OPEN DOOR at Birmingham Repertory Theatre is a season of new work and works-in-progress from regional playwrights.

During the 2014 Spring/Summer season, we had three fabulous nights at Birmingham Repertory Theatre presenting our work-in-progress to a packed out audience in The Door.

Rep Night One featured hard-hitting contemporary drama from Sayan Kent (The Predator), an innovative stage adaptation of a WWI diary by Vanessa Oakes (A Diary without Dates), and a thought-provoking political piece from Tim Stimpson called Liberal Guilt.

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At Rep Night Two, we enjoyed a
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called Roller Diner from Stephen Jackson and a dark and intimate drama about post-natal depression called Post by Helen Kelly.

Our third and final night, Rep Night Three, featured two contrasting family dramas – Friday AfternoonsIMGP0537 from Liz John (directed by Janice Connolly) and Never Let Me Down by Julia Wright (directed by Ali Belbin).

As well as helping to develop some exciting new stageplays, our Open Door programme has also showcased the considerable talents of Midland actors and directors.  Their input was greatly appreciated by BOLDtext playwrights and by our enthusiastic audience.

Our three Rep Nights were funded by Arts Council England.

In the Autumn 2014 season of Open Doors at The Rep, we presented Selfies and More Selfies – a series of self-portraits exposing what it’s really like to be a working playwright in the Midlands today.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

For once, we were the ones on stage, engaging directly with our audience as we presented our own monologues.  The results, like all good selfies, were entertaining, diverse, occasionally comedic – and sometimes downright bizarre!

These shows were curated by Vanessa Oakes for BOLDtext Playwrights and will tour to literary festivals in 2015/16.

Please do get in touch if you’d like to discuss us bringing a selection of our Selfies to a festival/event near you.