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Skin in the Game - Old Red Lion Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

WRITTEN by Birmingham writer Paul Westwood and directed by Clemmie Reynolds, taught new thriller Skin in the Game runs at the Old Red Lion Theatre from August 20 to September 15, 2019.

Skin in the Game opens the door on an inner-city Birmingham family in turmoil. With Dad in a care home, estranged siblings Danny, Michelle and Jamie struggle to pay the bills, or even have a conversation, made worse by the fact that the family flat isn’t selling.

Lifting the lid on gambling addiction and living on the edges of society, Skin in the Game confronts what happens when you lie to those who know you best.

Speaking about his hometown, Paul Westwood said: “As soon as I started to write Skin in the Game I knew I wanted to set it in my home town. As well as writing an edge-of-your-seat thriller, I wanted to put Brum on the map! Peaky Blinders has done a great job for tourism in the city. I wanted to do the same on a theatrical level with Skin in the Game.”

The cast includes Charlie Allen (as Danny), Kathryn O’Reilly (Michelle), Paul Westwood (Jamie) and David Whitworth (Philip).

Director Clemmie Reynolds’ recent credits include Associate Director on Olivier-nominated Witness for the Prosecution (London County Hall) and Assistant Director on Switzerland (West End). She was formerly Artistic Director of the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis, and set up and led BurntOut Theatre, winning the Alfred Fagon Audience Award in 2015 for Muscovado (Theatre503). She is currently developing a new opera with composer Andrew Dickson and writer Patrick Barlow.

Paul Westwood has most recently been seen on stage in Lazarus (King’s Cross Theatre) and King Charles III (Tour), on TV in McMafia and Da Vinci’s Demons, and on film in Us and Them. Skin in the Game marks his full-length debut as a playwright.

Skin in the Game contains very strong language and is suitable for ages 14+.

To book tickets, call the box office on 0333 012 4963 or visit

Crystal Clear, devised by Phil Young, continues at the Old Red Lion Theatre until August 17, 2019.