The Rep’s most intimate theatre space, The Door will welcome back artists and audiences from next month, for the first time since March 2020.
The theatre have announced the first productions to play in the city centre venue’s most intimate venue, The Door, since it closed to live performance due to the global pandemic in March 2020. Each production is a personal exploration of identity and coming of age relevant to the communities which make Birmingham a rich and diverse city.
The series of four productions includes the rescheduling of two performances which were previously cancelled due to the national shut down of theatre spaces in 2020; Yours Sincerely (which now plays between 2-5 March) and LAVA (which runs from 13-14 May).
Launching later this year, The Door will become a dedicated space for artists to develop new work, apply research and development and present scratch performances. This new era for The Door will be led by The Rep’s Associate Director, Madeleine Kludje with more to be announced later this year. Madeleine said:
“It is really encouraging to see live performance returning to our most intimate space after an absence of what will be approaching two years.
"Looking forward, this space will become a place where artists from Birmingham and beyond can develop their craft and their work, a venue where audiences can enjoy and explore emerging work and discover the hit productions of the future and a space that reflects stories of the city.
"More details will be announced later this year and we look forward to further collaborating with artists to fulfil our ambition of making The Door a dedicated space for artists and their work.”
Written and performed by Will Jackson and presented by Quick Duck Theatre, Yours Sincerely is based on real life correspondences. Storytelling and lip-sync cabaret collide in this queer coming-of-age comedy about the complications of 21st-century communication.
Black Is The Color Of My Voice (28-29 March) is inspired by the life of Nina Simone, featuring many of her most iconic songs performed live. It comes to The Door following sell-out seasons in Shanghai, New York, Edinburgh, and the West End. The production is written and directed by Apphia Campbell and performed by Florence Odumosu.
Riot Act (12 May) takes audiences on a wild ride through six decades of queer history. A solo verbatim show, Riot Act is created entirely, word for word, out of interviews with three key-players in the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement; Michael Anthony Nozzi, a survivor of the Stonewall Riots; Lavina Co-op, an alternative ‘70s drag artist; and Paul Burston, ‘90s London AIDS activist.
Finally, from award-winning playwright James Fritz (Four Minutes Twelve Seconds, Parliament Square, Ross & Rachel), LAVA (13-14 May) is a play for the moment: a funny, tender and moving story about friendship and reconnection in the aftermath of catastrophe. Boy meets girl. Boy can’t talk to girl...and a small asteroid has hit the capital city!
These newly announced productions are joined by comedian Sukh Ojla’s Life Sukhs (18 February) and Grimeboy (14-18 April), the unmissable new play from Casey Bailey, the Birmingham Poet Laureate and winner of the Greater Birmingham Future Face of Arts and Culture 2020.
Priority booking is open now and tickets go on general sale from tomorrow. For more information, visit birmingham-rep.co.uk or call 0121 236 4455.
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