The REP offers a variety of ways for the local community to get involved and learn more about theatre. From seeing a show and undertaking a backstage tour to visiting an Open Day or performing with a community cast - the choice is yours!
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.
Saturday 19 May
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
Discover a range of playwrights, styles and periods with our fun, informal Play-Reading Group.
The group is completely free and the readings take place in The REP's Foyer from 7.30pm.
Find out what we're reading next here.
For more information or if you have any questions, email Tom Saunders: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.