Aged 16 – 25?

Want to see theatre, art exhibitions and other cultural events for free? There’s no catch: I want to encourage you to attend more of Birmingham’s art and theatre events, without cost getting in the way. That’s why I am giving away several free tickets each month. And you’ll get to join me at a press night!

What will you get?

One free ticket to see a theatre show, art exhibition or art-related event. You will attend with me on an opening night. We can meet beforehand and have a chat about what we’re going to see. Coffee or soft drinks on me! If you’re interested in finding out about a career in the arts, I can also give you some advice about this.

Attend on a press night!

As a Birmingham art and culture blogger I write about lots of different artsy goings on in the city: artists, exhibitions, theatre, festivals and more.

What this means is that I sometimes receive press tickets, allowing me to see a show or event on the opening night (alongside other journalists and bloggers). In return I write a review, either on my blog or for a magazine/newspaper.

When I am offered press tickets I always receive 2.

Until now, I have always taken a friend with me.

However, I would now like to offer my spare press tickets to the next generation of audiences.

On the left: here I am at War Horse at the Hippodrome. On the right: my wonderful intern Lorna attended Jersey Boys at Wolverhampton Grand with one of her friends.

Where and when will the events be?

All events will be in Birmingham/the Black Country. Theatres and galleries which I review for include: The REP, Birmingham Hippodrome, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Ikon Gallery and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

Most theatre show press nights take place from around 7 – 10pm on weeknights. Art exhibition preview evenings are usually from 6 – 8pm on weeknights or weekends during the daytime.

The only thing which you will need to arrange is your own transport to and from the venue.

We can have a chat about what we’re going to see, meeting up before it begins. Here I am with a hot chocolate at Medicine Café & Gallery in Birmingham.


You can sign up for the scheme by emailing me at [email protected] with the following information:

– Full name

– Age

– Why you’re signing up e.g. maybe you haven’t been to theatre before? Or you’re interested in a career in arts journalism? Or you want to see more art exhibitions?

– What you’re interested in seeing: theatre/art exhibitions/art events/all of these?

– Any times which you can’t do e.g. you have Quidditch practice on Thursdays

Contact details: Phone/email for me to get in touch when I have a suitable ticket for you

Any questions? Do also include these in an email to me & I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Ruth x

P.S. Know anyone else who might be interested? Do pass the message on!


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