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Adult Drama Company

Have you always wanted to try acting? Would you like to develop your acting skills? Or are you just looking for a new hobby?

If so, The REP would love for you to join our new Adult Drama Company.

The REP has set up two new adult drama groups for people aged 25 and over that will meet every week on Monday evenings and Wedensday mornings from September 2018.

Each week, participants will take part in workshops and rehearsals and perform in one of our theatre spaces. These sessions will work towards a performance in summer where you will be able to perform on The REP stage.

Whether you've performed many times, had a little acting experience or never tried it before, this is the perfect opportunity to develop your skills, express yourself and even make some new friends.

Price per term (minimum of 10 sessions): £60
Please email learning@birmingham-rep.co.uk for more information.

Lightpost Company

Lightpost is made up of young black and dual heritage men aged 16 to 26. Participants meet every Tuesday from 6.30pm - 9pm at The REP working to build resilience, increase communication skills, develop confidence, learn theatre techniques and regularly perform at the theatre.There is no cost involved in taking part.

For more information please email learning@birmingham-rep.co.uk

Lightpost is part of a wider project, Shifting The Dial

Shifting the Dial, uses cultural activities to encourage young black men to discuss and explore mental health issues and build resilience through promoting wellbeing, improving self-esteem and encouraging personal development.  Birmingham Repertory Theatre runs the project in partnership with First Class Legacy, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust and Centre for Mental Health. It is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

 

Play-Reading Group

Discover a range of playwrights, styles and periods with our fun, informal Play-Reading Group. It's competely FREE to join, refreshments will be provided and there's no need to book so come along and join us.
 

The following sessions will be taking place at: 
Thimble Mill Library, Thimblemill Rd, Smethwick, B67 5RJ

17 October, Pride and Prejudice by Simon Reade
7pm-9pm,Thimblemill Library,Thimblemill Rd, Smethwick B67 5RJ

When Elizabeth Bennet first meets Mr Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited. When she later discovers that he has scuppered the relationship between his friend Bingley and her sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. A sparkling comedy that follows, the family's lives are turned upside down as Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and pokes fun at the affectations and etiquette of provincial life.

Why did we choose this play?  
The REP has Isobel McArthur's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and we wanted the play-reading group to see both versions of this tale.

Read the play, see another version of the show.
Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) is at The REP 15 October - 2 November
For more information and to book tickets click here

 

14 November, North Country by Tajinder Singh Hayer
7pm-9pm,Thimblemill Library,Thimblemill Rd, Smethwick B67 5RJ

North Country is a post-apocalyptic play that follows three young people of different ethnic backgrounds – Jason Alleyne, Nusrat Bibi and Harvinder Singh – over the course of forty years in a plague-decimated Bradford. It looks at how and what they change, preserve and lose over that time.

Why did we choose this play? North Country deals with concepts of identity and belonging which fall in line with My Beautiful Launderette which is on at The REP in November.

Read the play, be inspired to see a play hitting similar themes!
My Beautiful Laundette is at The REP between 5 to 9 November
For more information and to book tickets click here

 

12 December, Peter Pan Adapted by Georgia Christou and Liam Steel
7pm-9pm, Thimblemill Library, Thimblemill Rd, Smethwick B67 5RJ

Wendy and her little brothers are feeling lost. Separated from their mother, they've been sent to live in a flat high up above the city. Then one night, a remarkable flying boy arrives offering her an escape. The boy's name is Peter Pan and he invites Wendy and her brothers to fly away with him to a magical world beyond their urban reality. A world of mischievous Lost Children and boundless dreams called Neverland.

But there's danger lurking  – it's also a place of malicious mermaids, feisty fairies and the devious Captain Hook, who is plotting on Skull Island with a band of fearsome pirates. Can Wendy defeat them to save her new-found friends?

This new Birmingham-set version will make you fall in love with the family favourite all over again.

 Why did we choose this play? This reimagined version of Peter Pan is on at The REP this Winter and takes a very different approach to the story of Peter Pan.

Read the play, see the show.
Peter Pan is at The REP 30 November 2019 - 19 January 2020
For more information and to book tickets click here
 

23 January, This Restless House by Zinnie Harris
7pm-9pm,Thimblemill Library,Thimblemill Rd, Smethwick B67 5RJ

Aeschylus' Oresteia opens with Agamemnon sacrificing his daughter to the gods; an act which sets in motion a bloody cycle of revenge and counter-revenge. When he in turn is killed at the hands of his wife Clytemnestra, their son Orestes takes up the mantle of avenging his father, continuing the bloodshed until peace is ultimately found in the rule of law. Zinnie Harris reimagines this ancient drama, using a contemporary sensibility to rework the stories, placing the women in the centre. Orestes' leading role is replaced by his sister Electra, who as a young child witnesses her father's murder and is compelled to take justice into her own hands until she too must flee the Furies.

Why did we choose this play? Beneath the City is an adaptation of Oresteia and we felt it would be great to see different takes on the Greek Tragedy.

