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ALL IS WELL 4th, 5th & 6th May @ the Shop Front Theatre (Coventry) & 12th & 13th May  2017 @ MAC (Birmingham)

A stunning evocation of the long term aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, All Is Well tells the story of Aleks, Stefan and Nina as they struggle to trust one another again while living with the fear of the invisible radiation.

On Radunitsa, the day of remembrance for the dead, the forest is once again filled with people as they return to visit their family graves. But Anna and Blackbird have other ideas to keep the day trippers and tourists away for good.

“Aleks told me that you can smell fear… people sweat it out bit by bit and then other people smell the fear and they start to sweat… and so the fear spreads… person to person…”

All Is Well is at times poetic, funny and devastatingly fierce in its appraisal of the true cost of nuclear power.

Tickets for Coventry shows: Shop Front Theatre

Tickets for Birmingham shows: MAC

 

THE SLEEPING PLACE 1st February 2017 @ The Shop Front Theatre, Coventry

The Sleeping Place is a creative research project about the London Road Cemetery in Coventry.

Over the past year, playwright Vanessa Oakes and textile artist Julia O’Connell have spent time researching the local history archives and talking to people connected with the cemetery.

On Wednesday 1st February, 7.30 pm, the artists will hold a sharing event of their latest findings and project development at the Shop Front Theatre.

Everyone welcome – £2 payable on the door, free tea and coffee, licensed bar.

The Sleeping Place is in association with Theatre Absolute and part supported by a Small Arts Grant from Coventry City Council. 

Contact:  info@theatreabsolute.co.uk for more details

Shop Front Theatre, 38 City Arcade, Coventry, CV1 3HW

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MONDAY 9th JANUARY 2017, 8 pm @ The REP

The Invariant Right my latest short play is part of BOLDtext’s INSATIABLE @ The REP

Have you got an empty bank account, a tight waistband and a pile of unwanted Christmas presents cluttering up the house?

Get down to The REP where BOLDtext’s Stephen Jackson, Liz John, Vanessa Oakes and Julia Wright will be exploring the politics of consumption and questioning why we all want so much more than we need.

Bring along all your unwanted Christmas presents, as after the show we’ll be hosting an Unwanted Christmas Present Swap with any leftovers donated to local charity.

These script-in-hand new writing nights are very popular so it’s always best to reserve your ticket in advance.

It’s free to book then pay-what-you-can on the night. Tickets are available via The REP or call 0121 236 4455

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MONDAY 26th SEPTEMBER 2016, 8 pm @ The REP

Mademoiselle F my short play is part of BOLDtext’s DISORDER @ The REP

Mademoiselle F can’t stop thinking about polar bears.

sometimes to control my thoughts i stand on one leg… i find holding onto a chair i can stand on one leg for hours… it is exhausting…

Tickets are FREE to book then if you like what you see PAY WHAT YOU CAN on the way out. Tickets are available via The REP or call 0121 236 4455

STOP PRESS: 21/9/16 SOLD OUT Call Box Office for returns 0121 236 4455

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SATURDAY 25th JUNE 2016 10 am – 1 pm @ Astley Castle (Writers in Warwickshire)

WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW with BOLDtext’s Liz John & Vanessa Oakes

Drawing on your own life, this workshop will help you to find your voice, hone your writing skills and turn your personal experiences into a story. £15 per person (max of 15 people). Includes morning coffee.

BOOK HERE: http://www.writersinwarwickshire.com/boldtext-workshop

SELFIES 3 pm – 4 pm FREE EVENT includes optional Q&A 

  Off His Trolley by Stephen Jackson, In Search of The Unhappy Ending by Liz John and              The Other Me by Vanessa Oakes

MORE INFO HERE: http://www.writersinwarwickshire.com

 

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WEDNESDAY 4th MAY 2016 @ The REP 
Glastonbury my latest short play is part of EUROTRASHED NIGHT TWO.

