Bringing Theatre To The High Streets, Cafes And Church Halls Of Birmingham
For 30 years The REP has commissioned and produced a new play with the specific purposes of touring it to local community settings. Supported by the Sir Barry Jackson Trust, founder of The REP and a true supporter of new work and new talent, this year's community tour is the highly-anticipated new play from Birmingham-born writer and performer, Steven Camden.
I Knew You receives its World Première at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 29 September to 7 October followed by a tour to fifteen libraries, community halls, residential settings and cafés across Birmingham.
Steven's play looks at family dynamics and asks if we can really escape from our past. He says:
“Everything I write is about family, whether blood or chosen. The dynamics between those people closest to each other are the ones that fascinate me. I am very interested in what the passage of time does to perceptions and opinions. How the lens through which we view what happens changes over time and what that means for us when we are forced to address it.
“I Knew You was born out of me thinking about that in relation to parenthood, duty and absence. What happens to the space that remains when a person leaves? And what happens if they come back?”
Featuring three Birmingham actors, Lorna Laidlaw, Roderick Smith and Brenton Hamilton, I Knew You tours throughout October to the following venues:
Centrala Art Gallery
Wednesday 11 October, 7pm
Tickets 0121 439 3050
Unit 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5RT
Bleakhouse Library, Oldbury
Thursday 12 October, 7pm
Tickets 0121 422 2798
Bleakhouse Rd, Oldbury B68 9DS
The Old Print Works, Balsall Heath
Saturday 14 October, 7.30pm
498-506 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, B12 9AH
St Barnabas Church, Erdington
Tuesday 17 October, 7.15pm
Tickets Harbour Café email@example.com
St Barnabas Church Centre, High Street, Erdington, Birmingham B23 6SY
Sandwell Central Library
Wednesday 18 October, 7pm
Tickets 0121 569 4911
High Street, West Bromwich B70 8DZ
Erdington Welcome Café
Thursday 19 October, 7pm
Tickets 0121 382 2568
109 High St, Birmingham B23 6SA
Northfield Community Hub
Saturday 21 October, 6pm
Tickets 07977 238184
*Please note this venue has changed*
Weoley Castle Community Church, 115 Quarry Road, Weoley Castle, Birmingham B29 5LE
Oikos Café, Erdington
Monday 23 October, 7.30pm
Tickets 0121 663 1441
58 High St, Birmingham B23 6RH
All Saints Community Centre, Kings Heath
Friday 27 October, 2.30pm & Saturday 28 October, 6.30pm
Tickets 0121 443 4579 firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Vicarage Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7RA
There will also be private performances of I Knew You at the John Taylor Hospice, Erdington; Kingstanding Food Community Centre; Four Dwellings Academy, Quinton; Hagley Road Care Village; Pannel Croft Retirement Village, Newtown and University of Worcester.
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