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Birmingham 2022 Festival presents

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A new play by David Calcutt

A medieval murder mystery ...

A tale of ghosts, witchcraft, paganism, and doomed love!

An immersive event at


10th-11th September 2022

With the redevelopment of the Digbeth area in Birmingham for the HS2 rail link, archaeologists has been making some extraordinary discoveries, which will change our understanding of the city’s past.


Our play is loosely based on historical fact: the discovery of two skeletons in Digbeth, dating from the medieval period. There is a mystery about this discovery... How did they die? Why were they buried in unmarked graves?


This is the starting point for our unique drama event - an immersive experience, set in the garden of Birmingham Friends of the Earth in the centre of Birmingham! A spectacular mixture of sound, music, image and movement


10th-11th September 2022: 4pm, 5.30pm and 7pm daily


The performance lasts 25 minutes. Tickets are free but places are limited and booking is essential.


To book, go to:


Venue: FRIENDS OF THE EARTH BIRMINGHAM, Allison Street, Birmingham B5 5TH

There is disabled access. Please note that the garden has uneven surfaces, which may be slippy

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Part of our "Project Time Machine: Digging into Birmingham's Past."


Project Time Machine is part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival’s Creative City programme and is one of 107 projects - funded by Birmingham City Council - that will see community groups playing their part in the citywide Commonwealth Games celebrations.

Photos by Kate Green, from our first "Project Time Machine" event, held at Birmingham Friends of the Earth in July.

More details about this event here.

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About this website

Innovative and creative ways of exploring local history with young people!

This website has been created by Midland Actors Theatre. It features some of the local history projects we have undertaken with young people. It also outlines some of the different methods we have used - including Oral history, Photography, Heritage Trails, Instagram Drama, Comic Books, Digital Storytelling and Film. We hope that you will be inspired to carry out your own projects!