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Unknown Male

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

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

Commissioned by Birmingham Rep funded through Arts Council England and Sir Barry Jackson Trust

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?​

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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


​“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 

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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