Fundraising Gala Raises The Curtain On REP FIRST Appeal
Theatre-goers and local business raised over £17,500 at a fundraising gala for Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Saturday 1 July. The evening was a celebration of the city's leading producing theatre and also marked the launch of The REP's major new fundraising campaign.
As a registered charity, the money raised from the evening will go towards REP First – a campaign launched by The REP aimed at raising £1million over the next three years. The REP First campaign will support three core areas of the theatre's work; nurturing young performers and theatre makers, creating new works, and reaching out to new audiences and communities.
At the gala, guests were taken on a journey through Alice in Wonderland, enjoying a themed dinner on The REP's vast stage and pop-up surprise theatrical performances by characters such as the White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts and the Cheshire Cat. The event was designed by recent graduates from Birmingham City University (BCU), Paige Curtis and Jennifer Shinton, who worked alongside The REP's production team to bring their ideas to life.
The evening also featured a show-stopping auction of exclusive items including a portrait of famous actor and REP Patron, David Suchet, an exquisite piece of Alice in Wonderland inspired jewellery designed by BCU graduate, Katy Tromans, and a special opportunity to join the Stage Management team at The REP for the day.
Angela Maxwell, Chair of Birmingham Repertory Theatre said:
“The fundraising gala celebrated The REP as an ambitious and thriving theatre at the heart of Birmingham. We are incredibly grateful for the support given by our guests on the night, and the money raised is a positive step towards achieving our £1million target over the next three years.”
Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director also said:
“The REP has always been a pioneering theatre and being 'first' is in our DNA. Throughout our history we have helped shape theatre in this country and launched the careers of many famous actors, writers and directors, and more importantly inspired the people of Birmingham and beyond that theatre is for everyone and can help transform lives. Our REP First campaign to raise £1million over the next three years will ensure we continue to do this for years to come.”
Further information on how you can support the REP First campaign can be found here.
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