First a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who made theatre with us, discussed with us, supported us and followed BOLDtext in this last momentous (not always in a good way) year.
We roared into 2016 on the back of Steve Jackson’s BOLDtext-developed Roller Diner winning the Verity Bargate award. And after the February group show Leap solved all your relationship problems… ahem… we followed up with a stonking Doubled Up – our ‘two-plays on one night’ slot. Tim Stimpson aired his vibrant, imaginative Three Wheels on the Wagon complete with original music. And after its Doubled Up reading, Vanessa Oakes’ full length play All is Well now has funding for a full touring production in May 2017. Congratulations Vanessa!
Things got serious with our timely Eurotrashed EU referendum show. And that’s when we heard the first cries of:
‘It was great but the after-show discussion was too short.’
‘What?! Nobody ever says that?!’ We shouted back, astonished.
‘The subject matter is so timely and we’re living through these events – we have more to say and more to ask, as we try to steer a course as active players in a democracy that often feels like it doesn’t represent us…,’ they hollered. (Okay, maybe not that last bit.)
So the gauntlet was thrown, our audiences were demanding fast, on-its-toes theatre, rooted in the West Midlands, reacting to often confusing times as they happen. Our Autumn shows had to reflect this. So we explored the challenges and squeezed resources of NHS mental health services with Disorder in September, and the world of prison reform with its radical problems and possible radical solutions in our November show, Behind Bars. We stopped off on the way for charabanc trips to individual members’ plays, Sayan’s warm, hilarious My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding and Julia and Liz’s frenetically funny Calling for Help. Of course along with the rest of the nation, we were all gripped by Tim’s award-winning Helen and Rob Titchener story on The Archers. And there’s more:
Coming up, hot on the heels of 2016, our new show INSATIABLE – bring your unwanted Christmas pressies to The Rep on Monday 9th January 2017 at 8pm for what promises to be a great night compered by the wonderful Janice Connolly.
Book now on 0121 236 4455
We look forward to seeing you all in 2017.
Have a great Christmas and New Year –
From the BOLDtext writers
Liz, Steve, Helen, Nicola, Sayan, Vanessa, Julia + Tim