Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Never had it Soweto so good

With the grand re-opening of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre taking place in just over a week's time, welovebearwood have linked up with the theatre to offer you the chance to win tickets to the first production in their brand new STUDIO.

We're really excited about this as it's the world premiere of Soweto Kinch's new masterpiece, The Legend of Mike Smith.  Soweto was good pals with the late great Andy Hamilton and has performed many times at the Silvershine Jazz Club (aka Bearwood Jazz). 

Act One Lasted 100 Years, Act Two Starts Tuesday 3 September

After celebrating its centenary in Spring, Birmingham Repertory Theatre re-opens to the public this September with a new 300-seat studio theatre created through partnership with the new Library of Birmingham.

With an incredible season of entertainment for you, the first production in their new theatre, The STUDIO, will be the world premiere of The Legend of Mike Smith, written by and starring the Birmingham born MOBO award-winning musician Soweto Kinch. Be taken on a journey through the seven deadly sins, with jazz improvisation, a driving hip hop score and choreography from a pioneer of British Hip Hop culture, Jonzi D.

A world premiere is also the first production in The DOOR as one of the most exciting young poets and writers working in Britain today, Kate Tempest, presents her new play Hopelessly Devoted. Telling the story of music and its redemptive power, the show combines lyrical fireworks with exhilarating live music.

In his first stage role at The REP, Martin Shaw returns to his home city to play the lead role in a new version of Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men and Collective Artistes present Zhe, a show based on the true-life stories of two British Africans living at the crossroads of culture.

For Christmas, Bryony Lavery and Jason Carr’s adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol returns to The REP in a new staging. Plus, twenty years after its debut flight, The Snowman soars back to its Birmingham home.

The REP’s artistic director Roxana Silbert says of the re-opening season:

“This is an historic occasion and I’m thrilled that we are back home. We’re re-opening the theatre with an exhilarating season of classics, new work, great hits, fantastic names, an extraordinary range of local talent and some brilliant collaborative and contemporary theatre making.

We’re heralding a new beginning and we can’t wait to welcome audiences through our doors”

To find out more, visit the REP's website right here.

To celebrate the re-opening of The REP and the opening of the new theatre space The STUDIO, The REP is offering the chance for 3 lucky welovebearwood readers to win a pair of tickets to Soweto Kinch’s exhilarating new show The Legend of Mike Smith on Tuesday 24 September at 7.45pm.

To be in with a chance of winning, please answer the question below and email your answer to welovebearwood@googlemail.com by Monday 2nd September.  The three winners will be chosen randomly and notified by email.  Good Luck! 

Who is the choreographer for The Legend of Mike Smith?

a) Jonzi B

b) Jonzi D

c) Jonzi E

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