At 11.30am on 9th September we sit near Chamberlain’s Clock in Golden Square and the magic begins. The clock exerts its power and time becomes fluid. As writers, we see our words spring to life when the actors arrive to take the audience with them on their journey round the Jewellery Quarter. There are stories of drama, comedy, tragedy, romance, history and hope.
‘We are true Brummies and lived/worked/played in the JQ and didn’t know half the buildings.’
‘Such a different way to experience theatre on the streets of our city. The cast was incredible.’
‘My first experience of such a performance and I’ll make sure it’s not my last.’
‘Another fantastic event from Boldtext.’
It’s so good to see all the hard work done by the writers, the actors, the director, the stage crew and all the organisational work we have done, provide a performance that evokes such responses. It is wonderful to watch the faces change expression in response to what they are seeing and hear the conversations about the stories and history that people have discovered. We like to entertain but also to go a few steps further and produce different layers of meaning and different experiences for people to discover for themselves.
It’s been a wonderful weekend – and the rain held off for us. We’re only half way through – 9 performances still to go. As one person commented, ‘Superb! We’ll definitely recommend and might even come again next week!’ You can read an online review here : https://www.thereviewshub.com/gem-of-a-place-the-jewellery-quarter-birmingham/
Come and join us next weekend – 16th, 17th and 18th September, but do book in advance as numbers are limited. Look forward to seeing you, seeing the magic of this gem of a place. Julia Wright
Image: Adaya Henry and Sam Butters performing ‘Dayus Square’. Photography Anand Chhabra
GEM OF A PLACE continues in Birmingham’s historic JQ at 11.30am, 2pm and 5pm on Friday, Saturday & Sunday 16-18th September.
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.