Prime time for Women & Theatre

Britain’s Got Talent star in new play about women of retirement age.

Women & Theatre’s Artistic Director, Janice Connolly – who is well known for her role in Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights and her stand up character Mrs Barbara Nice – will be performing at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, 23rd–26th October, in Prime Time, an intimate and entertaining new production about retirement.

Developed from research with local women and written by three of Birmingham’s most exciting writers, Maeve Clarke, Rachael Mainwaring and Rochi Rampal, Prime Time consists of three monologues that capture diverse experiences of women of retirement age. The piece reflects upon how women’s professional and personal lives have impacted on their current choices or lack of them and the deep-rooted gender issues that this stage of our lives often exposes.

Janice says: “Prime Time completes our Women and Work trilogy in partnership with The REP. Prime Time looks at that very particular time in our working lives when we expect to reap the rewards of our sweat and toil and are turned out to pasture -our retirement years.

“As a woman in receipt of her senior citizen bus pass myself, it is exciting to be part of a new theatre piece that puts older women and their experiences bang smack centre stage.”

Performing alongside Janice, will be Linda Hargreaves and Souad Faress, who with Director Jo Gleave and an exciting team of creatives, will bring these passionate, moving and entertaining monologues to life.

Prime Time is the latest production from Birmingham-based Women & Theatre who have been making new work about things that matter for over 35 years. Prime Time is W&T’s third collaboration with The REP exploring themes of women and work; following the success of For The Past 30 Years in 2014 and Starting Out in 2016. The three shows are linked in that they all made up of monologues written from research with local women by female writers. You can find out more about their work here

Prime Time is on at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 23rd-26th October 2019 with a BSL interpreted performance on 26th October; tickets can be purchased from their box office