Discover what goes on behind the scenes at Birmingham REP

Published: 8 June 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Birmingham REP is to give visitors a chance to see the workings of a producing theatre when it hosts a free discovery day with activities for all interests and ages.

As well as seeing behind the scenes, families will be able to take part in voice workshops which will give them the chance to recite lines from the REP’s main stage—one of the biggest in Europe. There will also be a drama workshop, Act Yourself, which will explore making theatre using different languages.

A display of theatrical costumes from recent productions will demonstrate the skill of the REP’s wardrobe department while children can enjoy dressing up, have their faces painted or get a fake, gruesome wound.

There will be Peter Pan-themed craft activities and also Peter Pan storytelling in the children’s library of the Library of Birmingham which is joined on to the REP. Peter Pan will be the REP's 2019 Christmas production.

Open Theatre, a company that uses non-verbal physical theatre to collaborate with young people with learning disabilities, will present pop-up performances throughout the day including knockabout comedy with Juke and Lake’s Box of Tricks and the Nosey Parkas.

For those interested in working in theatre, staff will be on hand throughout the day to talk about apprenticeships at the REP and careers in theatre.

The discovery day will be held at Birmingham REP on Saturday 22 June from 11AM until 5PM.