Feast of culture for Solihull citizens


Solihull Residents can expect to enjoy a wide variety of cultural entertainment in the next week as the council celebrates the arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay and the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in the borough.

Enormous walking trees, giant balloons, a musical robot table tennis battle, crowd-pleasing PE teachers, startling silver tubes, and the works of Shakespeare will all take their turn on centre stage to show that it’s not just world class sport that will be showcased in Solihull this summer. For full details on each performance, please click the links.

Beginning on Thursday 21 July, Australian puppet theatre company Terrapin is bringing table tennis, music, robots and more to Solihull with Anthem Anthem Revolution. Participants are invited to battle a table tennis robot for the opportunity to unveil a new national anthem written by children embodying their hopes for the future. This production is part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival.

The Giant Balloon Show will visit Knowle on Tuesday 26 July, it combines an 80s soundtrack, balloons, and an award-winning entertainer will simultaneously have the audience in absolute stitches and a state of awe.

Described by viewers as ‘a masterclass in entertainment’ and ‘quite simply brilliantly bonkers’, viewers should expect feverous balloon sculptures, a high energy comic performance, and, of course, the titular giant balloon!

Big Mob will be performing their intricate, funny and charming family show at three different locations on Tuesday 26 July. Similarly busy on the day of the Queen’s Baton Relay will be Bread and Butter Theatre Company as they bring two separate performances to the borough. Their hilarious 1980s PE teacher act brings the audience into the performance, and their Greenfinger folk will be ready to solve all your gardening needs.

On the same day, Hannah Elsy productions will bring their ‘whistle-stop tour of Shakespeare’s greatest hits’ Shakespeare Revue. There will be performances in Solihull town centre and at Lavender Hall Park. Joining them in performing at Lavender Hall Park, Treemendous is a spectacle on a grand scale, featuring 9-foot tall fully mobile tree-men. They will also be performing at multiple locations across the borough.