Roller Diner @ Soho Theatre

Roller Diner @ Soho Theatre

Our very own Stephen Jackson’s fabulous musical extravaganza, Roller Diner,  opens at London’s Soho Theatre on Friday 26th May until Sat 24th June.  Steve showcased this play at a BOLDtext event at The Rep back in 2014, and it went on to win the Verity Bargate Award. We can’t wait for Steve’s unique perspective on life to hit the London stage!  He’s such a talent and we’re very proud.

Home of the full English Brexit

Welcome to Eddie Costello’s Roller Diner – a faded Brummie beacon of a deep fried American dream. The staff can’t skate and there’s a whiff of burnt sausages and disappointment.

So when new waitress Marika arrives from somewhere foreign looking for a slice of a better life, hearts are set alight in a fiery recipe of love, jealousy and murder.

A theatrical jukebox sizzling with songs, sexual tension and failed dreams… all served with extra ketchup.

Directed by Soho Theatre Artistic Director Steve Marmion, Roller Diner is the professional debut of Birmingham writer Stephen Jackson and the winner of Soho Theatre’s prestigious Verity Bargate Award for new writing.

A savage sweet musical comedy, it opens up the heart of middle England and the universal search for a place to call home.  Book via Soho Theatre.

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Insatiable – January 9th

BoldText member Julia Wright writes:

A new year, a new show. As December was engulfed in a frenzy of preparations for Christmas, four BoldText writers were struggling to write about the politics of consumption while rushing towards the annual over-consumption of food and gift buying. But the next production was on January 9th when Christmas and New Year have become a distant memory, so what to write about? Continue reading

Here’s to 2017

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 Septemberand 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

Insatiable

Insatiable

Come January, will you have an empty bank account, a tight waistband and a pile of unwanted Christmas presents cluttering up the house?

Then get down to The REP on Monday 9 January 8pm in The Door where BOLDtext’s Stephen Jackson, Liz John, Vanessa Oakes and Julia Wright will be exploring the politics of consumption and questioning why we all want so much more than we need.

Do bring along all your unwanted Christmas presents, as after the show we’ll be hosting an Unwanted Christmas Present Swap with any leftovers donated to local charity.

These script-in-hand new writing nights are very popular so please do reserve your ticket in advance.

It’s free to book then pay-what-you-can on the night (we will rattle a bucket at you on the way out).

CALL BOX OFFICE  0121 236 4455   Mon-Sat  10am-7pm

Or via this link  Birmingham Rep

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Behind Bars

Behind Bars

On Thursday 24th November 2016 at 8pm, BOLDtext Playwrights are stirring things up again at The Door, Birmingham Rep with Behind Bars, three brand new short plays about Prison Reform from Liz John, Nicola Jones and Tim Stimpson, writer of Helen’s trial in The Archers.  The director is the BBC’s Jessica Dromgoole.

Does prison work?  Or is it a revolving door?

We lock up more offenders than any other Western European country, yet UK re-offending rates remain sky high – 60% in Birmingham for those serving sentences under 12 months.  And with under-staffing, over-crowding, spiralling rates of assault, self-harm and suicide, substance misuse and mental illness – what can our prison system realistically achieve?  What are the alternatives?

The plays will be followed by a debate:  Does Prison Work?  with panellists from both sides of the justice system.

Tickets are free but should be booked in advance at Birmingham Rep, then Pay-What-You-Can on the night.  Or you can book at 0121 236 4455.  Come and join the discussion – and have your say!

A great day for drying the washing…

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and for a read through of our first drafts…

DISORDER – Staged readings of 4 exciting new short plays at The REP 8 pm on Monday 26th September

What happens when things in your head aren’t what they’re supposed to be? Or what if they are and it’s everyone else who has the problem?

This autumn BOLDtext Playwrights Stephen Jackson, Vanessa Oakes, Julia Wright and Sayan Kent return to Open Door at The REP on 26th September and focus the dramatic microscope on mental health.

‘14 Across’ by Stephen Jackson
A hoarder’s house is stacked to the rafters – but what lies beneath it all?

‘Mademoiselle F’ by Vanessa Oakes
Mademoiselle F can’t stop thinking about polar bears:
“sometimes to control my thoughts  i stand on one leg… i find holding onto a chair i can stand on one leg for hours… it is exhausting… “

‘Obligation’ by Julia Wright
Ellie reluctantly visits her dad in hospital. She’s not in a forgiving mood but decides to give it a go.

‘Reflection Perfection’ by Sayan Kent
So you fall in love, feels good. In the pool of love. Deeper and deeper until it drowns you.

Tickets are FREE to book and then PAY WHAT YOU CAN on the night (most people think it’s worth at least a fiver!). Tickets should be booked in advance and are available NOW via http://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/event/open-door-autumn-2016/ or call the box office 0121 236 4455