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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 Tuesday evenings and Thursday 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 call the box office on 0121 236 4455 to book your place

Poet's Place

The REP Mezzanine. Fortnightly on Saturdays 3-5pm. Free

Organised by Apples and Snakes, Poets' Place is an informal gathering of poets that meets twice a month. Poets' Place is an opportunity for local poets to meet like-minded people, give and solicit feedback on poetry, or write.

Sessions has a relaxed format of sharing and offering feedback on poems, a bulletin of upcoming events and opportunities in the West Midlands, followed by an optional writing exercise. Poets can write to a theme in between sessions but this isn't essential.

Poets' Place can be used to make new friends, discover new poets, find out about poetry events, share and have your work critiqued, make new connections, write a new piece… Sharing, writing, and even talking is all optional - just come along. Poets' Place can be whatever you make it.

Local poet Jasmine Gardosi leads on Poets' Place and whether you are a published poet, a slam champion or someone who is just wondering whether poetry might be worth a try, stop by. There is no need to sign up or book a place; just show up with your poems or a blank notebook. There will be someone there to make you feel welcome.

There is a Poets' Place Facebook group that contains up to date information on session dates and themes. Find us at www.facebook.com/placeforpoets.

Upcoming Dates

Saturday 19 May

Up My Street

WE ARE CURRENTLY RECRUITING FOR NEW MEMBERS

Lightpost 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.

Lightpost is part of Up My Street – a scheme that seeks to improve mental well-being amongst young African and Afro Caribbean men funded by MIND.

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.

This season, the group will meet at Thimblemill Library and Bleakhouse Library.

11 October, 7pm–9pm
JOURNEY'S END BY R. C. SHERIFF
Bleakhouse Library, Bleakhouse Road, Oldbury, B68 9DS

This touching story about the horrors of war has become a classic piece of theatre since it first premiered in 1928. This play addresses human decency in a time where terror can be found everywhere you turn.

8 November, 7pm–9pm
HURT VILLAGE BY KATORI HALL
Thimblemill Library, Thimblemill Road, Smethwick, B67 5RJ

In advance of the upcoming production The Mountaintop, we explore another superb piece of writing by acclaimed writer Katori Hall. Set in the early noughties Hurt Village follows the stories of those who lived in a housing project initially developed in 1950s Memphis.

6th December, 7pm–9pm
THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE BY C. S. LEWIS & ADPATED BY ADRIAN MITCHELL
Bleakhouse Library, Bleakhouse Road, Oldbury, B68 9DS

Initially published in 1950, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was loved by adults and children alike. During this festive season, have a read of this hugely successful stage adaptation of C. S. Lewis' classic piece of children's literature.

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

Play In A Day

Come along to one of our Play In A Day sessions happening all over the city to learn about the art of play writing and have a go yourself. These sessions are free and open to anybody aged 18 or more in the West Midlands.

If you would like to get involved or have any questions, email our Community Engagement Producer, Rosalyn Lesurf-Olner on rosalyn.lesurf-olner@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 or rosalyn.lesurf-olner@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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