Birmingham History Theatre Group

The Society set up the Birmingham History Theatre Group following the acclaim and success for last year's "Sweet Freedom" production. Our varied repertoire has focused upon working class life in the Balsall Heath during the 19th and 20th centuries. Our first production was a light hearted look at the Lunar Society, whose contribution to the industrial revolution and Birmingham's growth is unrivalled. Our latest and current production, Life's Rich Pageant, centres on the 1938 Birmingham Pageant and how it might have affected a local family and the council. This proved immensely popular with the audiences and due to demand it is coming back for more dates on October 25th and 26th 2013.


  • Trouble at home (above) for the Bealing family in Life's Rich Pageant.

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  • Gwen Lally tells everyone her rules for a happy production in "Life's Rich Pageant".


  • A scene from "Eclipsed - The dark side of the Lunar Society"

The Group has also conducted several Historical "Walks Through Time". These have been along canal towpaths and the Moseley Road. Planned for later this year is a Ladypool Road Walk.


  • The "Walk Through Time" to Smethwick.

Latest Events

Saturday 13th July saw two mini history trails centred around the Pumping Station at Brasshouse Lane in Smethwick.

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  • The ghost of James Brindley approaches Thomas Telford on Galton Bridge.

Forthcoming Productions

The Ladypool Road trail is set for the last weekend of September and will be a trail through time meeting characters connected with the road.There is a rich and varied cast of people connected to the road and this promises to be a thoroughly entertaining walk. Among the charcters likely to appear will be Howard Raymond Davies (below) - a real "character" and motorcycle champion and WW1 prison camp escapee! He was born at 351 Ladypool Road.

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