Grenfell Inspires REP Performance

Creative Arts students on the Drama enrichment at Solihull Sixth Form College have created an original piece of verbatim theatre inspired by the Grenfell Tower fire to perform at the REP Theatre in Birmingham.

Drama and Music students came together for this performance, which explores the current cladding crisis in Birmingham. The project was inspired by Nicolas Kent’s professional production titled ‘Value Engineering: Scenes from the Grenfell Inquiry’, which was showing at the REP from 17 – 20 November. The students’ own interpretation preceded Kent’s production on Wednesday 17 November, when they performed on the House stage prior to the main show.

Drama students interviewed Tom White, a Birmingham resident who is currently living in an unsafe apartment block and his story forms the basis of the play. Music students have created a digital soundscape that accompanies the drama and a live improvisation group brought to life the emotion of the piece.

Drama teacher Nadia Kouhi commented:

“This was the first of what is hoped to be many performances the students will be creating for this exciting production. The year-long project will enable students to interview others central to the cladding crisis, from the decision-makers to the victims. Final performances will take place in Summer 2022, so there is plenty of time for the students to develop the production, but visiting the REP to show off what they have created so far was a brilliant first step and an exciting opportunity for the students.”

19 November 2021