Birmingham REP holds weekly Zoom chats

Published: 9 June 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Developing relationships: Sean Foley Credit: Kris Askey

Birmingham REP has begun a series of free conversations, insights and masterclasses so that artists, creators, actors and audiences can ask questions and exchange ideas.

Artistic director Sean Foley is hosting REPurposed on Zoom along with deputy artistic director Amit Sharma. Foley said, “it’s a chance to develop relationships and share common purpose within the theatre industry in Birmingham, regionally and nationally, and to explore together what the future can look like.”

REPurposed will take place on Zoom every Tuesday evening between 5:45 and 7PM. Each week will focus on a different theme and participants are invited to sign up to as many as they want.

On Tuesday 9 June, the REP invites writers to join a discussion about staying creative during lockdown and how the REP can help. Foley and Sharma will be joined by REP literary associate Tanika Gupta MBE. She has written more than 20 stage plays including an adaptation of Meera Syal’s novel Anita and Me which had its première at the REP in 2015.

The support that actors need will be discussed on 16 June and the following week creatives will be able to connect with the REP. The theatre is inviting independent theatre companies from across the West Midlands to talk on 30 June about key issues they are facing and on 7 July Foley will hold a masterclass on approaches to writing and directing comedy.

Details about how to book are available at the Birmingham REP web site.