Writers from SKINS, C4, BBC Radio 4 and Royal Court Theatre Join Forces to Create Coventry Cathedral Ruins Drama

4 August 2018

A new piece of theatre is being created to celebrate a major Coventry landmark. Set to take place 6-8th September 2018 ‘Meet Me In The Ruins’ is the curation of 5 pieces by local writers in partnership with Coventry Cathedral, Belgrade Theatre and City of Culture 2021 Great Place Scheme.

The idea for the site-specific piece of theatre was first formed a few years ago when John Witcombe, Dean of Coventry Cathedral met writer Alan Pollock at a City of Culture Bid meeting. The idea has been flirted with for some time, though the announcement of Coventry 2021 helped give the organisations involved the catalyst and resource to proceed.

Directed by critically acclaimed novelist and BBC writer, Nick Walker, who is also one of the writers. The performances will feature 5 exciting new works written by Alan Pollock – One Night In November, Ola Animashawun – Royal Court Theatre, Marcia Layne – BBC Radio 4, Paven Virk writers room for SKINS and Ackley Bridge Channel 4.

The outdoor showing of the 5 tales will take place in Coventry Cathedral Ruins as part of Plumb Line Festival, a year-long programme of celebration commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Diocese and Cathedral in Coventry.

Sam Williams, Cultural Programmer for Coventry Cathedral said “Meet Me in the Ruins is the Cathedral’s vision for how we feel the ruins space should resonate in the city. Its lasting legacy will not only be the impact on audiences that see the show, but also the new relationships and working models that have been created by collaborating with Belgrade Theatre, independent writers and City of Culture team through great places support. ”

The overall show will explore stories of immigration, love, hope, war and survivor guilt all set over time and fixed on major points in the City’s history featuring a diverse cast in which an open call was sent out nationwide to find fresh talent to tell these incredible stories.

Director Nick Walker said: “Each story captures the decades that we are celebrating, they are funny, moving and interesting small tales. I think there is something for everyone.”

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