SSA Drama Present Sleeping Beauty!

Sleeping BeautyAfter recent productions of Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella, SSA Drama returns with another take on a classic tale – and this year they present Sleeping Beauty!

The production will play from the 15th – 18th January 2014 at Malley Hall, Alderbrook School. Tickets will be on sale soon (keep your eyes peeled for more information soon!)

Rehearsals are now underway and the production is going well, and we look forward to another dose of SSA Drama’s magic in the New Year!


Princess Talia – Lucy Williams
King Henry
– Steve Carey
Queen Olivia
– Angela Ingram
Phillip the Royal Announcer
– Pete Bailiss
Dame Doris
– Thom Faulkner
– Elliott Sayers
Gordon the Grumpy Gardener
– Simon King
– Emma Doran
– Melody Faulkner
– Beth Hughes
– Matt Fitzgerald
Prince George
– Jack Bushell
– Stephen Head
– Sam Marshall

Chorus – Chloe Cardin-Stewart, Sarah Rakotonirina, Emma Benton and Nalia Ahmed

Directed by Sarah Jones


SOSage Factory Presents Miss Saigon!

Miss SaigonSOSage Factory presents the Broadway hit musical Miss Saigon® School Edition.

The production will take place from Thursday 27th February to Saturday 1st March 2014, including a Saturday matinée.

Tickets are on sale now from Solihull Arts Complex or by calling 0121 704 6962. Adults: £11-£13 Children: £9-£11.

From the creators of Les Misérables. It is 1975 in Vietnam; an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love but are separated when Saigon falls. Their struggle to find each other ends tragically for her and but offers a fighting chance for the child he never knew he had. This dramatic story is interwoven with memorable songs including ‘Last Night of the World’, ‘Bui-Doi’, ‘The Movie in my Mind’, ‘I Still Believe’ and ‘The Heat is on in Saigon’.

Solihull On Stage Want You!

Guys and DollsSolihull On Stage will be performing the classic musical Guys and Dolls next year at Solihull Arts Complex.

If you’d like to be part of the production, join us in The Edge Theatre, Alderbrook School on Thursday 12th September at 7:30pm. This will be an informal event where you can hear about the musical and the principal roles followed by a sing through. Drinks and nibbles will be provided!

For more information, see or email

SSA Drama Whips It Up!

Whipping It Up Cast and Crew

SSA Drama’s production of Steve Thompson’s political comedy Whipping It Up was extremely well received, with strong audiences for all three performances from 15th – 17th August 2013 at The Edge Theatre, Alderbrook School.

Three Minute Call reviewed the Friday performance:

“You felt like you were eavesdropping on real political conversations and it resonated so closely with the recent expenses scandals and London riots…. (The director) Chris Cooper has done a brilliant job of bringing the politics of our time to life, it is a show that can always be relevant and the 6-strong cast were excellent.”

See the full review here.

The production garnered plenty of positive feedback during the run, and the cast and crew can only be applauded on such an enjoyable production.

See the official production photos here.

SSA Drama’s next production is their annual pantomime Sleeping Beauty which will play from Wednesday 15th – Saturday 18th January 2014 at 7:30pm in Malley Hall, Alderbrook School. More information will be released soon!

SSA Drama present ‘Whipping It Up’

Whipping It Up PosterSSA Drama are currently rehearing the hilarious political comedy, Whipping It Up, by Steve Thompson.

This production will play from Thursday 15th – Saturday 17th August 2013 at 7:30pm at The Edge, Alderbrook School.

Tickets are now on sale!

Book now from Solihull Arts Complex on 0121 704 6962 or from their website.
Adults £8 Concessions £6. 

“Everything they say is true, then? Black ties; cigar smoke; whisky in cutglass. Westminster runs the country. But the Whips run Westminster.”

It’s a week before Christmas, and the new Tory government is facing dissent over its latest Bill. With a majority of only three, the Whips’ office is out in full force, and they’ll stop at nothing to keep the strays in line. But they’re in for a long night: boy scouts are rioting in Whitehall, the PM’s golfing with the President, five Tory rebels are on the loose and the Chief Whip’s playing at Santa – could this be the beginnings of a leadership challenge?

Chief – Simon King
Alastair – Matt Barnard
Tim – Elliot Sayers
Guy – Stephen Head
Delia – Sarah Jones
Maggie – Emma Doran

Directed by Chris Cooper, assisted by Beth Hughes.

Keep up with all the latest behind-the-scenes action for Whipping It Up on Facebook and Twitter.

Success for SSA Drama’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Romeo & JulietSSA Drama’s turned again to Shakespeare, with their performance of Romeo and Juliet from 29th May – 1st June. The production was very well received, and the standing ovation on the final night proved just how successful it had been.

Directed by Thom Faulkner and Sam Marshall, this version blended Shakespeare’s original language with the music and style of David Bowie, creating a memorable experience for all.

See the production’s review on Three Minute Call.

SSA Drama’s next production is Steve Thompson’s political comedy Whipping It Up which will play from Thursday 15th – Saturday 17th August 2013 at 7:30pm at The Edge, Alderbrook School. More information will be released soon!

Find SSA Drama on Facebook and Twitter.

Book Launch for The Solihull Society of Arts

A History of Solihull Society of ArtsOn April 10th 2013, there will be a book launch for A History of The Solihull Society of Arts, written by Nigel Cameron.

The book will available to order from all good book stores for £12.95.

Probably unique in being established during WWII, the Solihull Society of Arts became a remarkable organisation. With almost a thousand embers each year between the 1960s and the early 1980s involved with its Literary, Drama, Art and Music Sections, it attracted famous people to speak at its meetings or give recitals.

For 23 years the Society ran a Competitive Music Festival judged by distinguished musicians. Its concerts and theatrical performances – especially the annual pantomime – were often sold out. Its members had their work hung at the Royal Academy Exhibitions in London.

Historical research was mainly local but nevertheless resulted on one occasion being acclaimed by the Oxford English Dictionary for recording earlier versions of words than hitherto known. The Society’s Annual Dinners were the social event of the year.

Solihull Society of Arts