Production of the SOLD OUT immersive theatre show Accidental Brummie at tThe REP.
Inspired by real-life encounters and experiences from the backstreets of Birmingham, Hayley worked with director Cressida Brown and fellow Foundry Artists to create an immersive promenade performance @ Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
Interviewing sub communities that have become the fabric of the city, Hayley and the Foundry Artists developed characters to represent cultural practices and the economic future of Birmingham. Set in an almost dystopian future where Boris Johnson is prime-minister, the F.A.R.T.S (Financial Acquisition and Regulation of Theatre Systems) are coming to buy out the REP in an attempt build a new business complex.
A disastrous turn of hilarious events force Sweet Operators Vince and Kay to host a protest rave in the building and the audience are on a mission to find it. With a Duty Manager under stress, a flasher on the loose, an aspiring actress waiting for an audition that doesn’t exist and her stripper boyfriend out to sell her talents to the FARTS, this promenade piece explored a range of themes including gentrification, corporate takeover in the arts and the accessibility of the theatre for hard to reach audiences.
Interviewing people who have accidentally become Brummies (those who have ended up making their lives here but aren’t originally from the city) the Foundry were able to represent multiple view points of the city with their voices. Foundry artists interviewed the homeless, multi-national workers, social club performers and DJ’s.
Hayley worked as a theatre maker, co-creating numerous scenes in the piece and producing the ‘rave’; inspired by Magic Door, an immersive club night the brings people from all walks of life into one place to party, much like the City of Birmingham itself.
Accidental Brummie was commissioned for the Birmingham Weekender.