Photo By Nicola Young

Youth Theatre

The Belgrade Theatre has a strong history of Youth Theatre, with the first groups being set up by the Theatre in Education Company as part of their service for young people in the 1960s.

The theatre currently runs five ‘in-house’ youth theatres that offer places for free:

  • Middle Youth Theatre 11 – 16 years
  • Senior Youth Theatre 16 – 25 years
  • Asian Youth Theatre 11 – 16 years
  • Junior Black Youth Theatre 8 – 11 years
  • Black Youth Theatre 11 – 25 years
  • Backstage Youth 12 – 25 years

And two ‘outreach’ youth theatres:

  • Junior Canley Youth Theatre 8 – 11 years
  • Canley Youth Theatre 11+ years

Participants have the opportunity to develop skills in theatre techniques, including acting, singing, dancing, writing and directing. Groups also regularly work towards productions with the support of a professional creative team. The Community & Education programme aims to deliver original and quality productions that give a voice to the experiences of the range of individuals and communities that make up Coventry. To this end, the work is almost exclusively original and aims to provide an enjoyable and challenging theatre experience to its audiences, as well as a pride in work that has been locally produced.

Through participation in arts activity, young people develop skills that are useful for a career in theatre, but also skills that are transferable to real-life contexts, building confident, articulate young citizens with an active interest in the world around them.

The Belgrade’s Youth Theatre programme is currently free of charge. We also run weekly Youth Acting Classes on Saturdays every term for young people aged 8-16.

To join the waiting list for any of the above youth theatre groups just download the form on the left and return it to the Belgrade’s Community & Education Team.

Hope, Care & Civic Engagement

This film was the product from the collaborative research project between the Belgrade’s Canley Youth Theatre, Coventry Youth Services and Warwick University. The group focused on the themes of Hope, Care and Civic Engagement and what it meant to them. The group worked on the project with Dr Rachael King, the UK lead for Professor Kathleen Gallagher’s international, multi-sited and collaborative research project; Youth, Theatre, Radical Hope and the Ethical Imaginary: an intercultural investigation of drama pedagogy, performance and civic engagement.

An IATL funded project.
This international research project is led by Professor Kathleen Gallagher (University of Toronto) in collaboration with Dr Rachel King, Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick.
Investigating “hope”, “care” and “civic engagement” in youth theatre.

Organisations or individuals wishing to get involved in The Belgrade’s Community & Education work should contact us on 024 7684 6741 or