Review: Saturday Night Fever at The Alexandra, Birmingham

Saturday Night Fever at The Alexandra Theatre Birmingham …hard hitting and brash musical which never pulls its punches

#BrumHour Archive 2015-2018

by Dave Massey

Saturday Night Fever at The Alexandra

Saturday Night Fever is at The Alexandra (previously the New Alexandra Theatre) until Saturday 29th September, based on the 1978 film starring John Travolta this funky and brash musical drama is jam packed with with well known music.

Richard Winsor plays Tony Manero, a young Italian American living in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Working in a hardware store and living with his family,  he spends much of his nightlife at a local club 2001 Odyssey, dancing the night away along and hangs about with his male friends, Bobbie C (Raphael Pace), Double-J (Jared Thompson), Gus (Owen Broughton) and Joey (Michael Cortez).

Richard Winsor (Tony) and the Cast of Saturday Night Fever photo by Pamela Raith Photography Richard Winsor (Tony) and the Cast of Saturday Night Fever photo by Pamela Raith Photography

Tony’s friend Joey has got his traditionally catholic girlfriend pregnant and is doing best…

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13 things to do in October in Birmingham

Some great things to do in #Birmingham in October….We are off to Motown the Musical at The New Alexandra Theatre for some funky tunes and a boogie night…..Get down!

#BrumHour Archive 2015-2018

Compiled by Dave Massey

13 things to do in October in Birmingham

Find a broomstick and sweep away those cobwebs from your autumn wardrobe. Halloween is coming! But Before all that.. There is…

Birmingham Literature Festival (4th-14th October)

Across seven locations in Birmingham.

This years Birmingham Literature Festival sees Alexei Sayle and Caitlin Moran plus BBC Radio 4’s show Any Questions? arrive in our city, there’s fiction surgeries, book launches and even a section aimed at young writers ages 8-17.

Discover the full programme here:

Birmingham Comedy Festival (5th-14th October)

In and Around Birmingham

Joanna Lumley, Rich Hall’s Hoedown and Robin Ince are among the names coming to this years Birmingham Comedy Festival. But never mind those. Regular #BrumHour tweeter, Mrs Barbara Nice will be hosting Barbara Nice’s Raffle at Birmingham Hippodrome’s Patrick Studio. 

It's a festival... Made of Comedy! It’s a festival… Made of Comedy!

Look out for events including Brunch and…

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Jewellers Arms

I have known Angus McMeeking joint MD of Black Country Ales for over 30 years and he certainly knows how to run a good pub… loud music and SKY Sports on the box……just good old fashioned decent ale and pub food….his cheese and onion cobs pork pies and Black Country pork scratchings are to die for……Angus has about 30 pubs in his stable including ‘The Wellington’ in Bennetts Hill, oft voted ‘Best Real Ale Pub’ in Birmingham and ‘The Craven Arms’ by The Mailbox, another great pub run to Angus’ formula of great beer, great food and a great atmosphere and ambience…….He also runs my locals ‘The Midland’ in my home town of Bearwood on Bearwood Road and ‘The Swan’ in Blackheath on Long Lane……..Great pubs from Black Country Ales…..More power to your elbow Gussie!!! Keith Bracey


I was lucky enough to be sent to the JewellersArms Hockley Street for Brumhour last night. My review for that will be on Brumhour very soon. (I will post a link when it’s available )

Because I had such a nice time at the Jewellers Arms, I thought I share my experience. Located in the heart of Birmingham’s famous jewellery quarter and just a very short walk from the train station this charming, traditional British pub is everything a good pub should be. Cosy with a lovely friendly atmosphere and lively enough without being frantic, it’s easy to settle into this kind of pub for a few hours.

As some of you may know, I was away last week and even though I was only in Wales, it’s too far from Birmingham to be included on my pages, but I did enjoy discovering pubs just like this in wales too…

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Heritage Open Day at Highbury

Heritage Open Day at Chamberlain’s Highbury Hall home…..lots to see and do at the home of #Birmingham’s foremost political family.

Come and join us on the 16th September for our annual Heritage Open Day!

Immerse yourself in the history of Highbury during the Great War! View photos of Highbury as a hospital in WW1, learn about the Birmingham PALs, take a guided tour of the grounds, meet the Highbury beekeepers, play games on the lawn and much more!

The event starts at 11am and finishes at 4pm.

Family friendly. Refreshments available. Parking at Uffculme School.

HOD Highbury Map & Programme 2018-page-2

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Heritage Research Area familiarisation session

Heritage Area Familiarisation Session at the Library of #Birmingham on Saturday 15th September 11am – 1pm

The Iron Room

As part of Birmingham Heritage Week, Archives & Collections are offering the opportunity to get to know the sources available in the Heritage Research Area on level 4 of the Library of Birmingham.

At this free event, staff will guide you through resources such as maps, electoral and parish registers as well as digital resources on Ancestry Institution and software for reading local newspapers.

Spaces are limited to 12 people per session and pre-booking is essential. To book, click here.

Saturday 15 September 2018, 11 am – 1 pm.

Please note this session is not aimed at answering specific genealogical enquiries.

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