Kids Ahoy! The REP Marks The Spot for Treasure Island Schools Festival
This week over 600 local children and young adults will perform in our Treasure Islands Schools Festival. Throughout the Autumn term, The REP's primary and secondary school partners have been creating their own Treasure Island-inspired plays full of pirates, ships and adventures and ranging in style from rap to African drumming, traditional storytelling to musical theatre. All the pieces are being performed to invited audiences every day this week.
The Treasure Island Schools Festival started in September when local primary school pupils discovered old treasure chests containing all sorts of treasure and antiques to inspire their stories. The chests also contained email addresses of primary schoolchildren in Spain and South Korea who had islands within eyesight of their school grounds and whose local history was rich with stories of pirates and smuggling. Through email conversations with their new international friends the pupils here in Birmingham wrote their plays to include the inspirational ideas, stories and facts they were sent.
Daniel Tyler, Head of Education at Birmingham Repertory Theatre said:
“It's amazing to have so many local young people performing at The REP this week with their own original plays and musical pieces. We've got 18-25 year olds as well as teenagers and primary school children all taking part and their plays have been fantastic. We're also hugely grateful to our international partner schools for their input into our creative theatre-making process!”
The schools and organisations presenting work at The REP this week are: Billesley Primary, Nansen Academy, Adderley Primary, Mayfield School, Meadows Sports College, Nishkam High School, SIFA Fireside, Virtual School, Gunter Primary, Hillstone Academy, Cherry Orchard Primary, Lozells Primary School, Grove Primary School, Robin Hood Academy, Peter's Hill Primary and Lightpost Theatre Company.