Little but LIVE! is a multi arts Festival taking place in the beautiful Moseley Park – just a short walk from Balsall Heath.

Thanks to funding from Arts Council England Paperback Theatre have been able to make all our workshops free to attend, AND all tickets to paid events free for residents of Balsall Heath and Sparkbrook. Just quote the access code SPARKHEATH when booking online.

Little but LIVE! has something for everyone, from Bhangra and Dhol Drumming classes to Recycled Robot Making workshops. We have got Reggae, Classical music, folk and even a production of one of Shakespeare’s funniest plays: The Comedy of Errors!

You can see our full programme online or below. Moseley Park is at Moseley Park and Pool, Alcester Road, B13 8DD, accessible next to Dixons on Moseley High Street.

Friday 16th September

4pm – 5pm – The Comedy of Errors (£5)
Paperback’s own rip-roaring production of one of Shakespeare’s funniest plays. We have got just 1 hr, 4 actors to retell this farcical tale of lost twins and reunited families. Also playing on Saturday and Sunday.

6pm – 7.15pm – Little but LIVE’s Comedy Hour (… or so) (£5)
Rachel Baker hosts a stellar line up of some of Birmingham’s finest Stand Up comics. Come get your belly laugh on as the sun sets in beautiful Moseley Park.

8pm – 10.30pm – Folk Open Mic hosted by Thorpe & Morrison – at the Moseley HIVE (FREE)
“Rising stars” of the UK’s folk scene, Thorpe & Morrison host an intimate & relaxed Folk Open Mic night for any local musicians – please note this will be followed by a traditional folk session for those who would like get involved.

Saturday 17th September

10.00am – 10.30am; 10.45am – 11.15am – Storytelling Workshop run by Juliet Fry (FREE)
Aimed at ages 4-11, experienced storyteller & workshop leader takes you on an interactive story walk through Moseley Park – weaving your imaginative ideas & discoveries into a unique story before you very eyes (and ears).

10.00am -11.00am – Poetry Workshop at Moseley HIVE
Esteemed spoken word artist Lexia Tomlinson, hosts an hour long poetry writing workshop on the theme of connection. Aimed at writers of ages 12+, Lexia will help you learn about coming up with poetic ideas and structuring / presenting your poetry.

11.30am – 12.30pm – Recycled Robots / Toys Workshop with Trevor Boddington (FREE)
Madhap-toy-tinkering genius Trevor Boddington, will present you with a great pile of recycled materials & show you how to build your own toys/ robots out of what looks like just a pile of rubbish. For all ages.

12.30pm – 1.30pm – “Singy Lemon” with Moseley Misfits (FREE)
A singing workshop for adults – guided by the musical genius of local charity Moseley Misfits – come together in the park to sing your favourite pop and rock music from the 1980s to today!

2.00pm – 3.00pm – The Comedy of Errors (£5)
See description above.

3.00pm – 4.00pm – Warli Art workshop with Sonal Gajbe (FREE)
Local Artist Sonal Gajbe teaches you about the history of Warli Art (a form of Indian folk art), and guides you through painting your own piece of acrylic Warli art to take home.
For all ages – minimum age limit, 7.

4.00pm – 5.00pm – Millicent B James (£5)
Witness one of Birmingham’s brightest & most exciting new composers, Millicent B James present work from her first two EPs Moyo. Vol 1. And Vol. 2. “Miilicent has seamlessly interwoven a myriad of sounds, drawing inspiration from gospel, jazz, soul, contemporary classical, ambient and afro music, & the result is truly outstanding.”~ORIGINAL WORLD

6pm – 7pm – The Reggealators (£5)
Dance the evening away to the amazing Reggaelators – this nine piece Reggae band present some of the nations’ most loved Reggae & Ska tunes.

8pm – 10pm – Spoken Word Open Mic hosted by Lexia Tomlinson (FREE)
Lexia Tomlinson hosts a Spoken Word Open mic for local poets and poetry lovers. Headline by Birmingham’s open poet Laureate Casey Bailey!

Sunday 18th September

10.00am – 12.00pm (Drop In) – ITZATNA’s Seedbomb Sculpture Workshop (FREE)
Join ITZATNA Arts for a messy, hands-on, eco-art workshop to create your own ‘seedbomb sculpture’ from seed, terracotta clay, and gardening tools which you can take with you to guerilla-garden your local neighbourhood! For all ages – minimum age limit, 3yr.

10.00am – 10.30am / 10.45am – 11.15am – Eternal Taal Bhangra and Dhol Drumming Workshop (FREE)
The UK’s first all female Bhangra group, led by the UK’s first female Dhol Drummer, Parv Kaur – will get your blood pumping and your feet flying with the Dhol Drumming and Bhangra workshop. Take the opportunity to play one of India’s traditional instruments, and learn a few bhangra moves to whip out at parties. Suitable for all ages.

12.30pm – 1.30pm – Flex by Cloud Cuckoo Land (FREE)
An open-air musical adventure with live band & plenty of opportunities to join in, Flex is a show aimed at both neurodivergent & neurotypical children. Aimed at children aged 5 – 10 but people of all ages welcomed too!

2.00pm – 3.00pm – The Comedy of Errors (£5)
See above.

3.00pm – 4.00pm – Shakespearean Insults Workshop with Rachel Green (FREE)
Community Vibe’s Rachel Green presents an interactive, educational and fun performance & follow-on workshop for all the family to watch and learn from! Come and create your own fun insults inspired by the words of the Bard. Suitable for all ages, minimum age guide 7+.

4.00pm – 5.00pm – The Sekine Quartet present The Food of Love: music inspired by Shakespeare’s works. (FREE)
This hit classical string quartet, present their unique arrangements of music inspired by Shakespeare’s work from throughout the ages, from Tchaikovsky to West Side Story.

6.00pm – 7.30pm – Sunset Folk Farewell with with The Filkin’s Ensemble supported by Thorpe & Morrison
‘Birmingham’s premier folk supergroup’, this new ensemble brings together 15 of the UK’s finest young folk musicians in an adventurous collaboration. The ensemble explores British folk traditions through the lens of the diverse metropolitan hub that is Birmingham.