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unknown male

Winner of the Peter Brook / Mark Marvin Rent Subsidy Award 2014. 

Produced by Pippa Frith in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Supported by Arts Council England, the Peggy Ramsay Foundation, the Peter Brook Awards and the Sir Barry Jackson Trust.

about the show

The track looks like any other ordinary train track. Nothing to indicate what happened here.

Heather loves being a train driver, but she has been off work since the incident. Emily is in the middle of her GCSEs, but her head has been turned by uncovering unknown answers. Mark has never been able to manage emotion, especially his own. How does one family find its way through a tragedy that doesn’t even belong to them?

Unknown Male is directed by acclaimed writer and director Nick Walker with dramaturge by REP associate director Tessa Walker.

“Stephanie has an authentic and important new voice; the truth with which she draws her characters and the pain of a family’s falling apart and their ultimate healing delivers an impact that is hard to shake.”  – Laura Collier Head of Studio, National Theatre 


Unknown Male premiered at Birmingham REP Door, on 28th -31st January 2015. 


Heather – Lorraine Stanley

Mark – Ged Simmons

Emily – Phoebe-Francis Brown


Directed by Nick Walker

Assistant Director – Nick Pitt

Dramaturge – Tessa Walker

Production Manager – Tomas Wright

Lighting Design – Liam Jones

Sound Design – Clive Meldrum

Set Design – Oliver Shapley

Stage Manager – Claire Browne

Casting Director – Alison Solomon


                            This is a play that will stay with you –  The Public Reviews


                            Ridings is an exceptional writer – Behind the Arras

The attention to detail is outstanding and the emotions – onstage and in the stalls – are raw. – Shropshire Events Guide

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