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The REP is just the ticket for local schools

The Birmingham REP and Mitchells & Butlers have joined forces to encourage local schools to visit the theatre.

Mitchells & Butlers has been a corporate patron of the Birmingham REP for six years and during the 2008/09 season has donated around 100 complimentary tickets to local primary and secondary schools to give pupils the opportunity to experience the theatre first hand.

Six local schools have benefited, including Perry Beeches Secondary, Chadvale Primary, St Peter's Primary, St Mary's Primary, Harborne Hill School and Small Heath School. The children visited the theatre during May and June to enjoy performances of two of the REP's plays - Looking For Yogurt and Once On This Island.

Many of the schools involved are part of the Birmingham REP's youth theatre groups, which enables youngsters to receive weekly theatre workshops from a member of REP staff and culminates in several school based productions being created every year. With the additional ticket support from Mitchells & Butlers, the REP has been able to also offer pupils the chance to visit a professional theatre and see a performance free of charge.

Anya Sampson, Development Manager, comments, "The REP is delighted to be able to work with Mitchells & Butlers to help more young people in the West Midlands enjoy the theatre's work. All the children involved massively enjoyed their trips and for many of the primary school children it was their first visit to the theatre."

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