Reading Rep is Reading’s multi award winning resident professional theatre and one of the leading theatre companies in Berkshire, which combines high-class productions with ground breaking education and community engagement to help transform Reading and the surrounding area’s cultural landscape.
Reading Rep is an Arts Award Centre and an Arts Award Supporter. All of our staff are Arts Award Advisors – we can deliver Discover, Explore, Bronze and Silver.
We want to work with local schools to help achieve or maintain their Artsmark and can do this through various ways that are reflected in the Artsmark’s Quality Principles:
- Curriculum Design: As a company we produce high quality artistic work, and as an Arts Award Supporter we offer a discounted rate on tickets for young people working on their Arts Award. We will also offer pre- or post-show workshops to enable young people to further their understanding of what they have seen and to assist them to critically assess and evaluate the work. We can create bespoke workshops that will compliment what is being taught within the curriculum. Quality Principles: striving for excellence; being authentic; being exciting, inspiring and engaging; enabling personal progression.
- CPD: Developing teachers’ knowledge and skills. We can work with you to embed drama and the performing arts in your curriculum and assist with the creation of quality teaching resources. Quality Principles: striving for excellence and innovation, and enabling personal progression.
- Range of Offer: Reading Rep often works in partnership with other creative organisations, giving us the ability to create a cultural programme for schools that is multi-disciplinary. We have access to actors, directors and designers who can offer question and answer sessions for your pupils. Quality Principles: striving for excellence; being exciting, inspiring and engaging; ensuring a positive and inclusive experience; actively involving children and young people; developing belonging and ownership.
- Partnerships: We can work closely long term with a school to provide artistic support, regular workshops and theatre trips. We can deliver Arts Award to children and young people of all ages, and also can help identify routes into careers or participation in the performing arts. Quality Principles: striving for excellence; being authentic; being exciting, inspiring and engaging; ensuring a positive and inclusive experience; actively involving children and young people.
Our team have experience working with children and young people from reception age to sixth form. Reading Rep has won awards for its work with young people, including the Cultural Award for Supporting Young People in the Arts at the Pride of Reading Awards in 2016. We also run an inclusive youth theatre for any young people who might want to increase their participation within the arts.
We will work with you to create a bespoke offer which bests suits your school and budget.
To find out more, or to discuss how we can work with your school, please contact Associate Director, Christie O’Carroll at [email protected]