POP MUSIC: This Week On Tour

After an electric opening run at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, The POP MUSIC squad have headed off on the Barry Jackson Tour – a community tour funded by the Sir Barry Jackson Trust and organised by Birmingham Rep. The tour visits a host of community-focused locations in Birmingham, including schools, libraries, care homes and churches. Tonight they’ll be performing at Northfield Methodist Church.

Ciaran Alexander Stewart plays the role of ‘Remix’ in the accessible performances of POP MUSIC. Once we begin our small scale tour, he will be joining Katherine and Rakesh (Kayla and G) at The Garage in Norwich, Derby Theatre and The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre in Borden – three of Paines Plough’s partner venues that are currently committed to receiving accessible performances.

We asked Ciaran to kick off the ‘THIS WEEK ON TOUR’ blog.

“It’s actually a really funny story. My lecturer at drama school said I should consider using sign language as a major part of my career, as he thought I had the potential for it. I told him that I’d already accepted the fact that my career would consist of me speaking at auditions and that would be it. I was wrong. Guess what my first job was as soon as I graduated!

I’m performing the character of Remix, who is integrating British Sign Language into POP MUSIC.

I never thought I’d perform at Latitude Festival – and watch The Killers live. I never thought I’d come to Birmingham Repertory Theatre and perform in their Door space. What a brilliant way to kick off my career!

One of the best bits is chatting to people about their favourite songs from the show, and watching them sing along to “Man in the Mirror,” or “Mr Brightside,” or “I Hate this Part Right Here.” Most of the time, I’m facing the audience and can see them engaging with the music. POP MUSIC is a production that you can totally relate to on a personal level, and having people laugh alongside us is just wonderful.

I’m missing the gang already, and I can’t wait to be reunited with them soon.”


Ciaran Alexander Stewart
Ciaran Alexander Stewart. Photo: Orlando James.

You can catch Ciaran ‘having it large’ with the rest of the POP MUSIC team at:

The Garage, Norwich – 06 November

Derby Theatre – 10 November

The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre – 24 November


We are very excited to announce the four playwrights who will be performing their own short plays on the 27 September at Royal & Derngate Northampton!

Since 2010 writers from across the UK have returned to their home towns to pen plays about the places that shaped them. At theatres from Bristol to Belfast, Cardiff to Coventry and Nottingham to Newcastle, these plays have been performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale.

Now COME TO WHERE I’M FROM visits Northampton to invite four of the city’s finest playwrights to join this celebrated nationwide project by performing their own short plays about their home.

Come To Where I’m From is supported by GenerateRoyal & Derngate’s Artist Development.


Subika Headshot

Subika is an Actor and Playwright. Subika studied Creative Writing and English Language. She has developed scripts with various theatre companies including Tamasha, The Roundhouse, Curve Theatre, Royal and Derngate and Paines Plough. Her play STATELESS was produced by Kali Theatre and her play PRINCESS SUFFRAGETTE was produced by London Grey and Green Theatre. Subika has also written and performed a solo show DIVIDED at the Camden People’s Theatre which received Arts Council Funding and went on a local tour.

Subika is currently performing at The National Theatre in JULIE and has previously worked with Soul City Arts, Phizzical Theatre, Bread and Roses Theatre and New Perspectives Theatre.


HEADSHOT FOR AUTHENTIC 1Louise works as an actor and journalist. She is an alumnus of the Royal Court Playwriting course. Her first play, POPE JOAN, was commissioned and produced by the NYT in August 2013. She cowrote and produced The Charles Dickens Show, a children’s history chat-show for the BBC. Her work as an actor includes Molly Hooper in SHERLOCK, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, CLIQUE, BACK, GOMORRAH, RIPPER STREET and BLEAK HOUSE. On stage she has appeared in CONSTELLATIONS (West End), HUSBANDS AND SONS (National Theatre), UNCLE VANYA (Sir Peter Hall for ETT), MISS JULIE (Citizens Theatre), THE HERD (Bush), TROJAN WOMEN (Gate) and ARCADIA (Bristol Old Vic).



DC Moore is a Northampton-born writer who wrote the 2015 BAFTA award winning comedy drama series, NOT SAFE FOR WORK (Channel 4 / Clerkenwell Films). He is currently working on an original series called CROMWELL for ITV (Playground Entertainment) and an adaptation of J.G.Ballard’s novel SUPER CANNES (Bonafide Films). He also recently worked on the second series of KILLING EVE (Sid Gentle/BBC America). In 2016 he won the Best Long Form Drama award at the Writers’ Guild Awards, and the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Writer for Not Safe For Work. He has also been nominated in the Breakthrough Talent category at the BAFTA Craft Awards 2016. For Theatre, DC MOORE was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2011 for THE EMPIRE for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre (Royal Court) and won the TMA Award for Best Touring Production for the same play. ANOTHER PLACE was nominated for Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards. His plays include include ALASKA (Royal Court), THE EMPIRE (Royal Court and Drum Theatre, Plymouth), TOWN (Royal & Derngate, Northampton), HONEST (Royal & Derngate, Northampton, Edinburgh Festival & Soho Theatre), THE SWAN (as part of Double Feature – National Theatre, Paintframe), STRAIGHT (Sheffield Theatres and Bush Theatre), ANOTHER PLACE (Drum Theatre, Plymouth) and COMMON (National Theatre).


Robin Soans (Spot)

Robin Soans is an actor, and a playwright specialising in verbatim and documentary plays and radio drama. These works include FROM A GREAT HEIGHT (2018); ONE TURBULENT AMBASSADOR (2012); ACROSS THE DIVIDE (2007); A STATE AFFAIR (2000) which looked at life on a Bradford estate, produced by Out of Joint theatre company; THE ARAB ISRAELI COOKBOOK (Gate Theatre 2004); TALKING TO TERRORISTS (Out of Joint theatre company and Royal Court Theatre); LIFE AFTER SCANDAL (Hampstead Theatre); and CROUCH, TOUCH, PAUSE, ENGAGE (Out of Joint theatre company, National Theatre Wales, Arcola Theatre, and Sherman Cymru). Other plays include BET NOIR (Young Vic 1986); SINNERS AND SAINTS (The Croydon Warehouse) and WILL AND TESTAMENT (The Oval House).

To book tickets call the box office on:

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160 previous COME TO WHERE I’M FROM plays are available in audio form, for free, on the App Store or Google Play. Just click here.