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Based on real-life accounts from local people, Cressida Brown and the REP's Foundry artists have created a new production investigating themes of identity. They question how many of the city's inhabitants became a 'Brummie' accidently and what the title actually means. As the entire theatre is transformed into a microcosm of Birmingham small groups can explore the building to encounter short plays inspired by the city.
Three years since the report of his disappearance in action, the Kellers are still waiting, hoping against hope for news of their son's return. Three years of waiting, and their younger son struggles to break the news to his mother and father that he is in love with the girl his brother left behind. Three lives are on hold, until they can finally accept that Laurie may never return. Events come to a head one evening, when Annie returns to her home town and forces the Keller family to confront their hidden past, their own culpability and the awful part they may have played in their son's demise. Powerful, passionate and frighteningly relevant, All My Sons, brought Arthur Miller his first major success as a playwright. This moving, tragic drama is a compelling tale of the ideological conflict between father and son, a merciless exposure of wartime profiteering and the American Dream.
A biographical one-man play about the life of film comedian Stan Laurel. Set in the bedroom of a sick Oliver Hardy the show takes place during Laurel's visit to the dying man. Recounting their past success as the comedy double act Laurel and Hardy this is a humorous and touching look at one of the great cinematic partnerships of the last century.
Duration: 55mins. Suitability: 12+
The people and history of a country house. A dazzling elaborate comedy of ideas. This is Stoppard of 'Jumpers' and 'Travesties' fixed by sublime abstraction and human absurdity. The plot revolves on a scandal that rocked the household of Lady Croom almost 200 years ago: a sexual liaison, possibly involving Lord Byron and resulting in a fatal duel. But did events really take place as they seem, and how does the Croom's handsome and dashing young tutor and his brilliant pupil Thomasina fit into the story? All will be revealed or will it? First performed at the National Theatre in 1993, this is a dazzling comedy of ideas.
This'll be good. Has to be. Three boys and a mountain. Luke, Zia and Tommy have known each other for forever. With Luke about to leave for university it's time for one last adventure together. Armed with Zia's mix CD and a bag of Brummie pride, they set off to conquer Snowdon. But when their jaunt takes an unexpected turn they are forced to face up to the reality of why they needed the trip in the first place.
Set during a heat wave on a rundown Thamesmead estate, Beautiful Thing is an urban fairytale full of characters that abound with attitude, energy, frankness and humour. The story follows Jamie, an introvert, troubled teen whose dislike of football is reason enough for his classmates to bully him at every opportunity. Living with is pre-occupied single mum, Sandra, Jamie finds himself infatuated with his next door neighbour and classmate Ste. Ste, who is living with his drug-dealing brother and abusive, alcoholic father in the flat next door, is one night beaten so badly that Sandra takes pity and lets him sleep over. In the absence of a third bed, Ste has to make do with sleeping 'top-to-toe' with Jamie. Much to his delight, Jamie is able to provide Ste with the comfort and reassurance he craves and also a little massage with some peppermint foot lotion . . . The boys’ relationship is helped along by Leah, a sassy, Mama Cass-obsessed neighbour and Sandra’s dippy neo-hippy lover, Tony, as they discover themselves, each other and a Beautiful Thing. Jonathan Harvey deftly combines comedy with ardent drama in his critically acclaimed award winning play. Beautiful Thing truly captures what it is to be sixteen and in the first full flush of love.
Love ain't something you just say. Just this word. It's something you do. A 21st century love story. Caneze meets Sully in the college canteen. The heat rises over triple chilli sauce in Nando's. She makes her move in the sweet smoke of a shisha bar. A touchpaper is lit... but neither of them bargained on the lengths to which her brother would go to keep them apart.
True terror resides in the slumbering mind. Fear, obsession, madness, paranoia. At night, in dreams, darkness stirs and an ancient horror awakes from the watery depths. When a professor is visited one night by a troubled, young artist, a mystery of colossal fear is slowly unleashed. The artist tells of his nightmare vision of a gargantuan, sunken metropolis and the sleeping, malevolent horror lurking within.
The best way to escape a dark tunnel is to find Hollywood at the end of it. When an unexpected tragedy rips through Anna's home, she is propelled into a colourful world of escape through the character of 1930s Hollywood actress, Madeleine Carroll. This autobiographical one-woman show set in the Black Country is a shifting, rhythmical patchwork of poetry and live music, replete with classic songs from Irving Berlin. Taking the audience on a gap year round trip from West Bromwich to West Virginia meeting a handful of lively characters along the way, Collidoscope is a bittersweet story of how fantasy and reality collide in the effervescent mind of an ordinary girl on an extraordinary journey.
Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears' dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. I made a decision. I did this by thinking of all the things I could do and deciding whether they were the right decision or not. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world. My name is Christopher John Francis Boone. I know all the countries of the world and the capital cities. And every prime number up to 7507.
Michael Harrison has it all; great career, great friends and a beautiful fianc?. But when his stag night prank goes horribly wrong, Michael finds himself left alone, buried alive and facing a terrifying death. As time runs out and the terror grows, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace investigates Michael's mysterious disappearance. But as the mystery deepens and he begins to unravel a tangled web of deceit, Grace begins to fear that Michael won't be found in time...
The story focuses on an Anglo - Pakistani family in 1970's Salford. It's a time of long hair, glam rock and flares. Chip shop owner, George Khan, wants his children to keep their culture and tradition but his kids want to be part of the modern world. The boys want disco music, the latest fashions and girls; Sajit wants to live in his parka and Meena doesn't want to wear saris. Their Dad is insisting on arranged marriages, dutiful children and respect, while their English Mum wants to give the kids space and to keep the peace - which is where the trouble starts. East is East is the hilarious result of two cultures colliding. This touching comedy was a hugely successful stage play and later made into the enormous international smash hit film. Winner of 1997 Writers' Guild Best West End Play award.
You're asking me to waste my time making sure some newspaper isn't going to be mean? Michael is moving into Number 10 Downing Street and there will be no charm offensives with this Prime Minister, not with a country to run. There's no time for lunches with the press while there are children living in poverty. And there's certainly no time to comment on a minister's illicit affair while the country needs more nurses. But when his family's private life looks set to be the next big story, Michael seeks help from a press secretary who advises, "Feed the beast before it turns on you." Can Michael keep politics centre stage or will he become the big story himself? Feed The Beast is a fiercely funny look at the rocky relations between our press and politicians in a world of spin-doctors and Leveson Inquiries.
One of the longest running comedies in Broadway and West End history, Harvey has endeared generations of audiences with the relationship of the amiable Elwood P Dowd and his best friend, the 6'1" tall white rabbit which only he can see. Elwood's family are finally driven to committing him into Chumley's rest home for the mentally disturbed, and here the fun really starts. Doctor Chumley becomes convinced he, too, can see Harvey and, believing that the rabbit is a spirit of good fortune, attempts to charm him away from Elwood. The madness is catching, as everybody soon believes that Harvey is as large as life.
A comic drama about adolescent schoolboys. A group of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with results, and a history teacher who thinks he's a fool.
The Honey Man is about an unlikely relationship that develops one summer between Misty, a 15 year-old girl, and The Honey Man, an 'ancient' afro-Caribbean man who has taken up residence in a derelict cottage at the edge of an English village where she lives. It's a tale of growing up and growing old, of individual responsibility and shared history, of dying bees, healing herbs and (possibly) just a little magic.
When a perfectly delightful trip to the countryside takes a turn for the worse, Bertie Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker - reconciling the affections of his host's drippy daughter Madeline Bassett with his newt-fancying acquaintance Gussie Fink-Nottle. If Bertie, ably assisted by the ever-dependable Jeeves, can't pull off the wedding of the season he'll be forced to abandon his cherished bachelor status and marry the ghastly girl for himself!
Running time 2hrs. The Olivier Award nominated West End hit comedy!
Bertie, the Duke of York, was never meant to be King. Shy, fragile, afflicted with profound stuttering, his occasional public speeches were a torment to himself and worse to those forced to listen. When his older brother David, now Edward VIII, abdicates his throne in exchange for the bed of a twice divorced American with Nazi sympathies, Bertie s wife Elizabeth turns to a Harley Street speech therapist from Australia: Lionel Logue. What transpires in the privacy of Logue s consultation room is the heart of this drama. Can Bertie, the reluctant King, be ?cured to get through his Coronation, and even more daunting, speak via the BBC to anxious millions throughout the world, rallying the troops, a nation, and an Empire to defend democracy? At the crucial moment comes the disclosure that Logue is not what he seems. Carefully researched, this is the true story of a friendship that changed history.
How Now Mrs Brown Cow is part of the hilarious series written by and starring Brendan O'Carroll.
A stranger arrives in Birmingham City Centre as the biggest festival in its history begins. The events of the next few days will turn the world upside down. A Passion For Birmingham is a new promenade play reimagining one of the world's most important stories, the life and death of Jesus Christ, as a gripping contemporary drama, a political thriller, a study of the abuse of religious power, and of friendships ripped apart and rebuilt. A unique collaboration between Birmingham Cathedral, The Old Joint Stock Pub & Theatre and the Wellington Pub, this is an event for the whole community of multicultural Birmingham. A Passion For Birmingham is a promenade production which will lead its audience around both familiar spaces and hidden spaces in the three venues via the passageways and alleyways which surround them. In each new location, a new scene unfolds.
