Make the most of your October half term with The Old Rep, Birmingham

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Make the most of your October half term with The Old Rep

This October half term, The Old Rep are putting on a string of events that will entertain and delight your whole family. From Julia Donaldson favourite, The Scarecrows’ Wedding, to a Halloween spectacular Dracula: The Kisses, and FREE pirate themed activities at the Library of Birmingham, The Old Rep are making this half term one to remember!

For further information or to book for any of The Old Rep’s half term events, please call the Box Office on 0121 359 9444 or visit (online booking fee applies).


The Silver Sword
Until Sat 24 October
Ideal for age 7+
FREE World War Two exhibition
Thu 22 October Post-show discussion featuring Jane Serraillier

Join Ruth, Edek and Bronia in this gripping tale of hope against all the odds, set against the backdrop of wartime Europe, produced by Sell A Door Theatre. Ian Serraillier’s The Silver Sword was named as one of the top 50 children’s books ever by The Times. This new adaptation includes original songs, handmade puppets and innovative storytelling techniques. History comes alive this half term, with World War Two artefacts from Birmingham Museum. Try on an air raid warden’s hat and learn what life was like on the home front!

Tickets £14 (Conc £12, Schools £8.50)


The Scarecrows’ Wedding

Sunday 25 October 1pm & 4pm
Ideal for age 3+
FREE craft sessions one hour before each show

Fun for all the family, Scamp Theatre’s heart-warming adaptation of the bestseller by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, is bursting at the seams with wit and wedding bells. Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay are excellent scarecrows. Harry loves Betty and Betty loves Harry – so they decide to get married and Harry sets off in search of wedding day essentials.

“Enchanting and hilarious. Bags of sheer family fun” The Stage
“Charming and cheerful. These scarecrows will make every child smile” Daily Mail

Tickets £12 (Conc £10, Family £40)

Treasure Island Pirate Fun Day, The Library of Birmingham

Friday 30 October 12pm-4pm
Ideal for age 4+
FREE pirate themed activities

Join the Pirate Crew at the Library of Birmingham, as The Old Rep launch their Christmas production of Treasure Island! Enjoy a wealth of swashbuckling activities, from free craft sessions in the Children’s Library meeting room, to pirate storytelling on The Story Steps, and Treasure Island drama workshops in the Beat Box.

All of these events are completely free of charge, and will be taking place in the Library of Birmingham between 12pm-4pm. Follow @TheOldRep on Twitter for further details!

Dracula: The Kisses

Friday 30 October 7pm
Ideal for age 14+
Bar open from 6pm to catch up and connect

Warm up for Halloween with Dracula: The Kisses from physical theatre innovators Scary Little Girls. This wildly entertaining romp explores sexuality, religion, politics and feminism, without compromising on the dark, daft fun that is quintessential Dracula. With a lush and lavish steam-punk design and an all-female cast of nine, Scary Little Girlstake this gothic classic in unexpected and unimaginable directions.

Dracula: The Kisses will be presented alongside two new works in development: an all-male physical theatre piece created by young men from Birmingham and beyond, and piece called Wonderwoman: The Naked Truth, exploring combining motherhood with a career in theatre in a light-hearted way.

Tickets £12 (Conc £8)

The Old Rep has recently re-launched under a bold new vision, inspired by Birmingham and the Midlands’ creative community, with excellent contemporary work from all art forms at the heart of the theatre’s vision.

Alongside a vibrant programme of sell-out comedy, dance, drama and top quality work for families, The Old Rep has introduced a new programme of creative and educational opportunities for local schools and communities to get involved in their work. The oldest purpose-built repertory theatre in the UK, The Old Rep has been described as a hidden gem of Birmingham, where innovative new work thrives alongside over 100 years of theatre heritage.