The Stirrer brings news that the Birmingham Rep theatre is to close — for two years, while the new library is built next door. When a similar closure happened at the Mac arts centre, there was a £7m proposal for a replacement programme of outreach and off site events. But then funding was refused by AWM, with consequent loss of continuity among creatives and staff. Let’s hope that the Rep is offered a decently-funded programme of outreach theatre — perhaps using the many disused shops in the city-centre.