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The door is open and everyone is welcome once more at the REP


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The Rep have announced the first four productions to play in the city centre theatre’s most intimate venue, The Door, since closing 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 (2-5 Mar) and LAVA (13-14 May). 

Alongside those, Black Is The Color Of My Voice (28-29 Mar) is inspired by the life of Nina Simone, featuring many of her most iconic songs performed live. Apphia Campbell’s acclaimed play follows a successful singer and civil rights activist as she seeks redemption after the untimely death of her father. The final production of the set 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.

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. 

Miss Kludge commented: “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.  

These newly announced productions are joined by comedian Sukh Ojla’s Life Sukhs (18 Feb) and Grimeboy (14-18 Apr), the unmissable new play from Casey Bailey, the Birmingham Poet Laureate and winner of the Greater Birmingham Future Face of Arts and Culture 2020, directed by The Rep’s Associate Director Madeleine Kludje with set design by Ebrahim Nazier.  

Priority booking begins from today. Tickets go on general sale from Tue 18 Jan, visit Birmingham-rep.co.uk or call 0121 236 4455.

 For bookings with access requirements or any other queries, please email [email protected]


Written by: David Watkins

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