What do you see when you stare at the Commonwealth connections of Birmingham’s industrial past? Monsters!
Descriptions of headless half-human people with gold-coloured skin, seen at the farthest reaches of the world, are in practically every ancient and medieval European document regarding monsters. For over 2,500 years, religious and political leaders, explorers, and scholars claimed that during their time in the ‘New World’, they encountered headless monster people.
These creatures, known as Blemmyes, have been seen climbing trees, hiding from people, talking softly, eating leaves, and generally being weird, and for one night only this Digbeth First Friday you will be able to spot them in Eastside Projects.
This project is part of our programme for the Birmingham 2022 Festival and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, Canada House and Canada Council for the Arts.