Project information

Young REP Bursaries

The Young REP provides opportunities for young people aged 7-25 across Birmingham and the Midlands to engage with theatre. However, many young people cannot afford to take part due to their particular circumstances. We aim to provide bursaries to enable young people from all backgrounds to take part

The programme runs concurrently with the academic year. We aim to provide bursary placements starting in 2017. We aspire to secure sufficient funding for each new participant to benefit from their membership of the Young REP for at least 2 years.

Charity information: Birmingham Repertory Theatre Limited

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  • Need


    The Young REP offers theatrical experiences for young people, enabling them to develop as individuals by gaining important life skills such as team work and communication. Unfortunately a number of talented youngsters are unable to find the fees in order to take part, and as a result of this miss out on realising their full potential.


    The REP strives to be accessible to as diverse a group of young people as possible, regardless of their background or personal circumstances. In just the last few months it has created a new Young REP group based at Mayfield Special School, tailored to the needs of young people with severe learning difficulties. This theatre group is the first of its kind. We want to offer a minimum of 30 pupils the opportunity to take part in our Young REP through the provision of bursaries.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To make the Young REP programme more accessible by diversifying the demographic of participant group


    » We want to achieve this by providing a number of bursary places to those young people who would not otherwise be able to take part.

    Success will be demonstrated by the number of bursary places we can offer, as well as ensuring that the participant groups are fully representative of the City’s population.

  • Impact


    The Young REP will become much more accessible, and as a result will send a positive signal to other groups that may not have considered engaging with the performing arts. Greater diversity of participant demographic will allow for valuable interaction between individuals from different backgrounds, thus enriching the experience for all.


    The success of this project will depend on our experienced learning and participation team engaging with and identifying suitable recipients for the bursaries. We do not envisage this being problematic, but have already begun liaising with partners such as schools and youth groups to ensure talented young people are not overlooked.


    Donors will receive regular updates about the Young REP and will be invited to the end of year performances when the young people will perform in a professionally managed production at The REP. Supporters will have access to feedback reports from both participants and practitioners.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,250 Year 1 Bursaries It costs £175 per year for a young person to take part. This will fund 30 places for an initial year
      £5,250 Year 2 Bursaries Funding for a second year for the same 30 participants allowing them to continue their development
  • Background


    As well as the Young REP groups based on site at The REP, our satellite youth theatres are situated in multiple locations throughout Birmingham and the West Midlands, including Erdington, Birmingham City Centre, Wolverhampton, Small Heath, Lozells, Handsworth and Bordesley Green.


    The project will benefit young people who aspire to take part in our acclaimed youth theatre, but who due to socio-economic barriers would otherwise have been prevented from accessing the activity. 30 young people will benefit from bursary funded places in the Young REP and will be able to develop their interpersonal skills, build lasting friendships, perform in a world class professional theatre and achieve their potential. Diversifying the theatre groups will also benefit existing participants

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Young REP programme is a key part of our outreach to over 4,500 young people a year. Our staff are passionate and extremely experienced. The REP is able to offer the participants a unique environment in which to learn new skills and create theatrical work on our stages in professional productions each year. The REP has a long and successful history of nurturing young talent. We believe a passion for theatre and the life skills it can teach is something that should be accessible to all.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tom Saunders - Head Of Youth Theatre

    Tom is responsible for the running of The Young REP. He will ensure that the bursaries are distributed fairly and monitor the progress of participants

    Rachel Cranny - Fundraising Manager

    Rachel will ensure that donors are kept informed about the project and will liaise with Tom to generate updates and invitations to performances.