Free Performances


by Chris Cooper

Produced and performed by The Basement Theatre Ensemble

March 2019, The Basement Theatre @ The GAP, Balsall Heath.

The GAP is proud to announce its Spring 2019 production of a new play based in Birmingham funded by the Arts Council of England – The Silence.

Based partly in 1970’s Birmingham and partly in contemporary times, this bold and unflinching piece of writing by playwright Chris Cooper, draws forward one Irish girl’s experience of a shameful, largely hidden period in the city’s history – the mass blame of the Irish after the Birmingham Pub Bombings – into an exploration of the impact of contemporary terrorist atrocities on a young boy from the Muslim community – today’s ‘suspect community’.

The production is at the heart of an exciting, experimental approach to creating new, radical theatre for young audiences, informed by local stories and experiences, shaped by a dynamic ensemble of theatre makers, and resident in The GAP’s newly developed Basement Theatre.

We’re offering a limited number of free performances of The Silence to groups of young people 16yrs+ in groups of up to 20 max, at The GAP’s Basement Theatre in Balsall Heath. We are open to all groups and are particularly interested in showing this production to local young Irish and Muslim groups.
Performance dates are various from mid-late March 2019. To register your interest, please email,  with details of your group.
Watch this space for details of public performances of The Silence and how you can book tickets. Not to be missed!