Autumn/Winter Season Now On Sale
Our programme of work for Autumn and Winter 2012 is now on sale.
Continuing with an off-site programme while our theatre is closed for redevelopment as part of the new Library of Birmingham, The REP presents an entertaining programme of new, site-specific, classic and family plays in venues as diverse as caravans, a Territorial Army Field Hospital and a Chinese restaurant as well as returning to familiar haunts, The Old Rep and the Crescent theatre.
As British military casualties continue to return from the war in Afganistan, Wounded (30 October to 10 November), an emotional new play by Jenny Stephens tells the tale of two soldiers who fought a century apart coping with the aftermath of trauma. Informed by research into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as military medical practise in modern conflicts and the First World War, this timely and heart-warming play takes place at the Territorial Army Field Hospital in Kings Heath.
Over the last six months, dozens of stories about food have been gathered from across the West Midlands by The REP and Black Country Touring for a new play, Eat! Inspired by stories of war, poverty, celebrations, feasts, famines and fasts Eat! (18-27 October) will be an intimate and unique theatre experience taking place in a cluster of caravans situated in the courtyard of the Roundhouse.
Continuing with the theme of food, Dim Sum Nights (13 – 15 November), the latest production from Yellow Earth Theatre, will bring a whole new meaning to theatre and food. Performed at The Ming Moon, a city centre Chinese restaurant, fresh, bite sized pieces of theatre written by British East Asian writers will be served up with dim sum, tea and a buffet meal for a tasty theatre and dinner experience.
Throughout the Autumn The REP returns once again to its original home The Old Rep theatre to present the latest productions from a range of leading touring companies. Legendary theatre director, Max Stafford-Clark and his company Out of Joint, revisits the true story of the first convict colony in Australia in the Olivier-award winning play, Our Country’s Good (25 – 29 September). Groundbreaking company, Pilot Theatre, present a new gritty adaptation by BAFTA award-winning playwright Roy Williams of Alan Sillitoe’s The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (2 – 6 October) and Ireland’s national theatre company, the Abbey Theatre, comes to the UK with the heartbreaking and historic play The Plough And The Stars (9 – 13 October). The REP’s previously announced production of Forests by the prominent theatre director Calixto Bieito also opens at The Old Rep theatre (31 August – 15 September) as part of the World Shakespeare Festival.
For Christmas, families will be treated to a trip to the riverbank with Alan Bennett’s nostalgic and witty stage adaptation of The Wind In The Willows (28 November to 19 January) at the Crescent Theatre. Directed by Gwenda Hughes and with music and merriment, The Wind In The Willows will keep audiences of all ages entertained and enthralled.