Birmingham Repertory Theatre


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Deliverer of the Technical Apprentices Programme; Pen2Paper EQUAL Writers Attachment Programme;
and Young REP Mentoring initiative.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre is one of Britain’s leading national producing theatre companies.  From its base in Birmingham, The REP produces over twenty new productions each year.

Having recently taken over as Artistic Director, Rachel Kavanaugh’s first season of work, for Spring and Summer 2007 has included Martha Josie And The Chinese Elvis, which played at The REP prior to touring, a new adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, by Bryony Lavery; and a major revival of Terry Johnson’s outrageous comedy Hysteria; as well as the world premieres of this captivating new play Taking Care Of Baby and Jennifer Farmer’s Bulletproof Soul.

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The commissioning and production of new work lies at the core of The REP’s programme.  The Door was established eight years ago as a theatre dedicated to the production and presentation of new writing.  In this time, it has given world premieres to new plays from a new generation of British playwrights.  The REP itself received The Peggy Ramsay Award for New Writing, enabling the development and commissioning of more new plays for the future.

Developing new and particularly younger audiences is also at the heart of The REP’s work, in its various Education initiatives, such as Transmissions, The Young REP, REP’s Children, as well as with the programming of work in The Door for children.

The REP’s productions regularly transfer to London and tour nationally and internationally.  Recent transfers and tours have included Glorious!, The Birthday Party, The Witches, Through The Woods, Of Mice And Men, A Doll’s House, The Crucible, Celestina, Hamlet, The Ugly Eagle, The Old Masters, The Snowman, The Gift, Behsharam (Shameless) and The Ramayana.

Artistic Director Rachel Kavanaugh
Executive Director Stuart Rogers
Associate Director (Literary) Ben Payne

Box Office: 0121 236 4455
Administration: 0121 245 2000
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Birmingham Repertory Theatre is a registered charity, number 223660

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The Rep and Equal

The Rep operated two different schemes as part of the Equal: The Last Mile Programme. They were:

Technical Apprentices Scheme

Six young people (aged from 16 to 22) from Birmingham were given the opportunity to undertake an 18-month long paid apprenticeship in various backstage skills, based at the Rep. Each of the apprentices chose the particular skills area in which they were interested and then worked in the appropriate department, alongside the Rep’s permanent staff for the period. The six departments involved were Lighting, Sound, Stage Management, Wardrobe, Stage Technical and Wigs & Make-up. In addition to learning “on-the-job” alongside their professional colleagues by working on all the shows that the Rep produced over the 18-month period, each apprentice also undertook a tailor-made “off-the-job” training programme during their apprenticeship.

Five of the six young people have subsequently been employed by the Rep as casual staff in their specialist areas, three of them have also already had work from other arts venues in the region and one of the six is currently employed as a technician on a show doing a six-month UK tour.

Pen 2 Paper

Pen 2 Paper offered 12 local aspiring writers the chance to develop their skills in writing for theatre, film, television and radio with the aid of input from professional writers, dramaturgs and directors. A tailor-made programme of work was created for each writer over the period of a year, culminating in a public showcase of one particular piece of work (or extract) that each writer had developed over the period.

All 12 writers are now pursuing freelance careers. Four of the writers have subsequently been commissioned to write full-length plays for the Rep. One writer has been commissioned by Kali Theatre Company, commissioned by BBCTV for Doctors series and won a South Bank Award. One writer has won the national Alfred Fagon Award for British Black writers, and is now working with Royal Court Theatre and Stratford East Theatre in London. One writer has had a play commissioned and produced at The Drum, Birmingham.