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Two live shows onstage in Birmingham
Birmingham Repertory Theatre is to raise the curtain in May by staging two live shows with local artists. Rosie Kay's Absolute Solo II and Lightpost Theatre's Constructed were both due to be on stage at the theatre last year but were postponed due to lockdown restrictions.
Birmingham-based dancer and choreographer Rosie Kay performs Absolute Solo II, a triple bill, on May 19 including a new work created during lockdown which explores her own journey as a dancer and reflections on the body of an older female performer. The show comes 21 years after Rosie performed her first solo show Absolute Solo at the Edinburgh Festival.
Set on a failing building site, Constructed on May 27-29, turns the spotlight on the culture of working-class black men in Britain and their relationships with each other. When a rare opportunity for promotion arises, the co-workers realise their bonds are much more fragile than thought.
Lightpost Theatre Company originated as part of Shifting the Dial – a programme that aims to improve the mental well-being of young men of African, Caribbean, or mixed African or Caribbean heritage. Shifting the Dial is a collaboration between The Rep, First Class Legacy, Centre for Mental Health and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.
Sean Foley, Artistic Director of The REP said: "It's been almost twelve months since we closed our doors and ceased almost all live performance. It's been an extremely challenging period for all theatres across the country but I'm delighted we can now look forward to welcoming back audiences and artists and am thrilled to announce that now, quite rightly, some of Birmingham's brightest talent will reopen the venue in May."
And he adds: "Both productions will showcase the very best our city has to offer as we all gather together again, the theatre returns to live performance, and The Rep looks forward to celebrating the 50th anniversary of our home in Centenary Square."
In line with current Government regulations, The Rep has introduced a series of safety measures including socially distanced seating, hand sanitising stations, temperature checks and additional cleaning. More information can be found at birmingham-rep.co.uk
Tickets for both shows are on sale now at birmingham-rep.co.uk Customers with tickets for previously scheduled dates for both productions will be contacted by the theatre's box office.