Coming to The Old Print Works in Spring 2022...

The Big F.A.T. Weekend

Festival of Applied Theatre

Friday 20th May 2022 - Sunday 22nd May 2022

The Old Printworks - Birmingham, Balsall Heath

What is The Big FAT Weekend?

F.A.T. stands for The Festival of Applied Theatre -  a unique event taking take place in the Old Print Works in Balsall Heath, starting on Friday 20th and running through the weekend.  You have the once in a lifetime opportunity to see five new works made by this year's graduates in Applied Theatre from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, in a collection of brilliant, original, short new free performances.  The students are taking over this wonderful building for the long weekend, and as well as the shows there will be a chance to see an exhibition of their community drama projects and to chat with them about applied theatre and their time at RBC/BCU.  

The Festival is over now for this year, but you can still look at the website, and there are now links here to videos of the 5 original plays presented this year. Click on the link to watch these highly original, inventive performances.
Becoming of Vasilisa
The Tragedy of Kitty Jay
Reclaim the Night


Our doors open at 5:00 PM on Friday the 20th of May at the Old Print Works in the MIix Cafe, there you can buy refreshments and also see our exhibition in the side room. You will be greeted by our stewards and when performances are ready you will be ushered to the rooms to begin watching.


Get your tickets here:

To come to the Festival, please look at the schedules on the website, and book in advance for the specific times of performances you want to see.  Tickets are free but numbers are limited.  The overall schedule is broken down by days, or is available as a document herePerformances are all less than 30 minutes, and happening in different venues around the site, but you will need to go to the Festival Hub in the Mix Cafe when you arrive, and audiences will be guided from there to each individual performance.  On Friday there are two performances happening at a time, but on Saturday and Sunday they are running one at a time.  The exhibition is open throughout the weekend, and drinks and refreshments are available at the Mix Cafe.

Accessibility @ The Big Fat Weekend

If you have any accessibility requirements please drop us an email:

Access to the Courtyard Entrance towards the 'Drawing Room' is step-free.

Access to the Directors Office is wheelchair accessible but will require a ramp, which will be in place throughout.

Access by wheelchair to the front of the building (The Mix Cafe and The GAP) requires a ramp. Please check with us in advance to ensure it is deployed.

There is a new accessible ground floor toilet which is located to the rear of the building and access is on the level. If you are visiting The Mix Cafe / The GAP they can accompany you into the main building to access these facilities. There is a wheelchair available at the front of the building to assist anyone with limited mobility to reach these ground floor toilets.

At present there is no lift installed in the building and so access to the basement, first and second floors is not currently wheelchair accessible. This includes venues: The Gap and The Top Gallery.


Please check before you book or attend that our facilities are going to be suitable.

We are sorry that our building is not more accessible. We are working towards improving this.

Planning Your Trip + Info*

Getting To The Venue

We are based at 498-506 Moseley Road B12 9AL in Balsall Heath, not far from Birmingham city centre, Moseley and Kings Heath.

There is no general parking on site. The 2 nearest car parks to the venue are...

Sparkhill, St Paul's Road car park

Sparkbrook, Birmingham B12 8LQ


Sparkhill, Oldfield Road car park

28 Oldfield Rd, Sparkbrook, Birmingham B12 8TY

- If you need to drive there is also parking on nearby streets.

The number 50 bus (24 hour route) stops very close by. This service is very frequent and the best way to access us from the city centre. The timetable can be found here.

There is cycle parking for over 40 bikes - both in the front of the building and in our courtyard.


Information to help you plan your trip:

  • You should arrive at the Mix Cafe which is in the Old Print Works building.

  • Each performance lasts between 20-30 minutes.

  • There are at least 10 minutes between performances to get to the next performance.

  • Make sure you do NOT book 2 performances at the same time.

  • There is an exhibition open throughout the event which is in the Mix Cafe in the side room.

The Old Print Works is a former printers, which has become a creative hub in Balsall Heath, with studio spaces and galleries and cafe. It has been the base of the FAT Weekend for three years.

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