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 listens to young people so now it’s time to make a stand. Can the fiery enthusiasm of youth overcome the cynical politics of today’s Britain? A challenging, acerbic tale of conflicting ambition in the 21st Century.
Liz’s work ‘shone out as a masterpiece of compression’ – LichfieldLive (about ‘Perversion of Science’)
UNFOLLOW ME by Julia Wright
What is the tipping point where obsession becomes truly dangerous? Ayesha, Natalie and Sam have to make the choices which will determine all of their futures. Who is really in charge? Who is losing the fight?
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Come along and catch extracts of these two plays-in-progress at 8pm on Monday 22nd May as part of The REP’s Open Door season. Continue reading
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.
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
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).
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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!
…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 reading our individual SELFIES in the afternoon. More info and booking link at Writers in Warwickshire. See you there!
WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW
with Liz John and Vanessa Oakes
10 am – 1 pm
£15 per person, including morning coffee. Maximum of 15 people so early booking advised!
Drawing on your own life, this workshop will help you to find your voice, hone your writing skills and turn your personal experiences into a story. We aim to inspire and motivate you. Previous participants have thoroughly enjoyed the session. One said, “Great, open atmosphere to be able to express yourself in.” Another commented: “I found it really helpful, thought-provoking, and opened me up to possibilities.”
performed by Stephen Jackson, Liz John and Vanessa Oakes
3 pm – 4 pm includes optional Q&A
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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 can ask the Rep to provide Security,” added Helen brightly.
The others eyed us with more than a glimmer of cynicism. “People’d rather debate football in the bar…” muttered the Doubters.
But we persisted, obsessed with our dream that Eurotrashed would be about MORE than theatre:
“We’ll help people decide how to vote. It will be an EVENT!” I cried.
“It will be TWO EVENTS,” added Helen brightly, reminding us it was on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Doubters blinked. Continue reading