Rep children’s show to tour community venues

Published: 16 December 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

Nataylia Roni (mum), Dominic Rye (Cian) and Sam Butters (Jack) Credit: Graeme Braidwood

Birmingham Rep is to tour its children’s show Jack and the Magic Beanstalk to ten community venues across Birmingham, with tickets free or at a low cost because of support from the Sir Barry Jackson Trust.

Claire Cochrane from the trust said, “the Sir Barry Jackson Trust is committed to the enrichment of the community experience of live theatre in all its diversity. We’re proud to support this warm-hearted and hugely enjoyable retelling of a much-loved story which will delight young children and their families.”

Caroline Wilkes, director of Jack and the Magic Beanstalk, added, “it’s a real delight to be able to share this magical production with more young children from across Birmingham following our run at the Rep. Hundreds more children will have the opportunity to enjoy what may be their first experience of live theatre.”

The tour will visit Tipton Muslim Community Centre (4 January), Falcon Lodge Community Hub, Sutton Coldfield (5 January), Hollywood Preschool Daycare (6 January), West Heath Community Centre (7 January), Chinbrook Children's Centre (8 January), Welcome Change Community Centre (10 January), Sense TouchBase Pears, Selly Oak (11 January), Lodge Road Community Centre (12 January), Legacy Centre, Birmingham (14 January) and Dorothy Parkes Centre, Smethwick (15 January).

Jack and the Magic Beanstalk features Sam Butters as Jack, Nataylia Roni as mum and Dominic Rye as Cian. It is written by Katherine Chandler. Set and costumes are by Deborah Mingham, lighting design is by Sam Waddington, music is composed by Reisz Amos, assistant director is Janeel Brown and production manager is John Rowland.

Jack and the Magic Beanstalk continues at Birmingham Rep until Saturday 31 December.