Have just returned from the launch of Birmingham’s newest theatre ‘Blue Orange’. This is the brain child of local producer/ director Mark Webster whose vision to create an accessible and affordable space for fringe theatre and emergent new writing in the Midlands has been realised. The space as you might expect is blue and erm.. orange and has a sizeable rehearsal/conference room, an ‘in development’ cafe bar and a 107 seater studio theatre. The opening show was Tina Hoffman’s excellently directed and performed ‘What the Butler Saw’. The pace was appropriately speedy and the audience was kept on its mettle with the fast action and interesting use of make shift entrances (showing off the versatility of the theatre space). I wasn’t sure about the decision not to have full nakedness as some of the later lines jarred a little – perhaps if all the underwear had been of an earlier / the play’s period the idea that the wife was seeing naked men (referring to them in their Calvin’s) would have rung more true. But a small thing which didn’t spoil the rest of a highly polished piece.
A definite addition to Brum’s entertainment scene – go and see for yourselves!