PODCAST EPISODE 4 – How to Make Birmingham a Fairer City

In our fourth episode, Tom talks to the Citizen Chorus of Beneath the City – a group of citizen performers in Birmingham who’ll be performing with us as part of The Chorus Project. We talked about access to housing and healthcare in the city; about the decline of a sense of social solidarity, and much more.

Upstart Theatre’s Autumn Season

REPUBLIC Draughts Board Game Cafe, 24 September The year is 2119 and the Republic of Mars is finally free. As the leaders of the revolution, the future of the planet is now in your hands. Will it become a land of peace and freedom, or a war-torn wasteland? The choice is yours in this new […]

PODCAST EPISODE 3 – How to Stage a Missing Play

In Episode 3 of the theatre and democracy podcast, theatre directors Tom Mansfield (UK) and Christian Winkler (Austria), AKA Franz von Strolchen, talk about how taking part in democracy can be part of our cultural identity, reviving the Oresteia’s Satyr Play as an act of reconstructing a non-existent memory, and their shared love of the […]

Chorus Project – workshop info for Monday 2nd September

Dear all This is a reminder that the first weekly Chorus Project workshop rehearsal will be taking place at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Monday, the 2nd September. We’ll be starting at 6.30pm and finishing by 9pm at the latest. Please come to the Stage Door on Cambridge Street (at the back of the theatre), and […]

The Chorus Project Workshop Week – Info

Dear all, I’m so excited about starting to work with you all on Beneath the City next week. Thank you so much for expressing an interest in being a part of it! This is just to give you a heads-up about how the week beginning the 19th August is going to work; if you’re not going to […]

PODCAST EPISODE 2 – How to Swallow a Frog

In episode 2 of the Chorus Project podcast, Tom talks with Macedonian theatre-makers Kristina Bozurska and Jasmina Vasileva about why coming to London is like meeting your teenage boyfriend for the first time, how democracy feels like something that happens somewhere else, and how hope for change comes from the next generation. Read a transcript

PODCAST EPISODE 1 – Can Theatre Save Democracy?

The first episode of the Chorus Project Podcast features an interview with Katja Kettner and Angelika Fink, part of the directing team for The Chorus Project in Germany. Angelika, Katja and Tom talk about how The Chorus Project got started, the different ways of working we have in Germany and the UK, and how theatre […]

Beneath the City: on sale now

After the death of her mother, a young woman flees from her home. She arrives in a new city, asking for sanctuary. But before it’s granted, furious bureaucrats demand their own justice. As she is put on trial for a crime she denies, the community wrestles with its commitment to the people and to power.