REP Insight Packs

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 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

Primary Schools


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.

Key Dates:
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.

Secondary Schools and Colleges


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 GoodSuitable 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


This House

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



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


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 or call 0121 245 2092.

Higher Education

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.


Work Experience

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.