• Venue

    The Door at Birmingham REP

  • Co-Pilot

    Birmingham REP

  • Date

    18th October 2013

PILOT Nights were delighted to collaborate with The Birmingham Repertory Theatre as part of their Centenary celebrations.

FEATURED THEATRE-MAKERS

Georgina Biggs
The Cadence of Discord

A lyrical portrayal of one woman’s journey to reunite herself in mind and body following a life-unravelling event.

Georgina is a physical theatre performer who was awarded the Artists’ International Development Fund (Arts Council England/British Council) to deliver theatre project My Fatherland. She worked as artist-in-residence at ArtLOKAL Gallery and earlier this year, Georgina established SheWolf; a theatre company exploring the connections between body, voice, landscape and environment. The company is working on Cave Song Symphony in a Miner Key; a performance research project at Wrens Nest Nature Reserve and The Limestone Caverns (Dudley, West Midlands).

Selina Thompson
Dark and Lovely

A piece about black hair and what it tells us about being Black, British and Young in the UK today. Do the changing styles of hair represent the cultural shifts within the community?

Selina is an artist and theatre-maker born and bred in Birmingham. She seeks to create work that is participatory, joyous, based around ideas of change and the marks that this leaves on your environment and on your body. Since graduating last year, she has developed her first Arts Council Commission, a full length theatre show called Chewing the Fat, with support from Bradford’s Theatre in the Mill and West Yorkshire Playhouse – it will be touring throughout 2014.

Joe White
Land’s End

On the day of her father’s funeral, Lily Quick returns to Land’s End with ambiguous intentions. But as the wind changes and a half drowned stranger arrives, Lily must question what is really important to her.

Joe is a playwright from Birmingham, who was attached to The REP as one of six writers on the Foundry programme. Alongside his work with the Foundry, he has been writing with the Royal Court Theatre, on their invited Studio Group. In May his play Only on Sundays won a Notable Contribution to Writing at the Lost Theatre’s One Act Festival. In June, he collaborated with Fat Git Theatre on Specie which was performed at the Pleasance Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, before receiving a London transfer to the New Diorama Theatre at the end of August.

Hannah Graham
Sweet Dreams Jesson Street

Inspired by a true story, Sweet Dreams is about a girl who moves to a small town to be closer to her disabled brother and escapes the banality of life through bedroom musicals and imagined characters.

Hannah is a theatre-maker who developed work on The REP’s Foundry Programme and also collaborates with artists to develop work as Freshold Theatre, where she is director. She is passionate about telling stories through theatre that fuses spoken word and interdisciplinary performance. She recently developed work of this nature combining aerial skills and spoken word for the Sandwell Arts Fest with Freshold. She has developed work for performance at various spoken word venues including Hit the Ode, Speak up, Word Up and has performed a set as a featured artist for Naked Lungs.

Untied Artists
Night Thoughts

A ‘radiophonic’ poem written by David Gascoyne in the 1950s, it details the potential for loneliness in the city.

Untied Artists are a Birmingham-based company led by Jake Oldershaw and Jo Carr. They create diverse, engaging performance in a variety of styles and contexts. Jake is an associate artist with Stans Cafe and his previous work has toured nationally and internationally. Recent projects include: For Their Own Good – Fringe First 2013 award winner and Bitesize commission and The Story of The Four Minute Mile – a site-specific show celebrating Roger Bannister’s record breaking run, with Oxford Playhouse.

VENUE & CO-PILOT

Venue & Co-Pilot: The Birmingham Repertory Theatre

The REP’s mission has always been to produce excellent theatrical experiences, to entertain, enlighten and engage audiences and, wherever possible, to reflect the diversity of Birmingham and the surrounding region. This supports the venue’s vision to ‘inspire the city of Birmingham to a lifelong love of theatre’.

Born into a wealthy merchant grocer’s family in 1879, Barry Jackson founded the amateur Pilgrim Players in 1907 and went on to build an elegant 464-seat Repertory Theatre in Station Street in 1913, now known as The Old REP.

The theatre rapidly became home to one of most famous and exciting repertory theatre companies in the country, reinventing the idea of Shakespeare in modern dress, presenting many world premieres (including George Bernard Shaw’s epic Back to Methuselah in 1923) and launching the careers of an array of great British actors, including Ralph Richardson, Edith Evans and Laurence Olivier.

In 1971 the company moved to Broad Street to a newly built theatre with a stage of epic proportions and a democratic auditorium with no balconies, pillars or boxes. Everyone shares the same space and everyone gets a great view. New generations of artists have launched their careers at the venue and new ideas continue to flourish reflecting changes in the city and the world.

From 2011 to 2013, the theatre underwent redevelopment as part of the Library of Birmingham project. The company moved back to their improved home, following two years presenting shows in other theatres and site-specific spaces across the city, ready for the grand re-opening on 3 September 2013.

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