REP man completes walk from Birmingham to London

Published: 1 September 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Steve Ball at the finishing line in Leicester Square Credit: Elliott Franks

Birmingham REP associate director Steve Ball raised more than £3,700 by walking 116 miles from the theatre to London’s Leicester Square in seven days.

He did his Step for the REP to secure funds for the theatre’s work with young people as well as highlighting how theatres across the country remain vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said, “I’m delighted to have completed my Step for the REP challenge. A huge thanks to all who’ve donated so far and shown their support. It was fantastic to be joined by friends, past and present staff and volunteers from the REP along my journey, including our artistic director Sean Foley who joined me for the final leg from Watford to Leicester Square.”

As a producing theatre, the REP generates 80% of its income through tickets, events and associated revenue. It has announced it will be reopening with a series of safety measures in line with current government regulations.

One of the first shows on stage will be the world première of Absolute Solo II by Birmingham-based choreographer Rosie Kay in the Studio on Saturday 21 November.