Theatre meets live gig and stand-up at the Rep

Halloween date for innovative collaboration.

Theatre meets live gig and stand-up comedy as three of the UK’s hottest and most successful young writers – Ella Hickson, Nick Payne and Tom Wells collaborate with the musical genius of London Snorkelling Team’s Ed Gaughan to present Symphony, an eclectic mix of stories told through raucous live music and spoken word at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 28th to 31st October. Plus, on November 1st, The nabokov Arts Club will present a Halloween Special.

Symphony fuses high calibre writing and performances into an hour of hilarious, heart-warming and innovative theatre. The Fringe First award-winning new writing company, nabokov were first commissioned to create Symphony in 2012 by Lyric Hammersmith, Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, Watford Palace Theatre and Latitude for a tour of outdoor festivals. The show was revived earlier this year to great acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival, winning a Musical Theatre Network award, and now it comes to Birmingham as part of a UK tour.

In addition to Symphony, the nabokov Arts Club will be staging Love in the Afterlife, a special Halloween club night, on Saturday 1st November from 10:30pm until 2am. Live acts combine with interactive performances and installations for a raucous and ghoulish night out where audiences can be zombified by hair and make up experts and then marry their dead bride or groom in the Happily Ever Afterlife Chapel.

The evening will feature Birmingham’s own Misty’s Big Adventure, who will perform an eclectic mix of pop, jazz, psychedeliia, two tone, folk and punk.

There will also be a performance of My Thoughts On Leaving You, a short comedy musical by one of the UK’s hottest writers. Nick Payne, who won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play with Constellations, and has twice been nominated for an Olivier award.

Plus there will be additional live music from musical anarchists Freelance Mourners, a DJ set from Birmingham legends Hot Wax, playing classic funk, soul, hip hop and party tunes till late, as well as hair and make up artists, a Scar Bar, interactive adventures and much more.

Symphony, Tuesday 28th–Friday 31st October, tickets: £9-£12

The nabokov Arts Club: Love In The Afterlife, Saturday 1st November, 10.30pm–2am, tickets: £15 (advance) £20 (on the door)

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