This season at The Old Rep Theatre

The Old Rep is a theatre run by and for young people offering a year-round programme of performances, workshops and creative projects.  See what's on below:

Beauty For Ashes - Get your tickets here

7:00pm, 16th September
Tickets: Adults £10, Concession £8
Beauty for Ashes is a Comedy/Drama play presented by Creative Mouthpiece; A company that uses theatre to educate and empower. This play is about a mother and son who have a difficult relationship. Jason's mum is a woman who believes in the power of prayer and the important impact it has on shaping her sons destiny. Like many of us Jason has a number of life changing decisions to make. During this time you will see how an unlikely friendship with his Auntie Della from Jamaica brings a lot of humour to the play with her exaggerated character. In this play we will witness how the decisions Jason makes affects his life and those close to him, and how the different dimensions of relationships including the one with his girlfriend Hazel bring this production to a must see conclusion.

Danny Bhoy: Make Something Great Again For Stronger Better Future Tomorrow Together - Get your tickets here

8:00pm, 30th September
Tickets: All tickets £15
Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy embarks on his maiden tour of his brand-new show this autumn in selected theatres throughout the UK. Don't miss this internationally renowned and critically acclaimed comedian who regularly sells out tours all over the world with his unique brand of observational story telling. 'He creates a remarkable intimacy with his audience. A must see.' The Age, Australia. 'His routines have the mark of those which are quoted from for years to come.' The Herald, UK. 'This is a show you could see time and time again. Exceptional.' The Sunday Mail, Australia.

Loaded - Get your tickets here

Event times: 2:00pm & 7:30pm, 5th October
Tickets: Adults £12, Concession/Child £8, Schools/Groups £8
Gravity shapes us. From birth to death, what bodies can do is bound by what they weigh. Violent, lyrical and thought provoking, this new dance-theatre work combines texts ranging from ancient literature to modern science and an evocative original sound score to explore how bodies and structures learn to bear loads “or fall apart“ and what happens when we face the limits of our strength. *School groups will receive a set of five digital resource packs aimed at KS3 & KS4 physics students exploring topics including motion and forces. Q&A Thursday 5th 7:30pm - Q&A with the creative team discussing the devising process behind Loaded Friday 6th 2pm - Q&A with director Sinead Rushe and Physics and scientific advisor Vijay Tyms (Imperial College, winner of Faculty of Natural Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching)

Phill Jupitus: Juplicity - Get your tickets here

8:00pm, 7th October
Tickets: All tickets £15
Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man smashes laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it. Phill became a familiar face when he started as team captain on BBC2's pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks in 1996, which went on to run for 19 years. Aside from Never Mind the Buzzcocks and live stand up shows all over the UK, he also appears as a regular guest on QI (BBC2) and Alan Davies As yet Untitled (Dave), and in 2012 returned to television stand-up for the first time since 2000 with an appearance on Live at the Apollo (BBC One). On BBC Radio 4 Phill is a regular panellist of the award winning I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and The Unbelievable Truth and was resident curator on The Museum of Curiosity. In addition, he has presented numerous radio documentaries including, Phill Jupitus' Comic Strips, Calvin and Hobbes and The Man Who Bought Hendrix's Stage. Phill toured the UK and Ireland with the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 2016 starring as Baron Bomburst / Lord Scrumptious and he played Bottom in the Bath Theatre Royal production of A Midsummer's Night Dream in August. His other theatre work includes appearing alongside Jason Manford in the UK touring production of The Producers as Franz Liebkind Adult themes and situations, but delivered childishly. "a true comic talent" Manchester Evening News "A talented focused wordsmith" Fest.

Barbara Nice: Raffle - Get your tickets here

7:00pm, 8th October
Adults £12, Concession £10
Join the Edinburgh Fringe's favourite housewife Barbara Nice for an evening of proper good fun. Entrance price includes a complimentary raffle ticket! Catch Barbara Nice as she sets out to be all-conquering after her four-part BBC Radio 2 sitcom broadcast in March 2017. Better still, experience this critically acclaimed tip-top character comedy live - from 'Phoenix Nights' actress and comedian Janice Connolly. A playful life-affirming show for all the family including the chance to win a prize off Barbara's table. With her enviable track record of garnering five star reviews and sell-out shows, Barbara will put a smile on your face and a spring in your step with this new show about chance and luck.

