Meet the Cast!

We’re delighted to announce our amazing cast for Gem of a Place which opens in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter on September 9th.

Graeme Rose returns having previously thrilled audiences in Behind Bars: Ghosts of the Lock-Up as the notorious Tommy Tank. Another BOLDtext veteran is Adaya Henry who appeared in Power of Invention at Soho House. They are joined by local legend Deborah Tracey, Aizah Khan, and Sam Butters. Scroll down to find out more.

Graeme Rose is co-founder of Birmingham’s Stan’s Cafe and site-specific specialists The Resurrectionists. Recent theatre roles include Winston in 1984, Sancho in Don Quixote, The Computer in The Time Machine, Bosola in Duchess of Malfi (Creation Theatre), Sydney in A Tale of Two Cities (Chung Ying HK / Red Shift). His solo project Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder about the unsolved murder of his great uncle is recorded as a podcast.

Deborah Tracey has worked widely as an actress for many years. Her credits include Standing At The Sky’s Edge (Crucible & NT), Dogwalker (Stephen Joseph), and Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical! (ROYO). TV and film includes: This England (Sky Atlantic), American Monster (Discovery), Doctors (BBC), Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (Fox), and Patient Zero (Sony Pictures). Deborah also writes and performs her own shows, including Death of a Beauty Saleswoman.

Adaya Henry is a spoken word artist, actor and facilitator. Poetry commissions include campaigns for Birmingham City Council and the NHS. Adaya was a featured poet on Benjamin Zephaniah’s Life & Rhymes on Sky Arts. Acting credits include The Archers (BBC), Doctors (BBC), A Different Place (BFI Short), COVID & Me (NIHR), Taking Steps (Women & Theatre), Meet Me in the Ruins (Coventry City of Culture)

Aizah Khan is a Midlands based actor of Pakistani heritage. A versatile performer, working from theatre to screen to circus to voice, she is a passionate character artist who loves to explore new ways to tell a story.  Recent credits include Milesians with Imagineer/ Circolumbia on stage, Chillys Commercial, and touring Come Bowl With Me as part of Birmingham 2022 Festival with Talking Birds.

Sam Butters began his journey as a performer at Birmingham Ormiston Academy before moving to London to train at Arts Educational Schools, studying musical theatre. Recent credits include: Hand of God (Hope Theatre), In Our Skin (MAC), Sent To Cov (Sky Arts); Boys Who Cry (Birmingham REP), I Ain’t Dumb (Belgrade Theatre), and Doctors (BBC).

Gem of a Place is proud to be part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival and Birmingham Heritage Week. Supported by Arts Council England and the Sir Barry Jackson Trust.

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