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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.
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.
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.
Three interwoven stories unlock the frustrations and passions of characters struggling with their bank balances, their addictions, their histories and their own sense of self. Follow our three characters in a carefully crafted story about lives and loves and the social systems they have come to depend upon.
Experience Forum Theatre in which, after viewing the play, audience members have the opportunity to debate, to disagree, to participate (if they want) and to change the outcome.
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.
Comedy about four bouncers at a night club - the actors playing over 20 characters . ...It's Friday night it's club night - time for bouncers to come alive! All-new, up-dated version (1998). Meet giggly girls, lads on the make, Hooray Henries, pogo-ing punks and a smooth-talking DJ - all set against the tatty, glitzy glamour, flashing lights and pulsating beat of the dance floor... Contains strong language.
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...
"He thinks I'm Spanish... great! Well I'm hardly ganna say no am I? Oh what, turn around and drop the 'P' bomb... 'Yeah I'm a Paki, actually..." From unprovoked attacks, hijab's and segregation to Coronation Street, boyfriends and Tu Pac, Two's Company explore multicultural life and the challenges of ethnicity. Using a combination of headphone verbatim technique, and fictional monologues 'Different is Dangerous' gives a unique insight into the idiosyncratic lives of the Asian Leeds locals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Twelve touching and sometimes humorous monologues inspired by true stories about friendship, first love, defiance, death and survival. Twelve is a creative response to the shocking statistic that on average twelve women are killed in the UK every year by family members in so-called 'honour based violence'. Twelve writers have created a unique theatre event to highlight this all-too-common issue and to give a voice to those who have tragically lost their lives. The stories are interwoven with modern dance, expressing the freedom of the women's spirit and the conflict between cultural tradition and modernity.
Inspired by True Stories