Behind everything we do at Bruntwood is our purpose: creating thriving cities. And for us, a vibrant arts and cultural scene is a huge part of that. It gives communities the chance to learn, to debate, to discover new ways of thinking and ideas, and ultimately, provides the opportunity for people to get their voice heard.
Across each of our regions, we're proud to support ambitious cultural organisations. We support a third of the 13 producing theatres left in the UK, as we want to help them to deliver their key priorities and maintain their outreach and artist development initiatives.
In Birmingham, we are proud to partner with Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The REP), a producing theatre that truly puts community at the heart of what it does.
In last year, The REP has funded over 2,000 tickets for local disadvantaged children and families, provided training to 50 emerging artists and offered 111 accessible performances. But the work of The REP goes way beyond the stage.
The REP has one of the largest and most diverse learning and community outreach programmes of any arts organisation in the UK. The team engage with young people and adults in the community on drama, writing and large scale production projects, as well as delivering projects with vulnerable adults, such as people living with dementia. Last year alone they worked with 46 schools within the region and delivered 2,639 sessions, with over a 1,000 of those delivering cultural education.
Kate Vokes, Director of Social Impact at Bruntwood said: “The work that The REP do with the community is outstanding. As part of our commitment to creating thriving cities, we are proud to partner with ambitious cultural organisations that are looking to make an impact and The REP is a tremendous example of this. Through their incredible work, they tell the stories of the city region, allow new and marginalised voices to be heard, and inspire change. We encourage our customers, colleagues and communities to engage throughout the year.”
The REP’s Executive Director, Rachael Thomas said, “It’s fantastic to welcome Bruntwood as a corporate partner and I’m thrilled that they have chosen to support The REP and our REP First appeal. Their support for producing theatres across the country is fantastic and I look forward to seeing our partnership develop and flourish”.
This autumn, we're celebrating the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and all of our partners across our regions who continue to produce enlightening and entertaining theatre for all audiences, as we prepare for the announcement of The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting shortlist.