for-profit film organisation Reel Access to produce a film that will be made in conjunction with the homeless men and women who use the centre.

Reel Access will be working with SIFA Fireside to provide filmmaking training those people who come come to centre and thus giving them active roles within the production. They will be given opportunities to act in the film.

Download your free Life and Love in 10 Songs Wallpaper –

Free Wallpaper (Right Click and choose ‘Save As’)

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Sidney Nolan Trust Visit – Re-Awakening Lea Village

Reel Access took the Re-Awakening Lea Village team on a windy, arty and very educational visit to the Sidney Nolan Trust. We look forward to the workshops they will be delivering at the Re-Awakening Lea Village Festival.

The trip was a great chance to see some of the work they do, there were also animals, pot spinning and very good food…

Sidney Nolan Trust Visit April 2013
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Shooting The Lost Village Day 3

Filming The Lost Village

In the last few weeks we have been out and about filming The Lost Village, the short film written and performed by the local residents of Lea Village. It’s been a great experience and we’ve captured some amazing footage. We’d like to thank all of our actors for doing such a fantastic job.

You’ll be able to see the final film during our Re-Awaking Lea Village Festival Event on Saturday 25th May 2013.

As a taster here are some behind the scenes photographs from the making of The Lost Village –

Behind The Scenes Filming The Lost Village
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Re-Awakening Lea Village Auditions

Your Village Needs You!

Are you interested in auditioning to be part of a local film?

We will be holding open auditions for cast and crew at The Pump on Tuesday 2nd April 2013 from 1.30 – 4.30pm. Rehearsals will then start on Wednesday 3rd April with filming during the Easter Holidays.

No experience is required but the film will need people of all ages so everyone can join in working in front or behind the camera.

Bookmark this page and check back for more details in the next few days.


Creativity Special Event @ The Pump

Interested in creative industries?

Want to know more about social enterprise?

If you just answered YES to both of those questions…

Then we have the event for you!

If you are a young person with ideas about setting up your own creative business and not quite sure how to go about it, then this is the event for you!

This is an opportunity to talk to people from creative industries about turning your ideas into reality.

Come and get inspired!

For catering purposes register your interest by 1st March 2013 at or call them on 0121 675 8381