Birmingham Repertory Theatre announce the commissioning of 12 new plays

Birmingham Repertory Theatre has announced 12 new commissions - The Park Bench Plays – a series of micro-plays that illuminate, interrogate and even celebrate today’s socially distanced world.

Brainchild of The REP's Artistic Director, Sean Foley, this series of brand-new commissions will bring together the work of some of UK theatre’s biggest writing talents and comedians alongside emerging playwrights to create a suite of new plays.

Made possible thanks to the generous support of The Sir Barry Jackson Trust, these new plays by The REP feature some of the UK’s biggest writing talents amongst emerging playwrights including; Janice Connolly (Mrs Barbara Nice), Rachel De-Lahay (The Westbridge/Circles), Sabiha Mank (The REP Discovery Artist), Frank Skinner (The Frank Skinner Radio Show) and Jack Thorne (His Dark Materials/Harry Potter And The Cursed Child).

The ten-minute-long plays have been written to be performed in pop-up locations throughout Birmingham - at bus stations, community centers, parks, public squares, foyers and train stations – surprising and delighting commuters, shoppers, residents and others going about their daily business in the city and its environs.

The series of plays will be directed by The REP’s Artistic Director, Sean Foley, Deputy Artistic Director, Amit Sharma and Associate Director, Madeleine Kludje. The REP’s Artistic Director, double Olivier Award-winning Sean Foley, said:

“The Park Bench Plays will bring together the work of some of the UK’s biggest writing talents for an exciting and diverse collection of micro-plays.

“Considering the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our industry, we at The REP feel it is important to continue to employ artists and create work for audiences.

“From comic to serious, tragic to hysterical, this collection of two-hander plays take ordinary and everyday conversations and make them extraordinary and timeless – they all have a sense of fun and provide a living snapshot of our socially distanced, somewhat disturbed world.

“We look forward to sharing this extraordinary collection of works with audiences when the time is right to do so in the future and to continuing working with this wonderfully eclectic set of writers.”

The Park Bench Plays were to have had their first outing during October, but local restrictions coupled with the new national restrictions have made that impossible. As soon as it is safe to resume outdoor performances, The Park Bench Plays will be put into production to then begin their pop-up tour around the city. 

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