The REP's Learning & Participation team work with about twenty schools and universities all year round and work with many more on one-off sessions and specially-designed projects. We have a wide range of experience and expertise which we can bring into your school to introduce students to our productions, particular topics or strengthen their understanding of a particular area of drama or theatre.
Alongside many other bespoke projects and events, we also offer:
Practical workshops provide students with a chance to explore and discover the key themes and ideas of productions.
Opportunities to ask questions directly to cast members and creative teams.
Book a backstage tour and discover what happens behind the scenes of our productions.
Membership A FREE membership offering access to our discounted schools' rates, regular email and postal updates and postal updates, and invitations to selected networking events and previews throughout the year.
If you're interested in any of the opportunities mentioned above or in the drop-down menus below, please email email@example.com or give us a call on 0121 245 2092.
Birmingham Repertory Theatre is a registered Arts Award Supporter, with members of staff currently trained as advisers in Discover, Explore, Bronze and Silver Awards.
We have a range of activities available that are designed to support children and young people in achieving across the full range of Arts Awards.
Information on pre/post show workshops and bespoke packages can be found here: https://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/get-involved/education/
Information on backstage tours and booking information can be found here: https://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on/backstage-tour-schools.html alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a bespoke tour.
Part A – discover
- Participate in a schools workshop
- Take part in a backstage tour
- Attend a performance at the theatre; specially discounted tickets are available on many shows for school groups, pre and post show workshops are also available
Part B – find out
- Attend a performance at the theatre and take part in a post show discussion
Part A – inspire
- Participate in a schools workshop
Part B – explore
- Take part in a backstage tour
Part C – create
- Take part in a practical workshop to create an original piece of performance
- Attend a performance at the theatre followed by a post show workshop exploring the play and create an original response to the story
Part A – explore the arts as a participant
- Participate in a schools workshop
Part B – explore the arts as an audience member
- Attend a performance at the theatre; specially discounted tickets are available on many shows for school groups
- Take part in a post-show discussion
Part C – arts inspiration
- Visit the theatre and be introduced to the work of a director or playwright;
- Attend an in conversation with a director/writer
Unit 1, Part C – review arts events
- Attend a performance at the theatre; specially discounted tickets are available on many shows for schools groups
- Take part in a post-show discussion at the theatre
Unit 1, Part D – arts research
- Take part in an Careers Day to find out about careers development for theatre practitioners, bespoke packages are available and can include a backstage tour, Q&A with REP staff and a careers workshop
For further information please email email@example.com or call 0121 245 2092
REP Insight Packs
Do you want to find out more about the production you are coming to see?
Do you need ideas to follow up the theatre experience in the classroom?
Then REP Insight Packs are for you. They are available to download from this website and contain ideas for classroom activities to complement your visit to The REP along with background information on the plays, performers and creative team.
You'll find the downloads on each show's webpage.
Do you want a summer school?
Every year we offer Summer Schools for children and young people of all ages at The REP and in schools. These have included Spy Schools, Super Hero Adventures, Plays in a Week and performance projects linked to our own productions
We can create a bespoke summer school for your pupils to take place in your school. Call 0121 245 2092 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to find out more.
Birmingham Education Partnership's Secondary Drama Teachers' Network
This network meets termly at The REP and is driven by its members. So far teachers have enjoyed workshops on Shakespeare, devising and monologues as well as networking opportunities with FE and HE providers and discounted tickets to REP productions. New members are always welcome.
For more information please email email@example.com
Penguins Teachers Preview
Thursday 25th January 2018 4.00 - 5.30
Birmingham Repertory Theatre (meet at Stage Door on Cambridge Street)
An opportunity for teachers to see a run through of Penguins in the rehearsal room and be introduced to the accompanying resource materials by Andrew Moffat MBE. They provide support for schools to teach about different families and prepare children for 'life in modern Britain' where they are going to meet, live with and work alongside different people as they grow in to citizens. The materials use key scenes from the production to explore understanding around families, gender and identity. Full lesson plans are included which support SMSC and PSHE strands of the curriculum.
Primary Playhouse Project
The REP is working in collaboration with Plymouth Theatre Royal, Bristol Old Vic, Polka Theatre, London and York Theatre Royal to commission new plays for primary school age performers.
High quality plays for primary school aged groups can often be difficult to find. By teaming up with some of the most exciting writers in the country, your class will get to explore a play that is enjoyable for them and their audience. The plays will be specifically designed to offer performance opportunities to a group of up to 30 pupils featuring themes and ideas relevant to them.
