BOLDtext celebrate Elvis’s birthday

Genius born in poverty; prodigal of the Mississippi Delta; adult suitor  to a love-struck teen… January 8th 2018 would have been Elvis’s 83rd birthday and to mark the day BOLDtext are presenting three short script-in-hand plays as part of the regular ‘Open Door’ season at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Written by Julia Wright, Helen KellyContinue reading “BOLDtext celebrate Elvis’s birthday”

Faking it at the Birmingham Rep

Your news is fake. Mine is REAL. Your truth, your reality, your version of the world is wrong. Because mine is RIGHT. Isn’t it…? BOLDtext return for another season of Open Door at the Birmingham Rep with Fake Times – four short plays that ponder how to get real and counter today’s culture of lies. The OfferContinue reading “Faking it at the Birmingham Rep”

Doubled Up 3

For our 17th night at the Door –  yes that’s right, 17th – Boldtext Playwrights presented their third Doubled Up evening. These are occasional evenings where two of our playwrights showcase longer extracts from work in progress to help with the development process of full length plays. This is invaluable for the writers, as itContinue reading “Doubled Up 3”


Bold Text Playwrights return to The REP on Monday 22 May 2017 with Doubled Up –  two plays-in-progress from BOLDtext writers Liz John and Julia Wright. WORLD WAR 3    by Liz John Zoe is fighting for the planet.  James yearns for a career.  Kat needs her sister to be ok.   Ella just wants it all.   But no-one listensContinue reading “DOUBLED UP 3”

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 ChristmasContinue reading “Insatiable – January 9th”

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 showContinue reading “Here’s to 2017”


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 andContinue reading “Insatiable”

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 aContinue reading “Behind Bars”

SELFIES is back!

…on Saturday 25 June at Astley Castle, North Warwickshire Join our very own comic surrealist Stephen Jackson, BBC Doctors writer Liz John and Coventry playwright Vanessa Oakes in the grand surroundings of Astley Castle as part of the Writers in Warwickshire Festival 2016.  Following our popular Write What You Know workshop in the morning, we will be readingContinue reading “SELFIES is back!”

To stay or not to stay?

BOLDtext Playwrights took on the complicated issue of Brexit in our two-part show, Eurotrashed, at Birmingham Repertory Theatre last week, funded by Arts Council England. My fellow curator Helen Kelly and I insisted on the added excitement of some Post-Show Debates. “Let’s get people debating the issues,” I cried. “There might be a fight!” “We canContinue reading “To stay or not to stay?”