*Originally posted in Portuguese here
With so many activities during these beautiful Summer days in Birmingham, I was not thinking about going to any of the Birmingham Fest plays – an indepedent theatre festival, that ends on 28th July.
At lunchtime, four people take seats by Pigeon Park, where St Phillips Cathedral is located, in the city centre – and where a Big Issue seller works.
Parklife is a profound play. Each character reflects about their problems, while the sun shines or is hidden by the clouds. Locked down by their jobs’ routine (waitress, Sainsbury’s checkout operator, call centre operator for the council, banker), each one copes in their own way with the daily struggles. Meanwhile, the Big Issue seller, who is used to observe people on the park, connects the parallel stories.
It’s possible to identify ourserves with all five characteres in different moments of the play. Surely that’s the same type of stories in the mind of those who seek a few minutes of tranquility by the St Phillips Cathedral lawn during lunchtime.
The theatre and the pub
The venue is a performing room, due to its small size – which is surprising, since the pub’s building as a whole is quite imposing. That’s why the Old Stock Joint is one of my favourite pubs in Birmingham.
Also, I love its interior. It has a good selection of beers and wines. On the menu, pies are the house specialty.
The photos on this post are from 2010.