Two points of view collide on the road to Glastonbury 2016. Kate has her ticket, her tent and her proxy vote organised. Matty is, well… winging it.
 

that fence is there to keep people like you out… it’s there to control numbers… to make sure people at the festival are safe… the festival can’t have an endless stream of people arriving demanding to be let in… 

Tickets are FREE to book then if you like what you see PAY WHAT YOU CAN on the way out. Tickets are available via www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/opendoor2016 or 0121 236 4455

EUROTRASHED is supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Doubled Up Flyer Front

MONDAY 18th APRIL 2016 @ The REP
In DOUBLED UP two of the region’s leading writers present rehearsed excerpts from their latest plays. Two new plays exploring historical world events that continue to resonate with our concerns today. Their effects reach out from the past via terrorism, globalisation, human exodus and even on the radioactive dust covered wings of our migrating birds

All Is Well by Vanessa Oakes Thirty years ago on April 26th 1986 an accident happened at Chernobyl. ‘All Is Well’ is a response to the human cost of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and asks, ‘is it possible for any of us to trust one another again?’

aleks told me that you can smell fear… people sweat it out bit by bit and then other people smell the fear and they start to sweat… and so the fear spreads… person to person…

Three Wheels On The Wagon by Tim Stimpson
Adapted from the memoir by Tony Fisher. Music by Jonathan Girling Three young lads from Birmingham set out to travel to the Middle East – not to fight, but to see Jerusalem. Set in 1966, this true story paints an idiosyncratic and affectionate picture of a time when the Iron Curtain still divided Europe, when Arab nationalism trumped religious fundamentalism and only a few months before the Six Day War changed our world forever.

 Tickets are FREE to book then if you like what you see PAY WHAT YOU CAN on the way out. Tickets are available via www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/opendoor2016 or 0121 236 4455

DOUBLED UP is supported using public funding by Arts Council England

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FRIDAY 11th March 5.30 pm – 7 pm 2016 SHOOT Festival @ The Belgrade         WRITE YOUR CITY Drawing on your own experience of living in and/or visiting Coventry, this workshop will help you to engage with the unique physical properties, qualities and meanings of your city. It will encourage you to start to find your voice, hone your writing skills and turn your personal experiences into a story.                                                            BOOK YOUR FREE PLACE HERE: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vanessa-oakes-writing-your-city-workshop-tickets-22293229650

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THURSDAY 3rd MARCH 2016 @ THE SHOP FRONT THEATRE, COVENTRY
Stephen Jackson, Vanessa Oakes, Tim Stimpson and Julia Wright will be presenting self-portraits tonight…

STOP PRESS: SOLD OUT RETURNS ONLY ON THE DOOR

Great monologues, real insight. The collective is a liberating idea!

Four dramatic monologues, read by ourselves, exposing our working practices and influences, as well as exploring how our individual backgrounds have shaped the writers we are today. The results, like all good selfies, promise to be entertaining, diverse, occasionally comedic, and sometimes downright bizarre.

Bold Text is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in West Midlands theatre.

7.30 pm Tickets £5 www.oxboffice.com or call 0845 680 1926

For more information: Theatre Absolute

EFLYER LEAP at the REP

MONDAY 29th FEBRUARY 2016 @ The REP
This Leap Day, BOLDtext Playwrights take a leap of imagination, asking ‘What would you do with an extra day?’ In six short plays, we imagine what we could, should, or should NOT be doing on this extra February day – it could be a leap of faith, a leap into the unknown – or even a giant leap for mankind! There’ll be comedy and drama, plus the usual bizarre venture into the surreal. LEAP is directed by award-winning theatre and BBC radio director, Peter Leslie Wild.

Tickets 0121 236 4455 or via The REP’s website (book your ticket/s now and PAY WHAT YOU WANT after the show)

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TUESDAY 1st DECEMBER 2015 @ The Tin Music & Arts
Come along to PechaKucha Coventry VOL 23 to hear Liz John and Vanessa Oakes present Bold Text’s take on 2015. PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps – just about anything, really – in the PechaKucha 20×20 format (a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds). £5 ENTRY 8 PM DOORS

For more information: http://www.pechakucha.org/cities/coventry

The Sleeping Place

SATURDAY 14th NOVEMBER 2015 @ THE SHOP FRONT THEATRE
The Sleeping Place is a creative research project focusing on the London Road Cemetery in Coventry.  Playwright Vanessa Oakes, and textile artist Julia O’Connell, will spend time collecting stories and memories from families, workers and local archives connected with the cemetery since its opening in 1847.

