Donation Brings Treasured Memories for 4-year-old Alex
At the end of each run of shows, there are inevitably props and scenery which are no longer needed. Most are placed in storage and recycled in future productions, some get to find a new home.
Alex is a four year old boy on the autistic spectrum and obsessed with all things pirate. Using our subsidised access ticket scheme, Alex's mum brought him to see Treasure Island at Christmas. He loved it and the experience inspired his mum to contact the theatre to see if they could help in her quest to create a pirate-themed garden for Alex.
As a registered charity, The REP was keen to help but had to cover its costs. Staff pulled together, sourcing rope and a slatted chest, and thanks to a donation from an anonymous REP supporter, Alex and his mum came back to the theatre last Friday to collect their treasure. They were met at the stage door by 'Pirate Billy' who took them on a quest to find their “riches” and engaged Alex in a world of make-believe.
Afterwards, Alex's mum said “Thank you so much. Alex is so pleased with his treasure box. He loves lying inside - no toys are allowed in there, and it needs to stay in our house: He loves it that much! I have also been experimenting with the rope (sensory foot path) and have a plan of artificial grass, rope, pebbles and wood repeated all up our garden path as the path so he can feel the textures. For me it's that burst of hope, inspiration and energy I needed - a break from the old routine.”
The REP also raised funds from the recent sale of a model pirate ship which had been used for promotional purposes. Now it will next set sail in an upcoming production of Peter Pan by a local youth theatre group.
Birmingham Repertory Theatre is a registered charity. It relies on the generosity of donors to sustain its work both on stage and in the community, and to achieve its mission to produce excellent theatrical experiences - entertaining, enlightening and engaging the many diverse audiences of Birmingham and the surrounding region.
If you would like to help Birmingham Repertory Theatre give the gift of theatre to people like Alex and his mum, please visit https://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/support-us/donate.html or contact Rachel Cranny on 0121 245 2163.