Culture Secretary Visits The REP

Culture Secretary Visits The REP

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Andy Burnham MP visited Birmingham Repertory Theatre today, for a tour behind the scenes looking at the work we do with young people and new writers.

In Birmingham for a cabinet meeting, Andy Burnham MP attended rehearsals of a new play about the gruesome reality of small pox, The Speckled Monster. This informative and interactive play is a collaboration between The REP, Thinktank (Birmingham Science Museum) and the University of Birmingham Medical School and is aimed at students studying history and science. It will be performed at Thinktank later this month.

The Culture Secretary also met a group of six female writers (Naylah Ahmed, Sonali Bhattacharyya, Jennifer Farmer, Lorna French, Amber Lone and Cheryl Akila Payne) who are jointly writing a play called These Four Streets. This new play commissioned by The REP is inspired by the views, hopes and fears of local people connected to or affected by the disturbances in Lozells, Birmingham in October 2005 when a rumours of rape sparked a weekend of rioting, resulting in the death of one man and damage, not only to local businesses, but also community relations. The production opens in 2009.