WE’RE having a day in court next month with our new show ‘Sentences’. Finding the many tiny dramas in people’s lives, as they stand in the dock or wait with cooling instant coffee, nerves getting the better of them.
We’ve had a lot of fun looking at the court system, from the wonderful Hogwarts-like architecture of Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, to the hefty great manual Liz dug up which gave us all an idea of how offenses would be sentenced, or even the tall tales Angela had from her work in health and safety prosecutions over the years.
Everyone had a court experience, form my own days spent sitting at the reporters’ desk, taking furious notes in shorthand, and trying not to make eye contact with anyone, to the occasional Cucumber who had taken part in jury duty.
We considered the people in the court room, from the procedures, to the psychological impact, and even a little fantasy, but we also considered the people for whom the courts are just a job, how their personal lives carry on in amongst the tumult of the daily drama around them.
We’d love it if you could come along to the Door @ 8pm on Monday, June 1 and see what we’ve come up with.
Pre-order your free tickets at the Birmingham Rep’s website.