Birmingham REP will be throwing open the doors once again this April as its ever popular Theatre Open Day returns, giving visitors a glimpse into everything that happens both on and offstage.
On Saturday 9 April between 10am – 5pm visitors will have a chance to see just how the theatre works. From peeping through the wings on to the main stage to finding out how sets are built, or learning how wigs and costumes are created to how large pieces of scenery are painted, members of the public will be able to see just how a show is created from start to finish.
As one of the UK’s leading producing theatres, Birmingham REP hosts over 450 performances to an audience of 191,000 every year. With over 100 years experience in producing new plays, the open day is a rare opportunity to explore one of Birmingham’s top cultural venues.
In addition to seeing behind the scenes there’ll be lots of events running throughout the day to suit all ages. There’ll be opportunities to try out playwriting in the Write Away workshops and spoken word with the energetic and creative social enterprise, Beatfreeks. For young children, there will be Dooville – an interactive music experience, while the ever-popular Bhangra Tots promises to get them up on their feet dancing. For older children, inventive theatre company, Filter, will get them creating theatre using sound and music.
The REP’s rich history will be explored in a series of archive talks looking at the life of REP founder and theatrical pioneer, Sir Barry Jackson, innovation in theatre design and how women broke new ground at The REP.
Throughout the Open Day there will also be dressing-up, theatrical face painting and a variety of craft activities, plus live folk music and performances from Nansen Primary School choir, Standing Ovation. Marmalade – the theatre’s bar and restaurant – will be open for coffee, cakes, snacks and lunch.
Full details about The REP’s Open Day can be found here.