The Children's Hour - Lillian Hellman

Shows - 2005

The Children's Hour27th-30th July

The Crescent Studio

"Lillian Hellman's drama of gossip and relationships is superbly brought to life in Jess Southwood's imaginative production. The subject matter is strong stuff, which this precociously talented cast takes in its almost dauntingly disciplined stride. Ruth Fowler and Lindsey Carr put neither a foot nor a syllable wrong in their challenging roles, but then neither does anyone else! Liz McGarry is excellent as wilful Mary with her alarming cunning. Holly Turton as the grandmother, Anil Karra, the fiance and Victoria Payne as the slightly daffy aunt are prominent in a company without a flaw." Evening Mail


Bouncers - John Godber

Shows - 2005

Bouncers21st-23rd July

The Crescent Theatre

"John Godber's riotous tales of a night in the life of four club doormen is given a wonderfully fresh and lively feel in this production. The four bouncers of Judd, Les, Ralph and Lucky Eric are joined by a talented and energetic cast. Luke Waite, Helen Jones, Paul Brotherton and Michael Haydon are equally outstanding as the bouncers while the support cast includes impressive performances by Andrew Smith, Josh Roberts, Billy Coughlin and Alex Pugh." Evening Mail


The Tempest - William Shakespeare

Shows - 2005

The Tempest14-16th April

The Crescent Theatre

"The inspired words of Shakespeare are safe in the wonderful young hands of the city's Stage2 youth theatre company. The outstanding talent of the juvenile actors on show almost defies belief in the way they master the bard's text. Many of the cast have never been on stage before but with their ages matched by many in the sell-out audience, they are successfully bringing  the works of Shakespeare to a whole new generation. Yolanda Kettle leads a superb cast as Prospero, the rightful Duchess of Milan, Hannah McDonagh is delightful as her innocent daughter and there are equally splendid performances from Colin Green as the tortured slave Caliban and a lovely comic cameo from Lucy Bailey as the drunken cook Stephana." Evening Mail


To Kill a Mocking Bird - Harper Lee and Christopher Sergel

Shows - 2004

To Kill a Mocking Bird - Harper Lee and Christopher Sergel8th-10th April

The Crescent Theatre

"Now well established independently of its long time at mac, Stage2 opened its latest production to a packed house at The Crescent. Once again it's a remarkable enterprise. There are persuasive performances from Lauren Archer, Billy Coughlin and Sam Cofman acting their ages as three children for whom a blatant case of injustice is a rite of passage to a flawed adult world. Dan Dolan strives manfully embodying the idealistic lawyer Atticus; Luke Waite has touching dignity as his doomed client, Jon Paul Millington a plausible swagger as his racist accuser while the most complete performance of all comes from Helen Jones as the maid Calpurnia." The Birmingham Post


Requiem for Ground Zero - Stephen Berkoff

Shows - 2004

Requiem for Ground Zero - Stephen Berkoff8th-10th January

The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

"Ellie Darvill proves endlessly inventive in choreographing her cast and the distribution of lines among solo voices, semi and larger choruses give the piece an almost symphonic character with haunting original music by Richard Radnor Williams. This is a team game and I did not notice a weak link. Impassioned, moving and sometimes distressing where it touches on individual victims, the fact that the company reflects Birmingham's multicultural population naturally gives it a particular resonance. It is one of those triumphant occasions that reasserts the power and (for once not to dodge a hackneyed word) the relevance of theatre." The Birmingham Post

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Mastery of the script, as is expected of Stage2. However many times I see this ever changing young company, I am amazed by the wealth of talent.

Birmingham Mail