Theatre in Education

Theatre in Education

INSPIRING CURIOSITY Celebrating 50 years of Theatre in Education

2015 sees the 50th Anniversary of Theatre in Education at the Belgrade, marking 50 years since the establishment of a company dedicated to using theatrical performance and drama workshops to explore issues of cultural, social, political and moral significance as part of a free service to schools and the young people of Coventry. Theatre in Education encourages children to investigate challenging situations for themselves, to search to find the answer, rather than be given it on a plate.

The Theatre in Education movement spread to theatres across the UK, and then to broader contexts across the globe, inspiring a wide range of participatory theatre with children and young people.

To mark this significant anniversary, the Belgrade is arranging a year of events to celebrate and promote theatre made for and with young people.

“I support drama in schools”

Every child should have the right to drama as a regular part of their curriculum. Join our pledge to support schools to inspire curiosity in young people through drama.

Drama has been increasingly marginalised within the school curriculum as a non-essential subject. We believe that a good education needs to provide a balance between being taught facts, and being provided with the opportunity to explore and learn for oneself. Drama is an essential way for children to reflect on and understand the world in which they live.

Festival of Theatre by Young People, for Young People

Weds 8 – Tues 21 Jul 2015

Over the course of 2 weeks, the Belgrade will be showcasing some of the best new work by and for young people, made by our own participants and other regional and national groups.

We will have 8 productions from our own Community & Education groups, which will explore a wide range of themes such as: the impact of schooling on young people today; the forms of love we experience throughout our lifetimes; perceptions of Islam and radicalisation; reflections on gender; and the adolescent brain. To make these productions we’ll be working with companies from around the UK such as Frantic Assembly, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Vamos Theatre, Gateway Studio Project, curious directive, Theatre Absolute, Ludic Rooms and Highly Sprung.

Over the weekend of 17 – 21 July we will have an action packed schedule of performances, workshops, talks and interactive events. Full details will be announced soon.

If you are interested in learning more about the Festival or would like to get involved, please contact the Community & Education department (see details below).

Festival of theatre for children and young people

Mon 19 – Sat 31 Oct 2015

In October we will be curating a festival of some of the best professional theatre for children and young people, made by visiting companies and the Belgrade Theatre. A full programme of productions will be announced later in the year.

Inspiring Curiosity Conference: The relationship between theatre and learning

Tues 20 – Thurs 22 Oct 2015

This 3 day conference hosted at the Belgrade is for policy makers, teachers, young people, academics, theatre educators and anyone interested in discussing the role of drama and theatre in schools, and the marginalisation of the arts in the national curriculum. The event will include a range of activities and discussions as well as an opportunity to see some of the work being produced as part of the Inspiring Curiosity: Festival of theatre for children and young people. There will be an option to attend the whole conference or just separate parts of it.

To deliver this conference we’re working with key partners such as Coventry University, University of Warwick, Coventry City Council, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Big Brum. We’ll be announcing key speakers very soon.

Inspiring Curiosity: Were you inspired?

We want to hear from you. Can you remember the Belgrade coming to perform at your school? Were you inspired to think differently after taking part in a TiE production or workshop?

We’re gathering stories from around Coventry and further afield from people who remember TiE from throughout its 50 year history. If you have a memory, anecdote or photographs of your involvement, please get in touch.

To share your early experiences or for more information about the Belgrade’s TiE work and Anniversary, contact the Community & Education department on 024 7684 6741 or

Keep a look out for more information on all of these exciting events throughout 2015.