Twenty lawyers from international law firm Pinsent Masons stepped into the limelight to help a group of young people with their communication and presentation skills.
The team of lawyers from Pinsent Masons were brought in to help Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s youth theatre, The Young REP with their latest production, Kontakt. Pinsent Masons supports The Young REP as part of its ‘Starfish’ CSR programme, where members of the firm work closely with a range of initiatives in the local community.
The production, which opened at The Old Rep theatre earlier this week, is a new performance piece devised by The Young REP which aims to explore the differences between young people and adults and to examine the possibilities of having a meaningful conversation with a complete stranger.
To prepare for their roles, the young actors sought the advice and expertise from employees at Pinsent Masons as youth theatre director, Tim Ford explained: “In order to prepare for this new production the kids have needed to draw on a range of skills. They all have a love of drama and a talent for acting but with this they’ve had to learn about good negotiation skills, body language and communication. We were looking for an inspiring way of helping them develop these skills and we were really grateful to be able to draw on the experience of staff from Pinsent Masons.
Greg Lowson, head of office for Pinsent Masons in Birmingham said: “As a business, we spend a great deal of time and effort in communicating and negotiating. We were thrilled to be able to help out and pass on some of our skills to the Young REP. ”