Shows

New York Short Plays - Various

Shows - 2004

New York Short Plays - Various5th July

The Library Theatre

"With a production of Claire Dowie's 'Why is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt' plus workshops with the author at the Crescent Theatre, a showcase of exam work at the Library Theatre and a trilingual exchange trip with a German Theatre group in Barcelona, July is a busy month for Stage2 - Somehow though they have also managed to squeeze in a taste of the Big Apple. The company have taken short plays by some of the best American writers such as Christopher Durang and Lucille Fletcher and linked them with improvised scenes, to form a complete day in the life of New Yorkers. Stage2 has a strong reputation and has never been afraid to stretch the boundaries of what's expected of youth theatre groups, performing challenging work from Shakespeare to Berkoff and with this amount of activity planned for the summer, it's going from strength to strength." Metronews

 

The Snow Queen - Ellie Darvill and Holly Turton

Shows - 2004

The Snow Queen - Ellie Darvill and Holly Turton15th-18th December

The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Stage2 is renowned for giving wide-ranging opportunities to its members and this show was no different. Ellie Darvill, whose extensive experience of working in children's theatre and TV (including many years as the Why Bird in 'Playdays') collaborated on the script with 17 year old company member Holly Turton. The premiere of this new adaptation of this timeless classic delighted festive theatregoers at The Patrick Centre at Christmas 2004. "The show promises to be of the usual high quality for the whole family to enjoy" Evening Mail

 

Why is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt? - Claire Dowie

Shows - 2004

Why is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt? - Claire Dowie15th-17th July

The Crescent Theatre

"What an inspired idea to transform Claire Dowie's riotous monologue of feminine angst into a comic play with a cast of one hundred. It's hard to imagine it would be possible until you see how confident and daring the brilliant Stage2 can be. This radical material is a courageous choice for a youth theatre and it pays off brilliantly - both holding and challenging the audience in the way the best theatre should. There are some great ensemble scenes - the sixty-strong chorus are all terrific, each giving just enough but never too much. The show works like clockwork and no-one puts a foot wrong." Birmingham Post. Stage2 were extremely pleased to be performing another piece by their Patron - who also took part in the production by supplying the voice over 'presenting the future.'

 

Move from mac - Relaunch Company

Shows - 2003

Summer Term

Summer 2003 saw Stage2 move from mac - its home for 15 years. We became a Limited Company (5317309) and a Registered Charity (1108213) and moved to the studios at Birmingham School of Acting - first at the Link Building, then Millennium Point. Instead of staging a production this term, our members worked on Marketing and Promotions ready for the Autumn relaunch. "A new chapter for the enterprising and often brilliant Birmingham youth group." Evening Mail

 

Equus - Peter Shaffer

Shows - 2003

Equus - Peter Shaffer23rd-26th April

Studio Theatre, mac

"Acclaimed youth theatre Stage2 are used to taking on strong works and for their latest production, they've pushed the boundaries even further. Peter Shaffer's Tony Award-winning masterpiece delves into the mind of a disturbed adolescent, who has committed a horrible crime. You should never underestimate a child's capacity to take onboard difficult subject matter." What's On. Stage2 collaborated with Spanish Artist Noemi Otamendi, whose stunning photography added another powerful dimension to this harrowing play. We saw the working's of Alan's mind manifested through an ensemble which conveyed the chaos, control and cruelty both vocally and physically ‚in Stage2's trademark style. 'Equus' also saw a final performance from Matthew Wycliffe (Hill) who went on to a very different role (from Alan's father) - starring as Buddy Holly in the West End smash hit 'Buddy'. 

 
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