BOLDtext Playwrights’ most recent show, Behind Bars – Ghosts of the Lock Up, went down a storm in Birmingham city centre last month – with sell-out audiences who loved the humorous and heart-wrenching tales we told, as well as the more everyday stories embedded in the WM Police former Lock Up building. It felt like our contrasting voices each captured something different from the space, with wonderful performances to bring them to life. “Emotionally transporting”, ” Very atmospheric – shivers down my spine several times”, and “Really unique experience” were just some of the comments from our many visitors.
And it was a unique experience for us too – we absolutely loved this site-specific work and hope to do more of the same – both at the Lock Up and elsewhere around the region. We just need to decide where – so if you have any suggestions, please do get in touch.
Our thanks to Arts Council England and Sir Barry Jackson Trust for their support with this project, and of course everyone at the proposed WM Police Museum who made us feel so welcome.
In the meantime, BOLDtext is working on another night of political shorts at Birmingham Rep on Monday 28 January 2019, so watch this space.
BOLDtext’s very own STEPHEN JACKSON (aka Ted Pigeon) has a fab new show previewing at Hall Green Little Theatre this Saturday and Sunday 2-3 June 7.30pm. It’s called The Bingo Caller – and the box office opens at 7pm. All tickets £10 pay on the night…. http://hglt.co.uk/bingo.htm
….before the show moves to Soho Theatre next week on Thursday 7 till Saturday 9 June at 7pm. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/the-bingo-caller/
Welcome to the Binley-on-Sea Caravan Park and Social Club, where Buster Bingham is calling his last game of bingo. After 23 years, he has been sacked – and the audience play bingo as Buster crumbles on stage.
The Bingo Caller is back by popular demand, having premiered at HGLT in 2013 starring Marcus Hendry. Writer Stephen Jackson is the Winner of The West End Wilma Award for Best Comedy 2017 and The Verity Bargate Award 2015.
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.