Shows

Lord of the Flies - William Golding

Shows - 2008

Lord of the Flies23rd-26th July

The Crescent Theatre

"This superb young group goes bravely into battle with William Golding's classic tale of mind-blowing depravity amongst youngsters on an uninhabited island after a plane crash and it is no surprise that is now has another success to add to its long list of triumphs.
 
Not that it is anywhere near uninhabited after the youngsters arrive- nearly 60 of them, in Liz Light's highly populated, busy-busy production that has become Stage 2's trademark.  Excellent lighting effects give merited support to a company that throws itself into the story so enthusiastically, that there are times when the spoken script disappears beneath a cacophonous chorus....
 

 

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Teechers - John Godber

Shows - 2008

Teechers

 23rd-26th April

The Crescent Theatre

"Some top class performances and bags of enthusiasm ensure the cast of 100 celebrate Stage2's 20th anniversary in style. From the moment the youngsters swarm through the auditorium and onto the stage, the action is fast and furious as the play is high on humour and no doubt true to life. Drama students Salty (Tom Booth), Gail (Alex Simonet) and Hobby (Samantha Ferrins) are excellent and Ollie Simms impresses as the struggling teacher. Liam McKeown is a convincing school Bully, Oggy Moxon, while the rest of the staff are well represented by Andrew Smith, the cane-weilding Mr Basford, Carly-Jane Hutchinson, the dominating Mrs Parry, Danica Corns as Miss Prime and Annabel Smith, chain smoking Dot the cleaner." Evening Mail

 

I.C.E. - Devised by Stage2

Shows - 2007

ICE19th-21st December

Patricia Yardley Studio, Millennium Point

Invent. Create. Evolve. It's time to melt the ICE! In order to complement the 'adult' and harrowing ‘The Crucible’, revived for the new year in 2008, Lucy Bailey led our younger members in a devised production in BSA's Studio at Millennium Point. The audience were treated to a civil war between two opposing groups of jelly babies - The Jelly Teens and The Jelly Globs. This show saw a first (and fantastic) professional lighting design by Dave Mooney who had joined us 4 years before on our Technical Training course and worked his way up to our Technical Leader before leaving us to work freelance at some of the venues where he trained - The Crescent, The Hippodrome, The Town Hall...

 

The Crucible - Arthur Miller

Shows - 2007

The Crucible16th-19th January

The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

"Menacingly told by a young cast. The mass hysteria at the heart of the Salem Witch trials is superbly captured by the splendid Stage2. What better way for the company to celebrate its 20th anniversary than Arthur Miller's excellent play, grippingly told by this talented young cast. The astonishing production ultimately pits innocent John Proctor, brilliantly played by Scott Westwood, against the zealous witch finders headed by Reverend Parris and later Deputy Governor Danforth, equally well played by Matthew Urwin and Mike Haydon." Evening Mail

 

Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare

Shows - 2007

Much Ado ABout Nothing 200718th-21st April

The Crescent Theatre

"However many times I see this ever changing young company, I am unfailingly amazed at the wealth of talent that director Liz Light contrives to fashion. This time it's a slice of Shakespeare, served up by a cast of 70 to yield a boisterous result that defies you not to be enraptured. It's very funny too - thanks in no small measure to Rowan Turner-Powell, a miniature Dogberry who is word perfect, joyous in his gestures and clear in his delivery. Here is a youngster destined to go far. Mastery of the script as is expected of Stage2, is universal. There are a host of powerful performances - Carly-Jayne Hutchinson a fiery Beatrice, Billy Coughlin (Benedick), Matthew Urwin (Claudio), Ellie Jurczak (Hero) and Lucy Bailey as Leonata - are all remarkable. This is a clean-cut production that brims with life, that often overruns the auditorium and that even uses outsized puppets in its wonderful trial scene. It's a joy of ingenuity. A Great Ado." Evening Mail

 
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