Curtain goes up again at Birmingham REP

Published: 10 March 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Back on stage: Rosie Kay with Absolute Solo II Credit: Ian Wallman
“Challenges facing working-class men”: Constructed Credit: Kris Askey

Birmingham REP has become the first major venue in the city to announce the return of live performances and will stage two premières created and performed by Birmingham artists.

Choreographer and dancer Rosie Kay will present Absolute Solo II on Wednesday 19 May. It will be followed by Constructed by Lightpost Theatre, a company of black men between the ages of 16 and 26 from across the West Midlands, from Thursday 27 until Saturday 29 May.

The REP’s artistic director Sean Foley said, "it's been almost 12 months since we closed our doors and ceased almost all live performance. I'm delighted we can now look forward to welcoming back audiences and artists, and I’m thrilled to announce that now, quite rightly, some of Birmingham's brightest talent will reopen the venue in May.”

Six years since last appearing on stage, Kay returns with Absolute Solo II which looks backwards and forwards at her personal experience as a female in dance.

Constructed is a new play that tries to dig deeper behind the workplace banter of a construction site, exploring the challenges that face working-class men both on site and at home. It is directed by Mathias André and C J Lloyd Webley who also wrote it.