The Big Arts & Education Debate at The Rep on 20th April 2018

Birmingham Repertory Theatre has announced that James Graham, playwright, Ammo Talwar MBE, CEO of Punch Records, Christine Quinn, West Midlands Regional Schools Commissioner, Tim Boyes CEO of Birmingham Education Partnership, Cassie Chadderton, Head of UK Theatre and Indhu Rubasingham, Artistic Director of Tricycle Theatre will make up the panel for The Big Arts and Education Debate which will take place at Birmingham Rep on Friday 20 April, to coincide with the National Theatre’s UK tour of This House.

The event will be co-chaired by Birmingham Rep’s Associate Director Steve Ball and Theatre Practitioner Carl Woodward, before the floor is opened to the delegates for questions and discussion. There will be a heavy involvement with young people associated with Birmingham Rep in relation to organising the day and representation on the panel discussions.

The Big Arts and Education Debate is a symposium for teachers, practitioners and educators. Since 2010 there has been a 28% drop in the number of children taking creative GCSEs, with a similar drop in the number of creative arts teachers being trained.

Playwright James Graham said: “The disappearance of arts from state education is the most urgent conversation we should be having as an industry. It’s been vanishing quietly by stealth for the last 3 years and it is in all our interests to have a healthy and open debate whereby we interrogate and remind ourselves and others about its benefits to all. The Big Arts and Education Debate is just the start…”

The Big Arts and Education Debate

Featuring: James Graham, Ammo Talwar MBE, Tim Boyes, Cassie Chadderton, Christine Quinn and Indu Rubasingham

Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EP

Friday 20 April 2018

Tickets: £10 (General) and £5 (Concession)

Bursaries available for those in receipt of means tested benefits


Running time: 3 hours.

Book online or call the box office 0121 236 4455