This is a great CPD opportunity for teachers who will be directing the productions. The experience kicks off with a directors' residential weekend in March in Tewkesbury to work with the playwrights and learn from professional directors. Teachers will then stage the play at their school before coming to The REP in June to perform as part of The Playhouse Festival 2018.
Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 March 2018 - Director's weekend at a hotel in Gloucestershire
March 2018–June 2018 - Rehearsals in school, including a visit from a REP director
June/July TBC 2018 - Technical rehearsal in the day and performance at The REP at 6pm
Toy Theatres Project
This involves students creating their own plays, toy theatres, and puppets with a playwright and a visual artist over the course of seven half-day sessions. The project culminates in a Toy Theatre Festival, in which pupils will get the chance to perform their own plays using their toy theatres. Some pupils will see their plays performed by professional actors in a life sized toy theatre.
Studying DNA this year? Why not come and see our production this Spring?
If you want to organise a school trip during term-time, these are the performances for you:
Tue 27 March, 7:45pm
Wed 28 March, 7:45pm
Thu 29 March, 7pm
If your students bring themselves along to a performance during the Easter break they can also take part in a series of exciting practical workshops designed for those studying the text:
Tue 3 April 3:30-6:30pm DNA revision workshop 1 – From Page to Stage
Wed 4 April 3:30-6:30pm DNA revision workshop 2 – Characterisation
Thu 5 April 3:30-6:30pm DNA revision workshop 3 – Exploring Themes
Cost: £25 per participant (includes ticket to performance at 7:45pm on the same day)
Fri 6 April 6-7pm Free pre-show discussion with members of the production team
Also, keep an eye on the production page of our website for the DNA Insight Pack.
Our Country's Good
Workshop 1: The Themes of Our Country's Good – Suitable for 14+, up to 30 participants
This provocative workshop explores division, transformation and human dignity. Using a variety of different creative approaches, students will have the opportunity to devise their own transformative dramatic responses.
Workshop 2: Characters and Relationships in Our Country's Good – Suitable for 14+, up to 30 participants
An insightful practical workshop designed to help students to uncover the characters' motivations, fears and desires. A range of imaginative activities will encourage students to actively explore and interrogate the key relationships.
Length: 2 hours
Cost: £125+VAT per workshop
Make it count!
Coinciding with THIS HOUSE Round Midnight are touring Midlands schools with a new hour long Theatre in Education programme for Key Stage 3 which educates young people about parliament, democracy, active citizenship and British Values. Performances in schools are FREE until the end of March For further information or to book contact Sami at Round Midnight on 0121 440 8188 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVE THE DATE - THE BIG ARTS AND EDUCATION DEBATE!
Friday 20th April, 2 – 5pm in The HOUSE at The REP
Speakers from across the UK will provide their insights into the current state of the arts in education.
For further details see our website or email email@example.com
REP Show Workshops
If you are planning to bring a school party to a REP production or would like to follow up your students' theatre visit, why not book a workshop? Workshops use games, role-play and devising techniques to explore text, characters and theatre genres. Workshops strengthen students' understanding and appreciation of the production that they have seen or are about to see. Alternatively if there is a particular text or theatre technique that your students are studying, we can tailor workshops to suit your needs. Workshops are designed to take place in your school hall or drama studio and can accommodate up to thirty pupils.
Page to Stage Talk - 'The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe'
Following the production process of The REP's hugely successful The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, this talk is perfect for Performing and Production Arts students and can be delivered at The REP or in your school/college.
Dates: The talk can be delivered throughout the year.
Cost: £40 + VAT
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0121 245 2092.
The REP works in close partnership with universities locally, nationally and internationally. These partnerships involve career events and industry days, performance opportunities including an annual student drama showcase, co-teaching and training. We also create bespoke one-off workshops and events for HE institutions.
Recruitment for Year 10 & Year 11 Summer Term 2018 is now open!
In order to be considered for our work experience placements you must complete and submit an application form which can be found on the right hand side of this page. Please note, CVs and covering letters will not be accepted.
Deadline for applications is Friday 30th March 2018.
Shortlisted candidates will be notified by Friday 13th April 2018 and invited to an interview.
Due to the large number of applications we receive we are unable to contact unsuccessful candidates or provide any feedback.
If you have not heard from us by Friday 13th April 2018, unfortunately you have been unsuccessful.
We are unable to offer any Further Education/Higher Education placements at this time.