After its DOUBLED UP reading at The REP last year, BOLDtext’s Vanessa Oakes is previewing her new play ALL IS WELL in Coventry and Birmingham this May.
aleks told me that you can smell fear… people sweat it out bit by bit and then other people smell the fear and they start to sweat… and so the fear spreads… person to person…
ALL IS WELL is at times poetic, funny and devastatingly fierce in its appraisal of the true cost of nuclear power.
Thur 4, Fri 5 & Sat 6 May 7.30 pm (6 May also 2.30 pm)
Tickets £8 (£6)
Shop Front Theatre, Coventry, CV1 3HW
Fri 12 & Sat 13 May 7.30 pm
Tickets £10 (£8)
Midland Arts Centre Foyle Studio, Birmingham, B12 9QH
Plus post-show talks on Thur 4 & Fri 12 May
A stunning evocation of the long term aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, ALL IS WELL tells the story of Aleks, Stefan and Nina as they struggle to trust one another again while living with the fear of the invisible radiation.
On Radunitsa, the day of remembrance for the dead, the forest is once again filled with people as they return to visit their family graves. But Anna and Blackbird have other ideas to keep the day trippers and tourists away for good.
Written by Vanessa Oakes
Directed by Mark Evans
Designed by Nancy Surman
Puppetry by Joff Chafer
ALL IS WELL is supported by The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry University Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and using public funds from The National Lottery through Arts Council England.
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!
STEP ONE: Book your ticket/s NOW before they all go (it’s FREE to book) http://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/event/open-door-autumn-2016/
STEP TWO: Sit back, relax and enjoy the show (say cheese!)
STEP THREE: Pay What You Can (on exit) Liz has a handy bucket. All the money collected helps to continue our work. Ta!