Naseem is the proud new owner of the African Queen Beauty Salon. Determined to make a success of the business, she delays locking up her shop one night for a final appointment, but the customer – an unruly teenager – wants more from Naseem than a haircut.

In the offices of Tabs Cabs, radio operator Grace is one of the first to hear about the violence spreading through the neighbourhood. Alone in the taxi firm’s office, behind a door that doesn’t lock, Grace just wants to remain unnoticed until things calm down. Then a man walks in and demands a hammer…

These Four Streets tells the stories of over 30 characters living and working in an inner city area. It is a collaboration between six young female writers, inspired by their own meetings and interviews with dozens of local people who were connected to or affected by the Lozells disturbances of October 2005, where the rumour of a rape sparked disorder leading to a man’s death, widespread damage and a fracture between two communities that had previously appeared to be living happily alongside one another.

The play explores the power of rumour and what it feels like to live in a place that everybody else has given up on. It is the story of a divided community and of the people brave enough to reach across that divide.

Commissioned by The REP, this production, supported by the Sir Barry Jackson Trust, will also tour regionally.

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I can't wait to watch this play, I know it will be very interesting as the Riots affected loads of people including myself. I spend a lot of my young childhood in Lozells as i went to Lozells Primary school and was a little upset when I realised what was going on in the area. Hope it will be a fantastic performance and good luck!

would love to take my teenagers to see this play as i was bought up in Handsworth and experienced the Handsworth riots.

Went to see this 14th february,I love the 'close up and personal' aspect of the door theatre, the play itself was well written and well acted out. Actors and actresses worked tirelessly to keep us entertained and kept us gripped as to what was going to happen next, I give the actors and writers 5 stars for this performance, well done the rep , more of this type of play please.

Went to see this play tonight. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much. I'd gone because a friend invited me and I'm not a regular theatre goer by any means. Plus it was my first trip to The Door.

I really enjoyed the performance. Walked to the train station smiling. It was funny and moving and the quality of each individual performance was really high.


I loved these four streets and would highly recommend it.

Thought provoking, moving and surprisingly funny at times

An exceptional performance! Go and see it!! =]

Took my teenage daughter to see this production, and how glad I am. The characters so familiar and well formed, and the players did an amazing job bringing them to life. We laughed, cried, and thought. Go see.

I am very much looking forward to seeing this play. There are some fine actors involved particularly Inam Mirza who is creating quite a buzz following his performances in the recent BBC Radio 4 season.

More of this type of theatre please! Real emotional rollercoaster and plenty of room for discussion about points of views raised. Hope many teens and young adults get chance to see this. Hope people in the direct and surrounding area are encouraged to go and see it. Have recommended it to family and friends. Hats off to all involved!

Saw this on Tuesday the 17th: absolutely excellent. Well done to all involved.

Went to see this play on Saturday. The actors were very versatile and you believed totally in the character that they portrayed. Well done to everyone, superb writing, superb acting.

Going to see it on Friday night and really looking forward to it. It has had very good reviews and people i've spoken to who have seen it say that the acting is superb!

Can't wait.


Having lived in lozells and taught in lozells i was very interested to see how the play dealt with the events surrounding the riots. I thought that the characterisations were brilliant, totally believable I've met them all before. The students i took to see the production were totally absorbed even though they had no real understanding of the tensions that were underlying the community at the time. The only thing i felt might have been worked on was making some aspects of the storyline clearer. At times it was difficult to follow what had happened to certain characters. This was a minor problem in what was otherwise a great peice of thought provoking theatre.

This is a fantastic production with a strong cast. A special mention must go to Lorna Laidlaw who was outstanding.

It was fantastic i would definately recommend this.

I saw this at the Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton. An excellent production, it is thought-provoking and entertaining at the same time. The cast really brought the characters to life, and showed just how easily tensions can explode. Well done.

this play is the best play ive ever seen
it was amazing
i would definatly reccomend it