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Uncommon Riches Festival

A Young Rep Original Festival

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Uncommon Riches is an epic festival led by children and young people and inspired by the Commonwealth Games. As Birmingham takes centre stage for the Games, The Rep’s stage will be filled with 1000 young people  across 7 jam-packed days, celebrating our place in the world through 40 performances made with Commonwealth countries from across the globe.

Performers aged 7 to 25 from The Rep’s Young Rep programme for under 25s and partner schools from across the city will showcase music, dance and storytelling exploring the impact of global warming.

Performances include The Last (plastic) Straw, a brilliant new play by Birmingham playwright, Rae Mainwaring with young people as a driving force for change and ensemble pieces with 100 young people created in collaboration with some of the most exciting artists from the Midlands region.

Don’t miss this exciting showcase of new work from the next generation of global theatre-makers.

Schedule & Prices

Sat 16 Jul, 2.15pm

The Last (Plastic) Straw, Young Rep Juniors

Price: £12


Sat 16 Jul, 7.15pm

Double Bill: Hope and To Anyone Who Cares, Young Rep Intermediates and Seniors

Price: £12


Mon 18 Jul, 5.30pm

Double Bill: When This Is All Over and Open Theatre

Price: £6


Tue 19 Jul, 7pm

Twelfth Night, Young Rep Company

Price: £12


Wed 20 Jul, 11am

Double Bill: Adult Drama and LouDeemY

Price: £6


Wed 20 Jul, 7pm

Midsummer Night Dream, Young Rep Company

Price: £12

The Last (plastic) Straw

Climate change, plastic waste and sea temperatures rising. This really is the last straw. Action is needed and the children of the world are taking matters into their own hands!

Join them as they strike out together, determined to be heard.

Are they too small to really make a big difference?

Can they make the grown ups listen?

This exclusive reworking of Rae Mainwaring’s play about the power of collective protest is written specifically for younger performers and performed by our Young Rep Juniors.

Director: Jasmin Hylton

See the full cast list here.

Double Bill: Hope and To Anyone Who Cares

The Young Rep Intermediate and Senior companies have written and devised two brand new pieces of theatre tackling climate change. This double bill is guaranteed to be a gripping evening of theatre.

HOPE is written and devised by Young Rep Intermediates, developed with Movement Director Steady Steadman and our Young Rep Directors, Becky Deeks and Jasmin Hylton.

To Anyone Who Cares is written and devised by Young Rep Seniors, developed with Movement Director Johnny Autin and our Young Rep Directors, Becky Deeks and Jasmin Hylton.

Assistant directors: Ella Kirk-Bower, Janeel Brown, Emma Large, Ashleigh Kerr and Ricky Gogana.

Double Bill: When This Is All Over and Open Theatre

Does anyone really know where their story starts?
Do you?
Maybe it only really starts when you tell it.
Maybe it’s starting right now.

Devised against the backdrop of an ever-changing world in the wake of COVID-19, a group of young people have come together to tell the story of their lives – past, present and future. Initially created on Zoom and then staged in December 2021 at The Rep, the company are thrilled to be re-mounting this performance for Uncommon Riches Festival. When This is All Over captures the extraordinary, funny and surprising moments that can change our lives forever. Devised by the Young Rep company with Filiz Ozcan and Robert Beck. As part of Company Three’s When This is All Over Project.


Open Theatre use nonverbal physical theatre to collaborate with young people with learning disabilities, creating quality art which reflects and celebrates their unique creativity. They wholeheartedly believe in the ability of young people with learning disabilities to contribute to the creative and cultural life of the places where they live, and work as advocates for their valued involvement as artists and leaders.

For Uncommon Riches they are creating a physical theatre response to the Commonwealth Games and what it means to us as young people who live in and around Birmingham. It will be wacky, wild and one to remember!

Twelfth Night 

If music be the food of love, play on…

The Young Rep The Company put a noughties twist on Shakespeare’s classic, Twelfth Night. Now set in 2002 and featuring live music, join us for the original romcom.

See the full cast list here.

Music arranged by: Bob Cheel, Alice McGowan, Ella Kirk-Bower and Tyriq Baker.

Directors: Becky Deeks and Alice Chambers

Movement Director: Lucy Wild

Musical Director: Bob Cheel

Composers: Tyriq Baker and members of the company

Double Bill: LouDeemY and Adult Drama

LouDeemY Productions are a theatre and arts company who create and deliver exciting, unique and innovative multimedia Performance, Poetry, Comedy, Drama, Theatre, Film, and Photography. Their performance will include poetry from some of their participants and a short extract from their play What Myra DID, which gives the audience a peek into the life of women living with Dissociative Identity Disorder (D.I.D). The play contains adult themes, possible triggers and strong language, and is recommended for ages 18+


Adult Drama is a diverse group of performers from across the city and the region who meet weekly to share and create theatre. In recent years the Adult Drama company have performed in Beneath the City (2020), Scenes From A Brummie Iliad (2019) alongside Lightpost Theatre and group members have been involved as community cast in shows such as Woyzeck (2018), Anita and Me (2015) and Stadium (2017). This summer the Adult Drama Company explores the ways in which the Commonwealth impacts people today. From the inspiration and celebration that comes with the games to the stories that unpick a world of difference. We reflect on history and ask questions of the future. How rich can the Commonwealth be?

Midsummer Night's Dream

I have had a most rare vision…

Young Rep The Company travel to a planet where jealous fairies and gods control proceedings. Take a trip with us out of this world in a large scale physical ensemble piece featuring music composed by Tyriq Baker.

See the full cast list here.

Director: Becky Deeks and Alice Chambers

Movement Director: Lucy Wild

Music composed by Tyriq Baker and Alice McGowan

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