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The Birmingham Rep hit play now on tour in the Black Country

The Birmingham Rep hit play now on tour in the Black Country
Featuring GrimeBoy outside Birmingham University’s Curzon Building – one of the stops on the tour

The new hit by Birmingham poet Laureate Casey Bailey will tour 12 venues across the West Midlands, including Wolverhampton’s Newhampton Arts Center, West Bromwich Library, Tipton Muslim Community Center and Dorothy Parkes Center in Smethwick.

After concluding his sold-out series of performances at Rep on Saturday, GrimeBoy will prioritize playing for young audiences who may have limited access to live performances.

All tickets are free or low cost thanks to support from the Sir Barry Jackson Trust.

Directed by The Reps associate director, Madeleine Kludje, and designed by Ebrahim Nazier, the play follows a set of friends and opponents through Birmingham’s ugly music scene.

Madeleine Kludje said: “It has been fantastic to see our run by GrimeBoy on The Rep received so enthusiastically by the audience, with standing ovations at each performance.

“Now we can share this amazing show and work with young audiences throughout the West Midlands, bringing exciting, relevant theater to them in venues and spaces on your doorstep.”

The original cast of GrimeBoy will star in the tour, including Keiren Hamilton Amos as GrimeBoy, Corey Weekes as Jay, Alexander Lobo Moreno as Blue and Auden Allen as DJ.

Keiren Hamilton Amos is an alumnus of Birmingham City University’s Applied Theater School of Acting, one of the venues that the tour will visit.

The full list of places on the trip is:

  • Dorothy Parkes Center Smethwick (May 3)

  • Birmingham City University Curzon Building (May 4)

  • Rugeley Rose Theater (May 6)

  • Legacy Center of Excellence (May 7)

  • The Hive for Worcester University (May 8)

  • SENSE Touchbase Pears (May 10)

  • West Bromwich Library (May 11)

  • Free @ Last Nechells (May 12)

  • Newhampton Arts Center (May 13)

  • Old Print Works Balsall Heath (May 14)

  • Tipton Muslim Community Center (May 15)

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