Community is at the heart of what we do. We want you to come and make theatre with us.
Furnace is The REP's pioneering community engagement programme that offers communities the opportunity to make a brand new piece of theatre that tells their story, reflects their experiences and celebrates their community.
This year, theatre makers from The REP will be in residence in five different Furnace Hubs around Birmingham. Working closely with communities, listening to local stories and learning about the people and places there, they will create a brand new piece of theatre with, for and about your community.
The Furnace Hubs and Theatre Makers are:
- Focus, Birmingham
Sara Hamilton Baker will be working with Focus, Birmingham, a charity supporting people with visual impairment.
- Welsh House Farm Big Local
Jay Crutchley will be working on the estate of Welsh House Farm with The Big Local.
- Ashiana Community Project, Sparkbrook
Manjeet Mann will be working with Ashiana Community Project
- Women of Worth
Caroline Wilkes and Rachael Mainwaring will be working with Women of Worth in Alum Rock and Birchfield Big Local
- Communities in Quinton
Graeme Rose will be working in Quinton with the local community, opening up dialogues and conversations about an unsolved murder that took place in the area in 1957. Do you or did you live in the Warley area in the 1950s? Do you remember Fred Jeffs or the sweet shop murder? Or perhaps you have an interest in the local history of this area?
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Performance Opportunity For West Midlands Dancers...
Are you a confident, local dancer looking to gain valuable performing experience? The REP and IDFB have teamed up to create a unique and exciting opportunity for some of the West Midlands' most passionate, non-professional performers!
Auditions: Saturday 24 February, 2018
We are on the hunt for individuals to help make up the 100 person Community Cast for our brand new production of Woyzeck; a story that celebrates fighting for a better life when everything else seems to be standing against you.
Under the direction of The REP's Artistic Director Roxana Silbert and award-winning choreographer Rosie Kay, dancers in the Community Cast will take part in a series of technique and skill development workshops. You will eventually perform the production on The REP's main stage in June 2018, part of the IDFB programme.
This is a brilliant opportunity for passionate dancers who aren't already working as professional performers, but may be looking to pursue a career in the industry. The Community Cast will be made up of a mixture of non-professional dancers, actors and circus performers.
Apply to audition...
Please email email@example.com with your name, contact telephone number and a few sentences detailing your dance experience or training. Please include the subject of your email as Woyzeck Dance Auditions.
The audition will comprise of a short dance class with Rosie Kay, followed by a 1-minute solo.
The deadline to apply is midday on Wednesday 21 February 2018.
All applicants must:
- Live in the West Midlands
- Not already be working as a professional actor or dancer
- Be able to commit to the final rehearsal and performance dates from 4 to 23 June 2018
- Have good availability from 21 May 2018 for rehearsals
- Be aged 18+
- Please note, this is an unpaid opportunity.
We Come and Pave the Streets with Gold Exhibition
St Barnabas Church, Erdington
Photographs taken by Birmingham based photographer, Sanjit Bhamra
Frames designed by Laura Stone
Stemming from a Furnace project by acclaimed theatre maker Selina Thompson, this new exhibition features and celebrates the unique people and places that make up Erdington High Street. It is a joyful celebration of the remarkable stories of Erdington. This touring exhibition is currently in place at St Barnabas Church in Erdington and is free to enter.
Other ways to get involved:
- Unleash your inner artist with our weekly art classes which cost just £5 - email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
- Stay for a free Post-Show Discussion.
- Visit REP Discovery days
- Play the piano in our foyer (ask at the Box Office counter for access).
- Discover a range of playwrights, styles and periods with our fun, informal Play-Reading Group.
If you have a story to share, please contact The REP's Community Engagement Producer, Rosalyn Lesurf-Olner by emailing email@example.com.