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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): £57.50
Please email learning@birmingham-rep.co.uk for more information.

Light Post Theatre Company

WE ARE CURRENTLY RECRUITING FOR NEW MEMBERS

Light Post Theatre Company is made up of young black and dual heritage men aged 16 to 26. Participants meet every week at The REP working to build resilience, increase communication skills, develop confidence, learn theatre techniques and regularly perform at the theatre.

The group meets at The REP every Thursday at 6:30pm-9pm.

There is no cost involved.

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

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

18 April, Jekyll & Hyde by Evan Placey
7pm-9pm
A timely new take on the chilling tale. Harriet Jekyll's investigation into her husband's mysterious death has taken her into a dark and dangerous world. A gothic world of science, taverns and misogyny that no decent Victorian woman has dared to enter before. 

Read the play, see the show.
Jekyll & Hyde is on stage, at The REP 18-27 April
For more information and to book tickets click here.

16 May, Lions and Tigers by Tanika Gupta
7pm-9pm

Lions and Tigers charts Dinesh Gupta's emotional and political awakening as this extraordinary 19 year old pits himself against the British Raj. Culminating in actions that shook the foundations of the British Empire, Lions and Tigers challenges our assumptions about Indian independence and offers new insights into the battles between the British lions and the Bengal tigers.

Why did we choose this play? Lions and Tigers looks at partitions in the political structures of India and Pakistan. Similar to A Thousand Splended Suns on at the REP between 2 - 18 May, both plays looks at countries struggling through war or political turmoil.

13 June, Birdsong by Rachel Wagstaff 
7pm-9pm
In pre-war France, a young Englishman, Stephen Wraysford, embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire that turns their world upside down. As war breaks out, Stephen must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme, clinging to the memory of Isabelle as his world explodes around him.

Why did we choose this play? Birdsong is a beautiful story of love and war, how distance makes us make difficult choices. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, on the REP 29 May - 15 June also looks at an unforgettable love story set on the Greek Island of Kefalonia against the turbulent backdrop of World War II.

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

 

Play In A Day

22 July - 9 August

Develop new skills and discover theatre on your doorstep with a free theatre workshop.

This fun and informative free new workshop introduces you to the skills and understanding to bring stories from your communities to life on stage.

To secure a place on one of our exciting Play In A Day workshops, simply call or email the relevant contact listed below.

Mon 22 Jul | 12-4pm | Birmingham Settlement
359-361 Witton Road, Birmingham, B6 6NS
0121 250 0777 | info@bsettlement.org.uk

Tue 23 Jul | 12-3pm | Dolphin Women's Centre
Ward End Park, Washwood Heath Road, Birmingham, B8 2HB
0121 326 8343

Mon 5 Aug | 4-7pm | Haven Community Project
Welsh House Farm Community School, Welsh House Farm Road,
Harborne, B32 2NG | 0121 681 0388

Tue 6 Aug | 5-8pm | The Pump
286 Kitts Green Road, Birmingham, B33 9SB
0121 675 8381 | enquiry@thepump.org.uk

Wed 7 Aug | 10am-4pm | SIFA Fireside     
48-52 Allcock Street, Birmingham, B9 4DY
0121 766 1700 | office@sifafireside.co.uk

Fri 9 Aug | 11am-1pm | BID
Deaf Cultural Centre, Ladywood Road, Birmingham, B16 8SZ
0121 246 6100 | info@bid.org.uk


Our Play In A Day sessions happen all over the city, allowing communities to learn about the art of creating theatre and having a go themselves. If you would like more info, please email will.bourdillon@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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