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TOP FOR FAMILY FUN 5 [Birmingham Mail (UK)]

October 19, 2013


1 The World Turned Upside Down - Buster Keaton, Sculpture and the Absurd, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry. Until Dec 14. This exhibition places the work of more than 20 international artists working in film, sculpture, installation art and performance in direct relation to Buster Keaton's films.

Supported by the Henry Moore Foundation, the idea is to try to link "the melancholic and at times anarchic comedy of Keaton to the dry wit of conceptual practice".

The examination of failure, risk and repetition explores the link between slapstick film, sculpture and performance.

Open Monday to Saturday, noon-9pm. Also open Sunday 27 and Dec 1. Free entry.

Details: or 024 7652 4524.

2 Rogue Play Aerial Workshop, Minerva Works, Digbeth. Today, 9.30am-11.30am. This course for children aged seven to 15 will introduce aerial and ground-based circus skills including aerial silks, static trapeze, aerial hoop and ground acrobatics.

Previous participants can p p work on one piece of equipment if they wish but all young people will work through Rogue Play's tailored levels of achievement to build their skills each month.

Participants will develop aerial skills, improve confi-dence, flexibility, strength and creativity.

Cost: Pounds 15 per session at Unit 8, Minerva Works.

Places are limited to 12 max per class so booking is essential.

Details: www.rogueplay. or or call 07746 327284.

3 Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-8, RAF Cosford, Shropshire. From today. An example of a German fighter aircraft widely used by the Luftwaffe during the Second World War has just gone on display as part of the museum's warplanes collection.

The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 was a single-seat, single-engine multi- role fighter-bomber, capable of carrying a larger bomb load than its counterpart the Messerschmitt Bf109. Entering Luftwaffe service in August 1941, the Fw 190 proved superior in many respects to the Royal Air Force's main frontline fighter, the Spitfire V. The Museum is open daily from 10am. Admission (but not car parking) is free of charge and there is a good restaurant. Details: or call 01902 376200.

4 West End Theatre Series: Merrily We Roll Along (12A) at Cineworld, Broad Street, Birmingham. Thursday. Maria Friedman's hugely acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim's 1981 musical classic, captured live at the Harold Pinter Theatre and now cinema ready.

Franklin Shepard (Mark Umbers) was once a feted composer of Broadway musicals. But now he's left that life behind to forge a new career as a producer of vulgar Hollywood films. He's also abandoned his old friends, including writer Mary Flynn (Jenna Russell) and former artistic collaborator Charley Kringas (Damian Humbley).

At a party to celebrate the premiere of his latest film, Franklin reflects on the compromises that have led to his wealth and status.

The production is shown on Thursday at 7.30pm and November 2 at 2.30pm.

Details: 5 Horrible Halloween at Tudor World, Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon. Until November 2. Tudor World will be celebrating a horrible Halloween with lots of tricks and treats, crime and punishment shows, child-friendly ghost tours, lantern lit adult ghost tours of the building at night, haunted tours of the town, quizzes, ghost hunts -plus Shakespeare tours of Stratford-upon-Avon.


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