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R & D's at The Rep

Apply to develop your creative work with us here at The Rep

We’re proud to have launched a new programme of R&D opportunities for companies and practitioners to explore new ideas and develop their work here in Birmingham at The Rep.

We offer six R&D opportunities a year that fall in-between our programmed schedule of performances. Four of these R&Ds are for people, projects and groups who specifically live, work or learn in the West Midlands. The remaining two are not restricted by location, and we welcome applicants from all over the UK.

From Monday to Friday (10 – 6pm), you’ll have exclusive use of our smallest venue, The Door (133 audience capacity), to develop a project, play or performance in an established and supportive setting. During these times you will be on-site at the same time as relevant Rep staff and will have a constant point of contact during your R&D.

(We recognise that freelance artists have many different working hours, and these hours may not be possible for everyone. As we develop our R&D offer, we are starting with a schedule that allows us to give artists the best support. As our Talent Development programme grows, we hope to expand our R&D offer.)

Available R&D dates for 2024 are:



Mon 12 – Fri 16 Feb

Mon 4 – Fri 8 Mar

Mon 24 – Fri 28 Jun


Mon 5 – Fri 9 Aug

Mon 23 – Thu 26 Sep (4 days)

Mon 7 – Fri 11 Oct

How to apply:

To apply for an R&D at The Rep, please complete the form below. Applications for each slot will close 4-weeks ahead of the start date, to give enough time for selection to take place.



Have a question?

If you have any questions or queries, please contact with the subject line ‘R&D’ for further assistance.