Belgrade Theatre - Latest Posts for News & Blogs News & Blogs en-gb Wed, 29 Jan 2020 15:47:53 +0000 Wed, 29 Jan 2020 15:47:53 +0000 Pineapples and Partnerships - The Art of Co-Directing With the new year comes a new term for our community theatre groups, and for our Arts Gymnasium members, it’s been a great opportunity to learn and try out something a little different. This week, Arts Gym blogger Margaret Emerton writes about the first of a series of workshops led by visiting practitioners that the group will have the chance to participate in over the coming year. A new year and a new term for Arts Gymnasium. It promises to be an exciting time as we look forward to Coven... Wed, 29 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Holes appearing in Coventry City Centre... Something strange appears to be happening in Coventry City Centre this week, with reports of “holes” opening up at the Belgrade Theatre. Similar reports have been received across the country, with mysterious holes said to be opening up at theatres across the country, and it now seems Coventry is no exception. The bizarre phenomenon is said to have begun in Nottingham in 2018, with a large hole allegedly dug by one Stanley Yelnats – a juvenile delinquent who served time at an American... Fri, 24 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Podcast: Creating Crongton with Corey Campbell & Esther Richardson With Janice Okoh’s The Gift now showing on our B2 stage, in this week’s podcast, we’re diving into rehearsals for Crongton Knights, which premieres in Coventry from 8-22 February before heading out on a UK tour. The show is produced by the team behind 2019’s sell-out adaptation of Noughts and Crosses, the second of four planned productions aimed at young audiences to emerge from a consortium between the Belgrade Theatre, Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre, York Theatre Royal and Mercury T... Thu, 23 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Submit your short story for The Monster Challenge “Stories are important. Stories can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth.”Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls Ahead of the arrival of A Monster Calls at the Belgrade in March, we are inviting you to take part in a fantastic new competition. Are you a young person with a passion for telling stories? Do you feel the itch to grab a notebook and pen to respond to the world around you? Or do you know a young person aged 10-25 who loves creative writing? The Monster Challenge se... Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Madam Butterfly reimagined: Poppy Burton-Morgan explains more This year, Olivier Award winners OperaUpClose embark on a UK tour with their new English translation of Puccini’s Madam Butterfly, beginning at the Belgrade Theatre on Thursday 6 February. Known for their inventive, unconventional approach to opera, OperaUpClose aim to challenge perceptions around the artform and open it up to young, contemporary audiences, often by giving established classics a modern twist. In 2018, their take on Mozart’s The Magic Flute followed two lovers after a me... Wed, 15 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0000 A record-breaking year for Making Memories A visit to the theatre is a magical experience and often a treasured memory. Unfortunately, due to financial hardship or illness, many families across Coventry and Warwickshire are not able to make these memories. Following on from a fantastic Making Memories campaign in 2018, we set an ambitious target to raise £9,000 in 2019-20, with the goal of helping 600 people to access theatre at the Belgrade with tickets to our pantomime, Puss in Boots. Once again, we partnered with Coventry Foodba... Wed, 15 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Royal-Tea: Comedy, class and culture in The Gift In the court of Queen Victoria, there are many complex rules around class and social interaction, and West African-born princess Sarah Bonetta Davies is determined to get everything right. But will her efforts to be the “Queen of Etiquette” really help to change people’s perceptions about her, or will she always be treated differently by her peers? Inspired by the true story of a girl “gifted” to Queen Victoria as a child, Janice Okoh’s sharp new comedy The Gift explores themes ... Tue, 14 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Paws-itively Brilliant - A Successful Relaxed Performance Following the success of our relaxed performances of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty over the last two years, we were delighted to host our third relaxed pantomime this week, with a specially adapted showing of Puss in Boot taking place on Thursday 2 January. A relaxed performance is one designed to offer an open and welcoming environment for anyone who may enjoy or benefit from a more laid-back performance style, including those with Autism Spectrum Conditions, sensory and communication diso... Sat, 11 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Digging Deeper - Adam Penford on bringing Holes to the stage For the more than 1.5 million people who have bought the book and the thousands more who have seen the film, Holes is something special. The story of Stanley Yelnats who is sent to a labour camp in the boiling hot desert for a crime he didn’t commit has taken people into a world where young people band together in a bid to cope with the heat, dust, emotion and fear of being in such an inhospitable place. Each day he and his fellow young inmates have to dig a hole five feet by five feet whi... Wed, 08 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Podcast: Moving Forward with Vicki Igbokwe Today might be the first day back at work at work for some, but the cast and company of Janice Okoh’s hilarious The Gift have already been back in rehearsals for a week! Following a short Christmas break, last week, we spoke to the show’s Associate Director, Vicki Igbokwe, who explained how she’s been applying her background in dance and movement to the show. Tackling themes of adoption, imperialism, cultural appropriation and drinking tea, The Gift premieres in Coventry from Saturd... Mon, 06 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0000