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Theatre Exchange Play Selection Announced

by Catherine Edwards on October 24th, 2013

We are delighted to announce that Joy Child, by Christopher Adams, has been selected for a full rehearsed reading, to be performed as part of the Festival at mac birmingham on Saturday 23rd November at 4pm.

Earlier this year, Capital Theatre Festival teamed up with Theatre Exchange to offer one writer from the monthly scratch nights the chance to workshop their play over a couple of days, culminating in a full rehearsed reading. Everyone was very impressed by the quality of the submissions, and the Theatre Exchange events have proved a successful and welcome addition to the Birmingham theatre calendar. The next event will be held on Monday 18th November. Read the submission guidelines here.

Joy Child  stood out for its originality, its black humour, and its potential to develop into an exciting and significant piece of theatre. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to present the work to a wider audience, and to support Chris at this stage in the play’s development.

If you are an actor, and would like to be considered for this, or other readings, please email your CV to

Here is a brief outline of the story and the playwright:

Joy Child

Two brothers, their wives, and their young sons share a small flat with their dying mother. When tragedy strikes, the after-effects take an unusual form. Joy Child, a stage adaptation of a short story by Chinese author Yu Hua, explores the nature of revenge and the promise of ‘the future’.


Christopher Adams attended the Royal Court Young Writers Programme and Studio Writers Group. He was a 2011-2012 US Fulbright scholar to Shanghai, China, where his play Shelter was produced by the Shanghai Repertory Theatre. His short plays have been performed in London, Dublin, and Birmingham.

We are asking all the writers and artists involved in the Festival to complete a short questionnaire to offer a brief snapshot of their life and work. Here is Chris, in his own words:

How would you describe yourself?
Awkward and introverted, except when I’m awkward and extroverted.

What was the first play you saw?
Of Mice and Men. When I was ten. Absolutely traumatised.
Where do you like to work?
On the sofa or in bed, often with a cup of tea and/or a G&T close at hand. I can’t concentrate when there is noise around, so I tend to avoid writing in cafes or public areas.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
The President of the United States (I’m American, originally). Then a lawyer. Then a bibliographer. Now a playwright.

What inspires you about theatre?
Its capacity to make an audience feel alive.

What is your greatest wish?
After much consideration: to write one truly good play.

What is your favourite thing about Birmingham?
The friendliness of the people.

What do you see when you look out of the window?
The British Museum.

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