Shey’s brother William died in prison, and no-one will tell her the truth about how. Aided by the ancient spirits of revenge, the terrifying Furies, she takes on the people and the systems responsible for her brother’s death. As she seeks justice, she must decide how far up the chain of command guilt lies, and how to challenge power to end a cycle of violence.

Masters of interactive theatre, Upstart Theatre present a modern-day reimagining of the ancient Greek tragedy, The Oresteia. The audience are invited to help determine where the line is between justice and revenge, in this thrilling new show made with a Citizen Chorus featuring performers from the REP’s Adult Drama Company, Young REP members, and others from across Birmingham and beyond.

Beneath the City is one part of The Chorus Project, an international collaboration with theatre companies across Europe. This production is proudly made in Birmingham.

Co-Funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and the Unity Theatre Trust.


16 - 18 JAN 2020


Rochi Rampal

Prison Officer / Vice President / Politician

Nicole Sawyerr

Shey Clarke

Despina Kourla

Citizen Chorus

Edwina Turner

Citizen Chorus

Gordon Elcock

Citizen Chorus

John Flynn

Citizen Chorus

Melanie Distin

Citizen Chorus

Peter Harrison

Citizen Chorus

Eddie Nelson

Citizen Chorus

Eleanor Lawson

Citizen Chorus

Jan Lane

Citizen Chorus

Kerry Frater

Citizen Chorus

Michelle Rafferty

Citizen Chorus

Sharon Walcott

Citizen Chorus

Denise Norton

Citizen Chorus

Edward Beidas

Citizen Chorus

Emma Bangham

Citizen Chorus

Jane Winder

Citizen Chorus

Linda Hisgett

Citizen Chorus

Niamh Elcock

Citizen Chorus

Toqueer Quyyam

Citizen Chorus

Tom Mansfield


Zodwa Nyoni


Astrid Behrens


Duncan Grimley

Sound Designer

Sherry Coenen

Lighting Designer

Alex Boucher

Lighting Programmer

Claire Browne

Associate Designer

Lucy Wild

Movement Director

Hannah Tookey


Emma Sampson

Executive Producer

Emily Davies

Stage Manager

Clive Meldrum, Dan Hoole & Dee Smith

Technical Support


Photos by Ali Wright