Enough said!

“I had a great time on Sunday @BhamWeekender checking out the @Bold_Text across #Digbeth with their brilliant promenade piece called Follow Me“ “Well the #BirminghamWeekender was a little different this year, my highlight was today’s Follow Me from the super talented folk that make up @Bold_Text Thank you for such an entertaining walk & talk!Continue reading “Enough said!”

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FOLLOW ME

Don’t miss BOLDtext Playwrights’ latest endeavour, Follow Me, on Sunday 6th October starting at 2pm at Digbeth Coach Station, as part of the wonderful Birmingham Weekender. Join us on a sometimes giddy, often unhygienic and always revealing walking tour of Digbeth’s hidden history: the one that exists in our heads.  En route you’ll be guided throughContinue reading “FOLLOW ME”

“An arresting production full of realism and injustice”

Our latest show Behind Bars: Ghosts of the Lock-Up recently closed after captivating sell-out audiences over the course of twelve successful shows. Don’t just take our word for it. Read Steve Orme’s review in the British Theatre Guide: Bold Text Playwrights is a group of eight professional writers from the West Midlands whose aim is toContinue reading ““An arresting production full of realism and injustice””

Tim and Corinne meet Sunny and Shay!

We were delighted to be invited to appear on the Sunny and Shay show on BBC Radio WM to talk about our show Behind Bars: Ghosts of the Lock-Up. BOLDtext member and director Tim Stimpson joined Corinne Brazier from the West Midlands Police Museum to chat about how the production came about, some of the characters andContinue reading “Tim and Corinne meet Sunny and Shay!”

Banged Up by Stephen Jackson

I’ve been banged up, locked up… I’m spending the week in prison. Some might say it was only a matter of time and no more than I deserve. Just throw away the key and leave me to rot. But I haven’t been convicted of any crime. I’m here in Birmingham Central Lock Up working onContinue reading “Banged Up by Stephen Jackson”

Eight Become One

It started with a place. The Birmingham Lock-Up on Steelhouse Lane. It started with the Birmingham Police Records and the plans of Boldtext Playwrights and of Corinne Brazier and Steve Rice from the police museum to create a new piece of theatre to reflect some of the history of the Birmingham Lock-Up. As the 8Continue reading “Eight Become One”

Your Ugly Mug

Before cameras came along, police had to rely on an artist’s impression or their own memory to identify a suspected offender.  ‘Sitting for a portrait’ involved the entire police watch crowding round the suspect, staring into his/her face to memorise distinctive features for future reference.  That alone would have put many off a life ofContinue reading “Your Ugly Mug”

Back Behind Bars

Following an acclaimed sell-out run last year, I’m delighted to announce that Behind Bars: Ghosts of the Lock-Up is returning to the infamous Birmingham jail this July. Not only that, but our very own Tim Stimpson will be taking over directing duties from the wonderful Jo Gleave. It’s the first time all eight Bold Text playwrights have collaborated on aContinue reading “Back Behind Bars”

Sentence complete

BOLDtext’s first all-female Open Door – three writers, two actors and a director – arrived at The REP stage door on a frosty January morning, tasked with producing an evening of thoughtful and engaging theatre in a single day.  We knew from previous shows that we had an intense and demanding ten hours ahead ofContinue reading “Sentence complete”

Sentencing for the Future

BOLDtext Playwrights are delighted to announce the panel for their audience discussion, ‘Sentencing for the Future’, which follows their latest show, The Sentence, three brand new short plays at Birmingham REP on Monday 28 January 8pm. Paying the Price by Liz JohnA disgraced surgeon awaits sentencing, when a young solicitor arrives with unexpected news. Offences Against theContinue reading “Sentencing for the Future”