Devised by Tim Jeffries, Tracey Street and the OJS Theatre Co.
A companion piece to The Odyssey told from the perspective of Odysseuss wife, Penelope. Welcome to Ithaca. Island paradise and home to Penelope. She's married to a world famous war hero and she's had enough of waiting for him all alone at home. Made with input from soldiers and military spouses, Penelope Retold is an irreverent collision of classic myth and contemporary rage. Get ready for a theatrical storm that sweeps through poetry, songs, comedy and YouTube clips towards a poignant and furious conclusion.
The inept and accident prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society set out to present J.M. Barrie's classic tale of Peter Pan. Two acts of hysterical disaster ensue. Don't miss this hilarious new comedy from the creators of West End smash hit comedy The Play that Goes Wrong. To die will be an awfully big adventure.
I don't need to hit anything. Not anymore. The air is enough. The shadow is the only opponent worth my effort. Alone in a boxing gym, with a video camera, there is one last thing that Ray has to do. As he reminisces over a lifetime of fights he gradually lets his guard down to reveal a heartbreak hidden beneath his hardened exterior leading to an emotionally devastating knock-out conclusion.
Classic costume drama (Gothic thrills) from the 1930's. A young bride feels the presence of her husband's former wife in the haunting home of Manderlay. Slowly she pieces together the tragic history of the dead Rebecca and confronts the housekeeper Mrs Danvers.
Quiet, private Little Voice sings as sweetly as the divas in her father's record collection - Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey, Billie Holiday...Little Voice can do them all. When her mother's flash new man Ray Say hears her sing he can't believe his luck thinking that he has finally found the meal ticket he has been looking for..but will Little Voice give in to his schemes? A poignant and funny love story The Rise and Fall of Little Voice was a huge hit in the West End and on Broadway and as a movie achieved worldwide acclaim and a number of Oscar nominations.
Penny Crowe is the host of a late-night radio phone in and, as Britain's leading Agony Aunt, she takes calls about every date from hell and the occasional one from heaven. Along with her co-hosts, camp producer Rory Reynolds (Carl Patrick) and former pop starlet Willow Wallace, she is more than happy to dish out relationship advice but she's less happy to take it!
Age advisory 16+ some strong language and adult themes.
May 2002. Spring in Bethlehem. A group of armed men seek sanctuary in one of the world's holiest sites, the Church of Nativity, as the Israeli army closes in. The siege lasts for 39 days, paralyzing the centre of Bethlehem. While the world is watching, the fighters are faced with the question of whether to struggle to the end or to surrender. No matter what they choose, they will have to leave their families and their homeland behind forever.
The Siege is created by world-renowned, The Freedom Theatre from Jenin Refugee Camp in Palestine.
A Summer In The South is a tribute to the great French write, Colette. Her most famous work was Gigi but this evening offers many more fascinating episodes set against the Paris of la belle ?poque and World War I. Hear about an assortment of astonishing characters including a spider that drinks with Colette's mother, Alain with his strange affection for his cat, Lina the ?grand horizontale' and Missy with her poodle-hair moustache. Dark and disturbing stories mix with colourful and amusing ones creating a haunting mosaic of prose and dramatised passages.
After a tragic year battling ill health Uncle Ben decides it's time to change for the better. In this season of good will to all mankind he decides to get into the festive mood by inviting his very diverse neighbours round for a small gathering. With the local sound system booked to supply the music, he purchases the obligatory party hats, crackers, mistletoe and decorative lights - all that's needed to complete the merriment is his witty jokes and a few bottles of rum. After an enlightening dream Uncle Ben is on a hunt to find his soul and change his ways but will he succeed or fail miserably? Join Uncle Ben, his friends and some very special guests for an evening of merriment and festive celebrations.
The track looks like any other ordinary train track. Nothing to indicate what happened here. Heather loves being a train driver, but she has been off work since the incident. Emily is in the middle of her GCSEs, but her head has been turned by uncovering unknown answers. Mark has never been able to manage emotion, especially his own. How does one family find its way through a tragedy that doesn't even belong to them?
Georg Buchner died aged 26, a victim of typhoid fever. Unknown during his short lifetime he nevertheless left behind a valuable body of work, one of which is this, his only unfinished piece, but close to his Expressionistic heart. Woyzeck is the story of a troubled man in a troubled world, a hostage to fortune, class and his sadistic superiors, Woyzeck's fate is played out in a series of nightmarish encounters. He stumbles through a world of macabre carnivals, sexual betrayal and cruel oppression, pursued by the demons of his own paranoid fantasies. Pushed beyond breaking point Woyzeck's last love crazed act tragically destroys the one thing he truly cares for.