Ben and Phil are recruiting members for their prog-rock band while attempting to pass their A levels. Claire and Miriam are concealing secret love affairs and unrequited affections. And Doug is trying to shoehorn left-wing politics into the school newspaper, while harbouring dreams of writing for NME.
Against the backdrop of a rapidly changing 1970s Birmingham, where factory strikes in Longbridge are on the rise and social tensions mount, the group advance through the minefield of typical teenage worries such as first dates, sports matches and exams. However, they are unable to avoid the impact of the unstable world around them, with tragedy bubbling beneath the surface.
Adapted from Jonathan Coe’s award-winning novel, and inspired by his own experiences of growing up in the West Midlands, The Rotters’ Club is rebellious, earnest and heartfelt. Gwenda Hughes returns to The REP to direct the brilliantly talented young performers cast from our youth theatres.
Re-live the music, the political events, the awkward encounters with the opposite sex and the dreaded moment when you forget your swimming trunks.
You may also be interested in our In Conversation With Jonathan Coe And Richard Cameron event on 9 April, where the author and stage adapter will discuss this new production and their careers.
Gwenda Hughes Director
Michael Holt Designer
Simon Bond Lighting Designer
Louis Price AV and Video Projection
Clive Meldrum Sound Design
Tom Saunders Associate Director
Anna Bradley Claire Newman
Daniel Carter Malcolm
Jasmin Melissa Hylton Miriam Newman
Maggie McGuire Smith Cicely Boyd
Alice McGowan Lois Trotter
Charlie Mills Ben Trotter
Andrew Morrin Culpepper
Haris Myers Sean Harding
Yusuf Niazi Phil Chase
Adnahn Silvestro Doug Anderton
Louis Sutherland Steve Richards
The HOUSE at The REP
- Address: Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP
The HOUSE is The REP’s largest auditorium, seating over 800 people. Wheelchair seating is available at the front and midway up on Row L.
Built on democratic principals with no circle or boxes and with a saucer shaped rake, The HOUSE is designed so that all seats have a great view of the action.
- Box Office: 0121 236 4455
Past events in this season
There’s a new kid in school, he plays by his rules. The thing is... everyone has to grow up.
A devised piece examining the outstanding objects that originated in the Midlands
A group of teenagers are unwittingly placed into Anger Management.
Past events in this season
A discussion with the author and the adapter of The Rotters' Club
Come along for an exclusive National Theatre screening of Dara as part of The REP's Open Day...
Join award-winning director, Shahid Nadeem, as he hosts a sharing of local work...
Join Beatfreeks as they host a 2-hour spoken word workshop...
Join innovative theatre company, Filter, for a unique workshop experience...
Learn how to develop your playwriting skills at The REP's Open Day...
Take a sneak peek behind the scenes at Birmingham's premier producing theatre.
Lunchtime readings of new plays, in partnership with the Royal Court Theatre
Delve behind the scenes on our guided backstage tours
Learn about our exciting history and artefacts