For two weeks this July, over 200 young people from across Birmingham and the West Midlands will take to the stage for a Summer Festival of Theatre. Members of Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s youth theatre company, The Young REP will present 10 different plays at the Old Rep Theatre from 1 to 13 July.
The programme for the youthful and vibrant festival includes a broad range of plays from the classic A Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni to the world premiere of a new play, Girls Like That by Evan Placey. And, as The REP celebrates its centenary year the Young REP will present a fresh take on one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, Twelfth Night – the play which opened the theatre 100 years ago on the very same stage.
Jess Farmer, Director of Learning and Participation at The REP says of the festival:
“The Summer Festival is a two week showcase of The Young REP. Staging 10 plays in two weeks is a real challenge for everyone involved but it’s one that everyone relishes. The mini-festival is inspired by The REP’s centenary and it’s an exploration, and at times a rediscovery, of literature from brand new plays to classic stories. It feels fitting that we also present a fresh take on Twelfth Night – the very play which our founder Sir Barry Jackson staged for the opening of The REP 100 years ago. To reflect his championing of new work and talent we’re also thrilled to be presenting the world premiere of a new play by Evan Placey.”
Award-winning writer Evan Placey’s thrilling and dynamic new play, Girls Like That has been specially commissioned by Birmingham Repertory Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Theatre Royal Plymouth with youth companies at all three theatres performing the play this July. Girls Like That explores the perilous consequences that can happen when teenagers and technology join forces. Written for and performed by young people Evan involved members of the Young REP in the writing process and the finished piece is a genuine reflection of their interests, lives and characters as Evan explains:
“Working with young people in Birmingham, Leeds and Plymouth to inspire the play has been an invaluable opportunity to find common themes and stories between British teenagers across the country. Asking a group of 14-16 year old girls what feminism means, and whether it was relevant to them, the responses were a combination of no’s, indifference, and confusion as to the meaning of the word.”
The Young REP works with young people between aged between nine and twenty-five across Birmingham and the West Midlands. It is an inclusive producing youth theatre which aims to create a lifelong passion for theatre in its members. Each year the company, led by professional staff from The REP, creates and produces a broad range of high quality theatre experiences.
More details can be obtained here:http://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/