LIGHTS CAMERA ACTION: The Curtains set to rise again at Birmingham Repertory Theatre
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Birmingham Repertory Theatre has become the first major venue in Birmingham to announce the return of live performances this Summer!
Two productions which were postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis will finally take to the stage from Wednesday 19th May!
Rosie Kay's 'Absolute Solo II' and Lightpost Theatre Company's ' Constructed' are both created and performed by Birmingham artists.
About the performances:
- Rosie Kay's 'Absolute Solo II'
'21 years on from her first ever solo show, 'Absolute Solo', which she performed in the 1999 Edinburgh Festival, and five years since last appearing on stage herself, Kay returns with Absolute Solo II - works that look backwards and forwards at her personal experience as a female in dance. The triple bill includes a new work created on her-self during lockdown which explores the notion that now, as an older dancing female, she has something to say about the female body and the experience of being female and being on stage'.
- Lightpost Theatre Company's 'Constructed'
Constructed explores the culture of working-class black men in Britain. Set on a failing construction site, a group of labourers seek to better themselves but hierarchy and social circumstance forces them to stick to the job at hand. When a rare opportunity for promotion arises, fragmented relationships born out of frustration threaten to break apart the brotherhood of co-workers. This new play seeks to dig deeper behind the workplace banter of a construction site, exploring the challenges that face working class manual workers both on site and at home. Constructed is directed by CJ Lloyd Webley and Mathias André.
Sean Foley, Artistic Director of The REP said; “It's been almost twelve months since we closed our doors and ceasedlive performance. We were lucky enough to reopen briefly in October with Birmingham Royal Ballet's Lazuli Skybefore being closed once again due to local lockdowns and moving our production of The Nutcracker at The REP online in the first stream to come out of our theatre.
"It's been an extremely challenging period for theatres across the country, including The REP, but we are now looking forward to welcoming back audiences and artists.
“Now, quite rightly, Birmingham's brightest talent will reopen the venue as acclaimed choreographer and dancer Rosie Kay premieres Absolute Solo II on 19 May. The week after, Lightpost Theatre Company, a company of young black men between the ages of 16-26 from across Birmingham and the West Midlands supported by The REP, will premiere their brand-new production, Constructed. Both will showcase the very best our city has to offer as we look forward to a brighter future and more exciting announcements as we approach the 50th anniversary season of our home in Centenary Square.”
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