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Unknown Male

Stephanie Ridings


Unknown Male is a new play written by Stephanie Ridings. It is produced in association with Birmingham REP and supported by Arts Council England and The Peggy Ramsay Foundation.


In November 2014 the project won the Peter Brook / Mark Marvin Rent Subsidy Award.


We are working with acclaimed Director Nick Walker, and Birmingham REP Associate Director Tessa Walker as Dramaturg.


We are delighted to be working with a talented cast including Lorraine Stanley (Frontline, National Theatre, Made in Dagemham, Nigel Cole, Call the Midwife, BBC) Ged Simmons (The Merry Wifes of WIndsor, RSC, Outnumbered, BBC) and Phoebe Frances-Brown a recent University of Birmingham Graduate.



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 GCSE’s, 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?


Stephanie Ridings first major script, Me, Mum & Dusty Springfield enjoyed a sell-out Edinburgh Festival run before embarking on an acclaimed national tour. Unknown Male is her unforgettable and darkly comic new play, written during her time in The REP Foundry, exploring how the anguish of a ‘jumper’ continues after their death.




Unknown Male opened for a week run at The Door, Birmingham REP in January 2015.


We are explorng potential touring activity for this piece, you can download the tour booking information pack here


Rehearsal images © Graeme Braidwood

Introducing Lorriane Stanley as Heather, Phoebe Frances-Brown as Emily, and Ged Simmons as Mark

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