Minted

Birmingham was riddled with forgers in the late eighteenth century. Some were so cocky that they even advertised on street signs.   Copper coins were in short supply. They were made by hand presses and so easy to forge that The Royal Mint didn’t bother making them. Its own study revealed that 92% of halfpennies wereContinue reading “Minted”

Life is complicated

Like life, writing is about decisions and dilemmas. Especially when writing about characters from history. What do we know? Who were they really? Do the characters have to speak in ye olde worlde language…? James Watt undoubtedly is remembered for his extraordinary inventions. Mainly his steam engine, which he came to invent after trying toContinue reading “Life is complicated”

Its rightful place in the world

I love writing but sometimes I wonder if I love the research for my writing more… Erasmus Darwin or Mr Enlightenment (1731-1802) was a complete joy to discover – what a mind! A founding member of the Lunar Society, Erasmus was a larger-than-life polymath, a doctor, inventor and published poet. The trouble was, it wasContinue reading “Its rightful place in the world”

I love what I do

Introducing our brilliant stage manager Lauren Wood. Lauren graduated from the Birmingham School of Acting in Stage Management and has been working in the industry for over 4 years. Lauren has worked across many Birmingham theatres working on various productions ranging from Musicals, Opera, Plays and Pantomime productions. Before the Covid-19 Pandemic, Lauren was anContinue reading “I love what I do”

Too many crumbs

When we started discussing Power of Invention, I knew I wanted to write a female character but as the Lunar Society didn’t allow women to join, or even take part in their meetings, I knew it was probably going to be a tough call. I then read about 18th century scientist LADY CATHERINE WRIGHT who’dContinue reading “Too many crumbs”

Power of Invention cast announced!

We are delighted to introduce our wonderful all female cast for Power of Invention. Come on down to Soho House and meet Birmingham’s famous Lunar Society – some of the greatest thinkers in history… Adaya Henry Adaya is an actor, Spoken word artist, facilitator and proud Brummie. In 2018 she went viral with a poemContinue reading “Power of Invention cast announced!”

The wheel of history

In 1804, Yorkshireman JOSEPH PRIESTLEY died in Northumberland… Pennsylvania. Of moving to the US, he wrote, “it is now only that I can say I see nothing to fear from the hand of power, the government under which I live being for the first time truly favourable to me.” An unsurprising comment given that heContinue reading “The wheel of history”

Power

MATTHEW BOULTON (1718-1809) was Birmingham’s foremost entrepreneur and industrialist, best known for his partnership with James Watt in developing steam engine technology, heralding a technological revolution in 18th century England.  In fact, Boulton was far more than this. His combination of engineering know-how, entrepreneurial ambition and an ability to inspire the brightest minds to collaborate,Continue reading “Power”

Fire girl

I knew I wanted to write a servant character who worked for the Boultons at Soho House, for our upcoming new show Power of Invention (July 30th & 31st, August 7th 2021).  But where my Fire Girl came from, I don’t know.  Was it having my chimney swept last autumn; or setting up a makeshift fire pit onContinue reading “Fire girl”

BOLDtext heads to Soho House

On Friday 30th,  Saturday 31st July and Saturday 7th August 2021, BOLDtext Playwrights’ new site-specific & science-specific show, Power of Invention, will be performed at Soho House, the home of Birmingham’s Lunar Society. The show will explore the ground-breaking scientific advances inspired during the society’s full-moon meetings towards the end of the 18th century.   CentredContinue reading “BOLDtext heads to Soho House”