UK Theatre and Education Industries Debate Urgent Issue of Creative Arts Provision – Friday 20 April, Birmingham

Roxana Silbert

Roxana Silbert

The full line up for the Big Arts and Education Debate has been confirmed. On Friday 20 April, leading figures from the worlds of theatre and education will meet to debate the urgent issue regarding the reduction in creative arts provision in schools across the UK.

The Big Arts and Education Debate will welcome teachers, practitioners, educators and young people and will be opened by Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director, Roxana Silbert.

Representing the arts will be Olivier Award-winning playwright, James Graham; Head of UK Theatre, Cassie Chadderton, Artistic Director of Kiln Theatre, Indhu Rubasingham and Punch Record’s CEO, Ammo Talwar. Representatives from the education sector include Pauline Tamblin, Chief Executive of Creative and Cultural Skills, Christine Quinn, West Midlands Regional Schools Commissioner, Sam Cairns, Cultural Learning Alliance and Tim Boyes, CEO of Birmingham Education Partnership.   Chairing the debate will be Steve Ball, Associate Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, alongside Carl Woodward, Media and Learning Specialist.

As part of the debate, Marilyn Rice, Producer of Education, Lyric Hammersmith and Romana Flello from the Royal Court Theatre will present the findings of the London Theatre Consortium Education symposium held earlier this year.

Steve Ball, Associate Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre said:

“We’re looking forward to bringing together the worlds of theatre and education to discuss the issues surrounding creative arts provision in schools.  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. These diminishing opportunities for children and young people are a real concern and we hope that by the end of the debate to have established some recommendations for improvement.”

Carl Woodward also said:

“To deprive state educated children the opportunities to pursue a career in the arts is nothing short of perverse. The Big Arts and Education Debate is a prophetic and practical opportunity to come together to address this very serious situation. We very much look forward to seeing what recommendations and solutions that we can achieve together.”

The Big Arts and Education Debate takes place at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Friday 20 April, 2pm – 5pm.  Tickets £10 / £5 concessions are available from / 0121 236 4455.