Read one adaptation, see another!
Beneath the City is at The REP 16  -18 January 2020
For more information and to book tickets click here


For more information or if you have any questions, email Bhavik Parmar: bhavik.parmar@birmingham-rep.co.uk

Play In A Day

Discover a range of playwrights, styles and periods with our fun, informal Play-Reading Group. It's competely FREE to join, refreshments will be provided and there's no need to book so come along and join us.

23 January, This Restless House by Zinnie Harris
7pm-9pm,Thimblemill Library,Thimblemill Rd, Smethwick B67 5RJ

Aeschylus' Oresteia opens with Agamemnon sacrificing his daughter to the gods; an act which sets in motion a bloody cycle of revenge and counter-revenge. When he in turn is killed at the hands of his wife Clytemnestra, their son Orestes takes up the mantle of avenging his father, continuing the bloodshed until peace is ultimately found in the rule of law. Zinnie Harris reimagines this ancient drama, using a contemporary sensibility to rework the stories, placing the women in the centre. Orestes' leading role is replaced by his sister Electra, who as a young child witnesses her father's murder and is compelled to take justice into her own hands until she too must flee the Furies.

Why did we choose this play? Beneath the City is an adaptation of Oresteia and we felt it would be great to see different takes on the Greek Tragedy.

Read one adaptation, see another!
Beneath the City is at The REP 16  -18 January 2020
For more information and to book tickets click here.

27th February, Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
7pm-9pm,Thimblemill Library,Thimblemill Rd, Smethwick B67 5RJ

Weary of academic study, an eminent scholar turns to magic and makes a deal with the Devil. Mephistopheles will serve him and give him whatever he wants, but after twenty-four years Faustus must keep his side of the bargain.

Why did we choose this play? This February we have a new play by Chris Bush on Faustus that Damned Woman so we thought it would be interesting to read the original.

Read the play, see the adaptation!
Faustus that Damned Woman is at The REP between 26th February to 7th March
For more information and to book tickets click here

26th March, The Imaginary Invalid by Molière
7pm-9pm,Thimblemill Library,Thimblemill Rd, Smethwick B67 5RJ

A hypochondriac, victimized by pompous physicians, tests the loyalty of a loving daughter and discovers the contempt of his scheming and greedy second wife. This classic comedy from one of the most brilliant satirists in the history of literature deflates the pretensions of society and reveals the universal frailties of humanity.

Why did we choose this play? This March we have Molière's Tartuffe at the REP and wanted to explore other great writing by the same playwright.

Read the play, watch another play by the same writer!
Tartuffe is at The REP between 20th March to 4th April
For more information and to book tickets click here

30th April, Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare. Directed by Amit Sharma.
7pm-9pm,Thimblemill Library,Thimblemill Rd, Smethwick B67 5RJ

You know the story.
A long standing dispute
A fleeting encounter that sparks a love affair
A love so powerful it's enough to risk losing respect and even life for.
This is the greatest love story ever told.

Shakespeare's iconic story of romantic woe is transported from Verona to Birmingham in a contemporary heart-stopping version for today.

Why did we choose this play? The REP's Deputy Artistic Director, Amit Sharma is directing Romeo & Juliet at the REP this April, and will be attending this play-reading session! Get to read extracts from the script and speak to the Director himself!

See the play, and then come and then read it with the Director!
Romeo & Juliet is at The REP between 16th to 25th April
For more information and to book tickets click here

 

28th May, Gut Girls by Sarah Daniels
7pm-9pm,Thimblemill Library,Thimblemill Rd, Smethwick B67 5RJ

The women of Deptford Foreign Cattle Market are up to their elbows in the guts of animals, working twelve or thirteen hours a day preparing meat for London's butcher shops. They are pilloried, and marginalised, even if they are well-paid. One local well-to-do woman decides that the Christian thing to do would be to 'Improve' them. Gut Girls contrasts the bloody mess of independence and solidarity with the apparently pristine face of upper-class life.

Why did we choose this play? Gut Girls is set in Victorian London. Since we have Oliver Twist at the REP this May we felt it would be great to read a play in the same time period.

See the play, read another from the same time period!
Oliver Twist is at The REP between 29th April to 9th May
For more information and to book tickets click here


For more information or if you have any questions, email Bhavik Parmar: bhavik.parmar@birmingham-rep.co.uk

Write Away

Write Away is The REP's new writing project, working with adults from across the region to develop their playwriting skills.

The group work with REP staff studying a range of different skills and techniques to develop their writing skills and look at how to get started in playwriting. There is also the chance to meet other people who are interested in writing for theatre and share work with the group.

Participants for Write Away will be selected from people who have taken part in Play In A Day sessions taking place across the city. The course is free to participants who are selected.

For more information please email scripts@birmingham-rep.co.uk

Community Casting

A community cast is composed of talented volunteer performers from the local area who are given the chance to perform alongside professional actors in a REP show, sometimes for fun, sometimes as a step on the road to a professional acting career. Former REP community cast members have gone on to work with Bristol Old Vic, the National Theatre and the RSC.

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