We have to admit we have a love/hate relationship with the Number 11 bus. It's great how far you can travel on it and it's very useful when you're going to a gig at the Hare and Hounds but at times some of the passengers you meet are, shall we say politely, interesting!
Inspired by this microcosm of life and stopping off at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 9th to 24th May is the play Circles. Travelling the outskirts of Birmingham on the Number 11 bus, two teenagers develop an unlikely friendship whilst a mother ruminates on her daughter's attempts to leave a violent relationship. Against the backdrop of a changing city everyone involved is forced to re-examine all they thought they knew about love, trust, family and friendship.
Rachel’s De-lahay’s vivid and powerful new play boldly explores cycles of violence and what it takes to break them and is a visceral examination of the effects of such violence on a generation of young women. Born and bred in Birmingham, Rachel was Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Pearson Playwright in Residence. Her first play The Westbridge was produced to critical acclaim by The Royal Court in 2011 and her second play Routes opened in September. Called the ‘queen of urban cool’ by The Independent, Rachel was joint winner with Roy Williams of the Alfred Fagan Award in 2010 and of the 2013 Writers Guild Award for best play.
For further information about the show visit the Birmingham REP website (right here!) or call the Box Office on 0121 236 4455.
For welovebearwood readers we have 2 x pairs of tickets ('Playsavers' anyone...ahem...) to be won for the opening night of Circles on Friday 9 May, 8pm. To be in with a chance of winning just answer this question;
Which bus route is part of the play, Circles, set on?
a) Number 11
b) Number 37
c) Number 4
Please email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday 1st May 2014. The winner will be chosen at random.