See you in 2019 for ‘The Sentence’

It’s been quite a year for BOLDtext Playwrights with our first ever site-specific show ‘Behind Bars: Ghosts of the Lock-Up’ selling out this autumn. Thank you to everyone who came and gave their support.

Our fascination with crime and punishment continues with The Sentence, three new hard-hitting short plays from some of region’s foremost writers – Liz John, Vanessa Oakes and Julia Wright.

The Sentence 8 pm Monday 28th January 2019 @ The REP

“When a trial ends it sends ripples through a community, but does the sentence fit the crime? Has justice really been done?” asks Coventry-based Vanessa Oakes. “With this show we’re shining a dramatic spotlight on sentencing and exploring the inevitable fallout for everyone affected.”

The evening is a ‘pay what you can on the night’ show (we’ll shake a bucket at you on exit), so tickets are free to book NOW by clicking on the link below, or by calling The REP box office on 0121 236 4455. Our script-in-hand new writing nights often sell out, so it’s best to reserve tickets in advance.

The Sentence is part of The REP’s ‘Open Door’ season, directed by Vicki Duckett and curated by Vanessa Oakes and Julia Wright. The performance will be followed by a short panel discussion.

BOOK TICKETS
THE SENTENCE

Paying the Price by Liz John
A disgraced surgeon awaits sentencing, when a young solicitor arrives with unexpected news.

Offences Against the Person by Vanessa Oakes
Why do sentences sometimes bemuse and enrage the public?

Working Mother by Julia Wright
Karen will soon be leaving prison. Has she learned her lesson? Sophie tries to help her but is it working?

 

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7 hours at Astley Castle in pictures

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Liz and Vanessa arrive at Astley Castle to set up for our ‘Write What You Know Workshop’.

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One of the grander workshop venues we have encountered so far.

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Fingers crossed that the weather holds…

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…because this is our view of the ceiling.

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At tea break we all retired to Astley Reading Rooms for tea/coffee (and cake) and as the rain began to fall we decided to order another round of drinks and continue indoors.

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Lunchtime brought a welcome break in the clouds, and Steve…

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…with his trusty trolley.

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Steve rehearsing Liz (Julia’s understudy).

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The audience start to arrive…

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Waiting for the rain and the thunder to abate so we can finally begin.

We met some lovely people and had a great day (despite the British weather). Thanks for having us!

I loved the relaxed feel of it all and the wealth of knowledge from the workshop leaders.

All elements were perfectly timed. Full of tips and ideas and very laid back. Very helpful.

Given me new enthusiasm for writing my book.

12 hours in Warwick

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Coffee break @ Friends Meeting House

After struggling through rush hour road works (!) and traffic chaos Nicola & Vanessa started the day off with our Write What You Know workshop which is where things immediately started to look up.

Great, open, atmosphere to be able to express yourself in.

Friendly open atmosphere. And prompting exercises that get your mind flowing.

I found it really helpful, thought-provoking, and opened me up to possibilities.

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Nicola @ The Brethrens Kitchen @ Lord Leycester Hospital 

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Selfies @ Warwick Words 1st October 2015

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Four dramatic monologues, read by ourselves, exposing our working practices and influences, as well as exploring how our individual backgrounds have shaped the writers we are today.

In Search of The Unhappy Ending by Liz John

Dark Matters by Nicola Jones

Lowering My Voice by Helen Kelly

The Other Me by Vanessa Oakes

8 pm Lord Leycester Hospital  
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