Birmingham Repertory Theatre Limited

Theatre for Kids

Christmas is a complicated time for many young people and this year we will help beat the January blues for those in Birmingham. We will open our doors to at least 250 young people who would never usually be able to visit The REP to go on a new adventure and enjoy the magic of theatre.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 4 December 2015 to 5:00 PM, 14 December 2015

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (223660)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£6,000

Amount raised

£13,476

Donations

9

    Category

  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment

    Helping

Location

  • This work is crucial to these young individuals and plays a huge part in supporting and providing opportunities for them to develop independently.

    — Teacher from Mayfield Special School, REP Partner School

  • His self confidence has grown hugely and this has been noted by the school as well as family and friends. It's impacted his creative development too.

    — Parent, Participant of REP youth activities

  • This work is crucial to these young individuals and plays a huge part in supporting and providing opportunities for them to develop independently.

    — Teacher from Mayfield Special School, REP Partner School

  • His self confidence has grown hugely and this has been noted by the school as well as family and friends. It's impacted his creative development too.

    — Parent, Participant of REP youth activities

Situation

In Birmingham, 35% of children are eligible for free school meals (twice the national average) and 7,200 young people have learning disabilities. Many of these young people rarely have a chance to be inspired by cultural outings or have positive, educational influences outside of their everyday lives. The cost of theatre, even with discounts, and the lack of cultural provision for young people with learning disabilities are common barriers to participation.

Solution

Our project will spread Christmas cheer by providing free theatrical outings for 250 young people who experience disadvantage or learning disabilities from local Birmingham schools. The REP will hold a specially tailored 'relaxed' performance for young people with learning disabilities. The project will include free curriculum based teaching resources to follow up the young people's visit to the theatre in order to make their special trip even more memorable and to support their education.