Belgrade Theatre - Latest Posts for News & Blogs News & Blogs en-gb Mon, 17 Dec 2018 13:45:38 +0000 Mon, 17 Dec 2018 13:45:38 +0000 Metta Theatre bring FREE hip hop workshop to the Belgrade Aged 18-25? Love hip hop? Like free stuff? This Spring, acclaimed production company Metta Theatre are inviting Coventry audiences to discover The Wind in the Willows as you’ve never seen it before in their brand new hip hop musical, In The Willows. Featuring choreography by acclaimed hip hop artist and Street Dance 3D star Rhimes Lecointe, this faced-paced adaptation brings the classic story of Toad, Rattie and Mole bang up to date with dynamic dance moves, loveable characters, an origin... Mon, 17 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Under the Umbrella shines a light on Coventry's Chinese communities Coventry stories will once again take centre stage at the Belgrade Theatre in Spring 2019 when the world premiere of Under the Umbrella opens 2-16 March. Written by Amy Ng, this powerful new drama will shine a spotlight on the city’s growing East Asian population, telling the story of Wei, a young Chinese woman living and studying for a PhD in the UK. Like many migrants living in the city, Wei finds herself negotiating a complex relationship with the two different cultures that inform her ... Mon, 17 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Over the Top storms the festive season Since opening on Saturday 1 December, our World War I-themed alternative Christmas show Over the Top has received some fantastic responses from critics and audiences alike. Set in 1917, Over the Top tells the story of a group of suffragettes performers who get stuck behind enemy lines after heading to the Western Front to stage a show to lift the soldiers’ spirits. But with bullets whizzing over their heads and howitzers shaking the ground, the troupe get stuck behind enemy lines and a re... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Underground Lights bring community workshops to the Belgrade Adults with experience of homelessness, mental health difficulties and social exclusion in Coventry and Warwickshire will be able to benefit from a series of community drama workshops coming to the Belgrade Theatre in January 2019. Delivered by emerging community theatre company Underground Lights, these open and welcoming sessions aim to support people in the region faced with social disadvantage, drawing on research that demonstrates how participation in theatre and the arts can play an im... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Early-career artists sought for Shoot Festival 2019 Calling all emerging artists! Following the success of previous outings, Shoot Festival is returning to Coventry for 2019 and is now on the look-out for early-career makers and performers to showcase their work at the event. Supported by the Belgrade Theatre’s Springboard talent development project, Shoot Festival is a biennial event, set up by Jennifer Davis and Paul O’Donnell to provide a platform for local artists to develop and perform new work in front of an audience. Applications... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Coventry City of Culture Trust launches #HumansofCov campaign The City of Culture Trust is today launching its first major campaign since Coventry won the title of UK City of Culture 2021 with an exciting new project to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Titled #HumansOfCov, the campaign will open up a conversation about human rights and what they mean for a modern, diverse city in the 21st century. It will also shine a light on grassroots activism and everyday heroes in Coventry’s many communities. To launch t... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0000 As Knit as a Twiddle - Local knitters support our relaxed performance With 2019 now just around the corner, preparation is underway for our relaxed performance of Sleeping Beauty, taking place on Thursday 3 January. A relaxed performance is specially designed to provide an open and welcoming environment for audience members who may enjoy, or benefit from, a more laid-back performance style, including those with Autism Spectrum Conditions, sensory and communication disorders, learning disabilities, dementia, or other conditions. Ahead of the show, we issued ... Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Casting announced for Octopus Soup! The Belgrade Theatre Coventry and Simon Fielder are thrilled to announce full casting for the world premiere of Jack Milner’s and Mark Stevenson’s original comedy Octopus Soup! Nick Hancock, star of West End hit An Evening with Gary Lineker and host of iconic TV shows Room 101 and They Think It’s All Over, plays Seymour, the safest man in Britain, an insurance consultant who wears a belt and braces (and another belt, just to be sure). He’s in last chance saloon, and everything rests ... Thu, 06 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0000 The Munitionette: The Life & Work of Lottie Meade Of the four real-life women who inspired the Belgrade’s 2018 alternative Christmas show, Over the Top, munitions worker Lottie Meade is both the least well-documented and perhaps the most broadly representative of women during the First World War. Unlike other characters in the production, Meade did not travel overseas or visit the Front Line, but was an ordinary working woman who took up a job in one of a growing number of munitions factories that sprang up in Britain after war was first ... Wed, 05 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Nursing at the Front: Who was Edith Cavell? On this day in 1865, wartime nursing hero Edith Cavell was born in the village of Swardeston near Norwich, 153 years before becoming the inspiration for the character of “Eddie the Escapologist” in our 2018 alternative Christmas production, Over the Top. In the show, Eddie’s skills as an escape artist are a nod to the almost 200 soldiers and civilians that Cavell helped escape from German-occupied Belgium during the First World War. Over the Top is by no means the first creative tribu... Tue, 04 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0000