Art SOAK 2015: Back Down

Saturday 21st March, Selly Park Baptist Church (1041 Pershore Road, Sell Park), 7pm.

Tickets £5 from OxBoffice

We are excited to be hosting a brand new show from the Birmingham Rep as part of this years Art SOAK. Written by award-winning local spoken-word artist Polarbear and featuring local actors this is an amazing opportunity to see a funny coming-of age story that explores post-school choices and is perfect for young people. Back Down is the Barry Jackson Trust supported production for 2015.

Make sure you get your tickets in plenty of time!

Back Down Title for web

Never been camping before. None of us have, but how hard can it be?

Luke, Zia and Tommy have known each other for forever. With Luke about to leave for university it’s time for one last adventure together. Armed with Zia’s mix CD and a bag of Brummie pride, they set off to conquer Snowdon. But when their jaunt takes an unexpected turn they are forced to face up to the reality of why they needed the trip in the first place.

Back Down is the highly-anticipated first play by Steven Camden, more commonly known as the award-winning spoken word artist, Polarbear. Steven has crafted a must-see coming-of-age story that is both insightful and incredibly funny.

This production is supported by the Sir Barry Jackson Trust and The John Feeney Charitable Trust.

Back Down 1 Back Down Official Image


Zia                                                                        Waleed Akhtar

Tommy                                                                 Sam Cole

Luke                                                                     Lawrence Walker

Writer                                                                   Steven Camden

Director                                                                Tessa Walker

Designer                                                              Olly Shapley

Lighting Designer                                                 Simon Bond

Composer and Sound Designer                           Giles Thomas

Movement Director                                              Anna Morrissey


Waleed Akhtar: His past theatre credits include Velocity (Finborough Theatre); The Kite Runner (Nottingham Playhouse/ Liverpool); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tooting Arts Club); Under 11’s (Soho Theatre); Love Match (Cheltenham Everyman); I Call My Brothers (Arcola); Betrayed (Tron Theatre Company); Black I (Kali); Gladiator Games (Etc, Germany) and Screwface (Tristan Bates). Television credits include Edge Of Heaven (Hartswood Films); Doctors (BBC); Law And Order UK (Kudos) and Dustbin Baby (Kindle for BBC1). Film credits include Night Bus (El Capitan); Miss You Already (Embargo Films); Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (Kudos Film); Sidney (BFI/ Tomboy Films); Sparks And Embers (Cinemagine); Lipstikka (Gal Films & Obelis Productions); Diary Of A Jihadi (Independent Image Ltd); Scratch (Breakthru Films) and Tonight (UK Film Council). Radio credits include What The Papers Say (BBC Radio 4).

Actors headshot by Alex Winn

Sam Cole: He is a member of First Act Workshops, an actor’s training ground and casting centre. During his time there Sam has been cast as Kerry in the short film, The Hazing, presented at the NEC for The Skills Show.  Sam has also previously been a member of the Young REP, performing in As You Like It, Heartbreak Beautiful, and as Achilles in I Iphignia in Aulis and as Patrolus in Homer’s Iliad. Sam has also appeared in Doctors and WPC56 (BBC).

Sam Cole BW

Lawrence Walker: Lawrence trained at Rose Bruford College. His television credits include a regular part in Our Girl as the character Dangleberries (BBC), and as Matt in Casualty (BBC). His film credits include Generation Z (Matador Pictures).

Lawrence Walker

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