Belgrade Theatre - Latest Posts for News & Blogs News & Blogs en-gb Wed, 01 Apr 2020 09:18:47 +0100 Wed, 01 Apr 2020 09:18:47 +0100 WEDUCATION: Pitch Your Own Jukebox Musical Every Wednesday during the Coronavirus lockdown, we’ll be taking the opportunity to share some of our fantastic educational resources with you, including videos about a wide range of careers at the Belgrade, and activities and projects for you to try at home. Our first activity pack asks you to imagine that you’re pitching an idea for a brand new jukebox musical that you’re hoping to get made. Musicals can be expensive to put on, so it’s important that you get your pitch right in or... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Guest Blog: Curtain Up at the Belgrade Theatre Here at the Belgrade Theatre, it’s not uncommon for us to delve into our archives and to unearth interesting stories from our history, but recently, we were thrilled to be get an alternative view on our past from one of our Arts Gym participants, Gill Yardley. With Friday 27 March having marked our 62nd birthday, it’s been great to hear from someone with clear memories of the opening of the Belgrade. We hope you enjoy reading her stories and those she’s gathered from other people as m... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0100 STORYTIME: Cinderella Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing a series of storytime videos to help keep your little ones entertained at home during the lockdown. Our first story is a retelling of Cinderella by our Education Officer Danielle, complete with lots of actions to join in with! After you’ve finished, you can also download the template below to design your own dress for Cinderella. Tue, 31 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Shut Down but Scratching - Shoot Festival calls for early-career artists There’s been much publicity around the impact of the Coronavirus lockdown on public venues such as theatres, pubs and restaurants. But what can sometimes be forgotten is the knock-on effect these closures have on independent artists and creative companies who rely on those venues to share their work. It’s because of this that we’re delighted to be supporting a new rapid response initiative from Shoot Festival aimed at providing an opportunity for early-career artists from Coventry and... Mon, 30 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0100 MONDAY MAKES: Make your own puppet theatre We know it can be challenging to find fun things to do at home during the Coronavirus lockdown – for your kids as well as for yourself! That’s why every Monday, we’ll be sharing craft activities that you can try out at home – including some top tips from our Craft On: Needlecraft for Wellbeing group. Our first Monday Make is perfect for anyone who is already missing the theatre. Check out our video below to find out how to make your own puppet theatre, so you can start putting on you... Mon, 30 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0100 SATURDAY SHOUT-OUT: Fargo Village Spring Makers’ Market With the outbreak of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) having resulted in the closure of businesses including our own, we’re all working on creative ways of adapting to the situation. At the heart of the Belgrade’s ethos is being a creative hub for the community, so our team felt strongly that our response to the current situation should involve strengthening our local partnerships and helping to support other people who have been affected. It’s with this in mind that this weekend, we’re intro... Sat, 28 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Original Theatre Company stream The Croft and The Habit of Art In light of the closure of theatres across the UK due to COVID-19, the Original Theatre Company’s productions of Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art and Ali Milles’s The Croft, both of which were touring the UK, will now each have an online launch performance: THE HABIT OF ART on Thursday 26 March at 8:15pm and THE CROFT on Friday 27 March at 7:30pm. The performances are available to pre-order now. The videos will then be available to watch online until 2 June 2020. Originally due to be pe... Wed, 25 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Coronavirus: How you can help us while the theatre is closed As the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak leaves us facing a time of huge uncertainty at the Belgrade, we’ve been taking great comfort from seeing so many of our friends, audiences and supporters reaching out to ask what they can do to help us. As many of you know, the Belgrade is a registered charity (number 219163), providing a number of services to the community beyond the shows on our two stages. These include our many youth and community theatre groups, our talent development programmes,... Thu, 19 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Gallagher staff rack up 82 hours of volunteering at the Belgrade Members of staff from Gallagher insurance have been going the extra mile with their support of the Belgrade Theatre by giving up their time to help out with projects aimed at helping people to access theatre. As well as investing financially in the Belgrade’s vital work in the community, staff at the company’s Coventry office have been getting hands on at the theatre, supporting its relaxed performance of Christmas pantomime Puss in Boots, as well as its Making Memories campaign, which ... Mon, 16 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Where Do I Come From? Arts Gym try out spoken word poetry Following their fascinating session on the process of co-directing plays with our 2021 Co-Artistic Director Balisha Karra and her regular collaborator Fin Townsend, our Arts Gym: Reaching Out group recently had the chance to learn about spoken word poetry from poet Tarik Ross-Cameron. Arts Gym blogger Margaret Emerton returns to tell us more. This year the Arts Gymnasium: Reaching Out participants have been fortunate to welcome professionals from the world of theatre into our sessions to le... Fri, 13 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0000