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Play by Award-Winning Writer Comes to The Hive

Back Down is the highly anticipated first play by Birmingham-born Steven Camden, more commonly known as the award-winning spoken word artist Polarbear.

Directed by Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Associate Director, Tessa Walker, Back Down is an insightful and witty coming-of-age story which comes to The Hive, Worcester on Monday 23 March at 7pm as part of a national tour following its premiere in Birmingham.

The story is based on Steven’s own fun experience as a 17-year-old taking a trip up the Welsh mountain Snowdon. Featuring Smethwick life-long friends, 18-year-olds Luke, Zia and Tommy, the trio embark on one last adventure together before Luke leaves for university. 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.

The characters from Back Down featured in Steven’s debut novel Tape, and in his second novel, It’s About Love. Steven says: “Back Down came about as part of my process writing my second novel, It’s About Love. The book takes place in Birmingham when the boys are 16 and in the play, Back Down, it is two years later as one of them is preparing to leave home.

“Writing about home is my favourite thing to do and writing three voices from Smethwick on an adventure into the wild was genuinely the most fun I’ve ever had writing anything. I made the trip they made to Snowdon in the story when I was 17 with two other friends and the images from that trip were firmly in my mind when I wrote it.”

Steve Wilson, County Arts Coordinator, said: “Back Down has already received fantastic reviews from the weekend performance at Birmingham REP. It is a fun heart-warming play for all ages and one we feel will connect with and amuse the diverse Hive audience.”

As a performer, Steven Camden has presented his work in California, Kuala Lumpur, Glastonbury, Latitude, Camden Crawl and most summer festivals in the UK after coming to prominence in 2006 as part of the Apples & Snakes Exposed tour. He has since written and performed three feature length theatre pieces. For Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s centenary he was commissioned to write a piece to mark the theatre’s 100 year history.

The cast for Back Down includes Waleed Akhtar (Zia), Sam Cole (Tommy) and Lawrence Walker (Luke) and is directed by Tessa Walker, who recently directed Circles by Rachel De-lahay, which was performed at The Hive in June 2014.

Tickets for Back Down cost £6 and can be purchased in person from The Hive Information Pod on Level 1 in the atrium. They can also be reserved over the phone 01905 765 576.

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