Cold Cuts

by Nicola Jones As a teenager living in a small, but perfectly formed, rural market town, I remember complaining to an American tourist that ‘you can’t live on beauty.’  She was on a whistle-stop tour of historic Britain and had been waxing lyrical about my lovely home town. And she was right to. There wasContinue reading “Cold Cuts”

Getting the band back together…

That’s how it felt as Liz and I joined Vanessa and Nicola for our first ever re-mounted show, ‘Selfies’ at Warwick Words.  Was this really a good idea?  Would there be an audience for us beyond Birmingham?  And where the heck was the light switch for the toilets so Liz could put her make-up on? 

12 hours in Warwick

Coffee break @ Friends Meeting House After struggling through rush hour road works (!) and traffic chaos Nicola & Vanessa started the day off with our Write What You Know workshop which is where things immediately started to look up. Great, open, atmosphere to be able to express yourself in. Friendly open atmosphere. And prompting exercisesContinue reading “12 hours in Warwick”

Selfies @ Warwick Words 1st October 2015

Four dramatic monologues, read by ourselves, exposing our working practices and influences, as well as exploring how our individual backgrounds have shaped the writers we are today. In Search of The Unhappy Ending by Liz John Dark Matters by Nicola Jones Lowering My Voice by Helen Kelly The Other Me by Vanessa Oakes 8 pm Lord Leycester HospitalContinue reading “Selfies @ Warwick Words 1st October 2015”

SUNSTROKE – Patti & Sam (without the cool)

by Helen Kelly It’s an odd experience to sit at your kitchen table with an old friend and pretend to be in a couple, of thirty years standing from Erdington with two adult children and a garden room.  But that’s what myself and Liz John have been doing for the next BOLDtext show, SUNSTROKE – playingContinue reading “SUNSTROKE – Patti & Sam (without the cool)”


Are you going away for the summer? Lucky you. Bold Text Playwrights have plans too… Find out what we got up to in the holidays at SUNSTROKE  8 pm on Monday 7th Sept 2015 at The REP Bold Text Playwrights return to The REP this autumn with tales of British tourists caught up in events beyond their control.Continue reading “WISH YOU WERE HERE?”


Monday June 29th, 8pm at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre Book your FREE tickets here or phone The REP box office on 0121 236 4455 How was it for you? Any regrets? Russell Brand may have changed his mind about voting, but a third of UK voters stayed at home. Wish you’d voted? Wish you’d voted differently? WishContinue reading “THE RUSSELL BRAND EFFECT: The Morning After”


by Helen Kelly What a joyful day.  It started with me heading out of the family home, leaving a naked child looking for his pants.  (It’s hard to describe the feeling of freedom when you step out into the sunshine knowing that getting your child to school is your partner’s problem).  A quick hop on theContinue reading “THE RUSSELL BRAND EFFECT – The Morning After”


by Julia Wright It’s May 5th 2015 and it’s two days before the General Election. What is our show about? Well it has to be politics, doesn’t it? And then our next show is six weeks later. Just giving us time to judge the results and write about our reactions to them. So I’ve hadContinue reading “THE RUSSELL BRAND EFFECT”