Bands sought to feature in new theatre show

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UP-and-coming Black Country bands are being sought to appear in the Birmingham Repertory Theatre's production of Never Try This At Home.

The show - a new dark, black comedy paying homage to Saturday morning TV - takes inspiration from legendary shows such as Tiswas and Going Live and centres on a televised reunion of the presenters of Shushi, a fictional Saturday morning show cancelled after one disastrous episode.

An anarchic and disturbing exposé of the world of TV and fame, it is due to open at The REP's new theatre The STUDIO in February 2014.

To bring the show to life producers need five talented bands to appear in three or four performances each between February 26 and March 15.

The successful bands will be required to warm-up audiences before the show, perform a specially-composed theme tune and make an appearance in the show. Nisha Modwahdia, associate producer at The REP, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for up-and-coming bands to be heard and seen by a wider audience.

"We want to hear from as many different types of groups as possible – rock, folk, jazz, pop, indie, R&B, metal, ska, hip-hop and more.”

Bands must be based in the West Midlands, have enough material to fill at least 20 minutes, be free to perform between February 26 and March 15, and not be affiliated with any music label. All band members must be 16 or over.

Each act will receive free tickets to see the show and discounted tickets for friends and family, and The REP will give each band professionally-filmed footage of their performances.

Interested bands should email The REP at bands@birmingham-rep.co.uk with a link to footage of the act performing, a brief description, name and telephone number before Friday January 3.

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