Flicking the switch

Mental health issues are becoming more and more of a talking point – and a play visiting Birmingham in January explores the experience of one young actor.

Mark Lockyer was a promising fledgling actor getting juicy roles at the National Theatre and RSC. Then, one summer in Stratford, his world fell apart. During a performance of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Mark had a breakdown. Hilarious, touching and utterly bonkers, this the gripping story of a life lived at the edge.

Since its premiere in 2016, ‘Living with the Lights On’ has become an international hit, with over 200 performances from Bristol to Barcelona, including two sell-out runs at the Young Vic. It takes the audience on a moving, often absurdly hilarious journey in a story filled with humour, tragedy – and a cautiously happy ending. The show runs from Tuesday 22 to Saturday 26 January and tickets start from £10; call 0121 236 4455 or visit birmingham-rep.co.uk for details.

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