11 Jul 2024

Theatre project offers LGBTQ+ community a safe space to develop skills


Birmingham Rep theatre, in collaboration with Birmingham LGBT Centre, has announced a new project LGBTQTeeHee!

This project, created by Birmingham Rep’s Creative Learning team, is designed to provide a safe space for members of the LGBTQ+ community to develop comedy and public speaking skills.

Taking place across 10-weeks, this innovative programme is supported by professional comedians, such as renowned comedian, educator and comedy coach Angie Belcher (pictured).

Successful applicants will develop their comedic writing skills, develop a comedy persona, and hone their craft and material into creating a routine which will be performed live at the Birmingham Rep this November.

LGBTQTeeHee! is open to anyone from the LGBTQ+ community and will take place at Birmingham Rep and Birmingham LGBT Centre as part of BEDLAM Showcase, a celebration of the arts, mental health and wellbeing.

Birmingham Rep senior drama practitioner, Robert Beck, said: “Through comedy, we hope to build mental health resilience, reduce stigma and encourage honest discussions around mental health in a fun and supportive environment.”

The Birmingham Rep will be hosting a free Comedy Masterclass on Saturday, 3 August from 12pm to 4.30pm at Birmingham LGBT Centre. All are welcome to attend and learn more about the project and begin the process of creating their own stand-up comedy routine.

To find out more or register your interest email learning@birmingham-rep.co.uk or follow the link to the sign-up page.

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