On Saturday 14 November 1 pm – 3 pm the artists will hold an open event at the Shop Front Theatre, please drop by to hear their research progress so far and contribute your own memories. All welcome. Free event/donations welcome.

The Shop Front Theatre, 38 City Arcade (opposite Argos/IKEA), Coventry CV1 3HW
Contact: 07799 292957 or email info@theatreabsolute.co.uk

The Sleeping Place is part of Coventry Peace Festival 2015 and is in association with Theatre Absolute.

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30TH & 31ST OCTOBER & 6TH & 7TH NOVEMBER 2015
This Autumn The Bridgnorth Players will be presenting the first amateur production of The Kindness of Strangers; 30th Oct @ The Severn Centre (Highley), 31st Oct @ Birchmeadow Centre (Broseley), 6th Nov @ Alveley Village Hall & 7th Nov @ Bridgnorth Community Hall. Tickets £8/£6.50 for more information contact Dorothy Leiper on 01746 764514.

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THURSDAY 1ST OCTOBER 2015 @ WARWICK WORDS
Write What You Know
with Bold Text’s Nicola Jones and Vanessa Oakes
Drawing on your own life, this workshop will help you to find your voice, hone your writing skills and turn your personal experiences into a story.
10 am – 1 p m Friends Meeting House, Warwick
£15 per person (maximum of 15 people).

STOP PRESS: 10/9/15 WORKSHOP SOLD OUT (returns only)

Bold Text presents Selfies
Four dramatic monologues, read by ourselves, exposing our working practices and influences, as well as exploring how our individual backgrounds have shaped the writers we are today. The results, like all good selfies, promise to be entertaining, diverse, occasionally comedic, and sometimes downright bizarre.

In Search of The Unhappy Ending by Liz John
Dark Matters by Nicola Jones
Lowering My Voice by Helen Kelly
The Other Me by Vanessa Oakes
8 pm Lord Leycester Hospital 
Running Time approx 1 hour 20 minutes
Tickets £5

To book a place on the workshop and/or a ticket for the show contact Warwick Words or call the box office: 01926 33 44 18

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MONDAY 7th SEPTEMBER 2015 @ THE REP
Are you going away for the summer?
Lucky you.
Bold Text Playwrights have plans too…

Sunstroke: eight micro plays about sun, sea and being in the right place at the wrong time by Stephen Jackson,  Liz John, Nicola Jones, Helen Kelly, Sayan Kent, Vanessa Oakes, Tim Stimpson and Julia Wright

FREE tickets available on 0121 236 4455 or via The REP’s website 
Sunstroke is curated for BOLDtext by Tim Stimpson

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THEATRE ABSOLUTE ASSOCIATE
I’m very happy to report that I’ve recently been asked to become an Associate of Theatre Absolute as it embarks on an exciting new phase of development as a company and at The Shop Front Theatre in Coventry.

Astley Castle

SATURDAY 6TH JUNE 2015
I’ll be reading The Permitted Number (originally commissioned by Paines Plough for Come To Where I’m From) at Astley Castle at 2.55 pm on Saturday 6th June 2015.
when i told you i wanted to go to art college you didn’t say; get a job up the co-op, you gave me your child allowance money and saved me. 
The reading is part of Writers in Warwickshire and hosted by the Landmark Trust as part of their 50th Year celebrations (FREE entry).

My monologue is about my mother and the council house I grew up in on an estate a short bike ride away from Astley. As a child I remember cycling past a burnt out ruin of a building, what the Landmark Trust have created is quite extraordinary (winner of the 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize) and well worth a visit.

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