The Sir Barry Jackson Trust
In 1935, Sir Barry Jackson founded a trust to run Birmingham Repertory Theatre (effectively donating it to the city) and following his death in 1961, the Sir Barry Jackson Trust became a theatre charity.
In 1986, the Trust's income was dramatically increased, when the about-to-be-abolished West Midlands Metropolitan County Council donated a large sum for the promotion of touring theatre in the region.
Since then the Trust has donated well over half a million pounds to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre's community tours to schools and other venues in Birmingham and beyond.
ln addition, the County Fund has given well over £300,000 to other touring companies in the region ,including Big Brum, Banner Theatre, The Shysters and Theatre Absolute. The Trust supports educational work in theatre through a bequest from the Hornton Foundation and continues to look after Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company's archive, relying on donations and legacies to support its work.
In 2003 the Trust published a new history of Birmingham Repertory Theatre to complement earlier books by T C Kemp and J C Trewin. Claire Cochrane's The Birmingham REP: A City's Theatre 1962-2002 tells the dramatic story of the company's 1971 move from Station St into its new Broad St home, the development of its studio theatre as a venue dedicated to the production of new plays and its continued commitment present world standard classical and contemporary drama to a demanding and increasingly diverse audience on its main stage.
The Sir Barry Jackson Trust
The Sir Barry Jackson County Fund
- Cllr B. Bowles
- R S Burman
- L A Chorley
- Prof. C Cochrane
- D B Edgar
- lA King
- A Maxwell
- Ms L Morgan
- Mrs D Shaw
- C R G Winteringham
- S J GiII
The Sir Barry Jackson Trust can be contacted by emailing email@example.com
The Sir Barry Jackson Trust funds small-scale, touring and educational theatre projects in the West Midlands. Based on money left by Sir Barry Jackson (founder of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre) the Trust now administers three different funds.
The aims, purposes and criteria of the three funds are as follows:
The County Fund funds or assists the presentation of high-standard productions of plays which fulfill some or all of the following criteria:
- Suitable for urban audiences with little or no previous theatre experience.
- Intellectually challenging and artistically inventive.
- Touring predominantly or extensively in the metropolitan districts of Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
In addition grants from the County Fund may occasionally be devoted to:
- Developing the abilities and understanding of young people in the art of drama through educational work based in schools and colleges in the above area.
- Expanding the awareness and appreciation of live theatre.
The Hornton Fund is dedicated to the development of talent in children and young people in the West Midlands, particularly in the arts, and we administer those funds dedicated to theatre. Grants under the Hornton Fund go to projects which are:
- Based in Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
- Particularly but not exclusively concerned with enabling children and young people (25 and under) from disadvantaged backgrounds to develop talents in the theatre crafts (including acting and writing).
The Sir Barry Jackson Trust Fund (“the traditional fund”) is dedicated to the promotion of the art of theatre in the region. In the past this fund has financed:
- Purchases connected with Sir Barry's memory
- Equipment at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre
- Education work with new writers
- New play commissions
Further information and guidance on how to apply, the funds available and application stipulations can be found in the attached files. Please read carefully
The completed application form and budget together with the contact details must be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org