Private Peaceful - Get your tickets here

7:30pm, 14th October
All tickets £12
The National Production Company Ltd brings to the stage Michael Morpurgo's classic tale of Private Peaceful, adapted by Simon Reade. As moving as the poetry of Wilfred Owen and as painfully memorable as white-hot shrapnel, comes a new adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's classic wartime tale. Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaits the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back over his life and the senseless war that has brought him here Event Times 7:30pm with 1:30pm matinee on Wednesday 11th and Saturday 14th.

 Midland Opera: Norma by Bellini - Get your tickets here

7:15pm, 18th - 21st October
Adults £15, Concession £7.50
Midland Opera present their new production of Bellini's masterpiece Norma, a heart-wrenching story of love and honour. Premiered in Milan in 1831, Norma is best known for its celebrated payer Casta Diva and boasts one of the most demanding soprano parts in the operatic repertoire. Made famous by such legendary singers as Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland and Montserrat Caball', this is the first staging of Bellini's Norma by Midland Opera in their 70 year history and will be sung in English by their talented company of local performers. Set in Ancient Gaul during the Roman occupation, Norma tells the tale of two druid priestesses torn between their sacred duty and their love for the same man, the leader of the hated army of oppression.

64 Zoo Lane - Get your tickets here

11:00am & 1:00pm, 25th - 29th October
All tickets £12
64 Zoo Lane is a brand new family friendly musical based on the award winning children's television series of the same name. Join all your loveable favourite characters like Georgina the Giraffe, Nelson the Elephant, Molly the Hippopotamus, Giggles & Tickles and not forgetting the star of the show, Lucy. With catchy songs, puppets and loads of fun, 64 Zoo Lane is a perfect introduction to theatre for children aged 3 and up.

Stephen K Amos: Bread and Circuses - Get your tickets here

8:00pm, 4th November
All tickets £17.50
Brexit. Trump. No more Mary Berry on the Great British Bake Off. Things are looking bleak, so wouldn't it be better to just forget all about it? Comic maestro Stephen K Amos might not be able to provide bread to the hungry masses, but no one else is going to put on a better circus. Leave your problems behind for the evening in the company of the 'effusively charming' Amos and who knows? Maybe the world will seem just a little bit brighter. After all, when Ancient Rome needed to distract itself from politics, a few solutions were suggested, but none hit the spot quite like the simple idea of giving the people cheap food and plentiful entertainment 'panem et circenses' or 'bread and circuses'. Our circuses might no longer involve gladiator fights to the death, but the same principle applies. Modern politics is a confusing mess, so no one can blame you for giving it a miss in favour of a night of laughs. 'Deliciously deft' 'we roared at ad-libbing that was first rate throughout' 'you'll leave the show smiling' The Times. 'The feel good comedy of a true stand-up legend' Perth Now. 'Laughs came thick and fast throughout, don't miss it' The Age Melbourne. 'A note perfect hour' Metro.

Aladdin - Get your tickets here

7:30pm, 9th - 11th November
Early Bird Offer £11 (Ends October 31)
Birmingham Youth Theatre celebrate their 30th Anniversary with a fun-filled pantomime for all the family. Directed by two talented past members, this age old story of bravery and friendship is brought to life on stage by this award-winning company. Packed full of popular songs and plenty of jokes, join us on a magical adventure as our hero tries to win the heart of the beautiful Princess Jasmine. Event Times 7:30pm with matinee at 2:30pm on Saturday 11.

Alice In Wonderland - Get your tickets here

20th - 30th November
Adults £16.50, Concession/Child £13.80, Family (admits 4) £55.20, Schools/Groups £9.60
Join us on a magical adventure through a rabbit hole and into Wonderland! This modern adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic tale follows Alice on her journey through the enchanted and extraordinary Wonderland, meeting many peculiar characters along the way. From intriguing white rabbits, bizarre riddles, mad tea parties and dangerous encounters with the Queen of Hearts, will Alice ever find her way home? Join the journey this Christmas but remember don't be late for a very important date! For more info and tickets, click here


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