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 two ‘in-house’ youth theatres:
- Middle Youth Theatre 12 – 15 years
- Senior Youth Theatre 16 – 25 years
Two ‘outreach’ youth theatres:
- Canley Youth Theatre
- Tile Hill Youth Theatre
And on a project basis:
- Black Youth Theatre
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 Company aims to put on 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 is also committed to providing opportunities for young people showing particular talent and commitment to a career in the performing arts. To this end, the Belgrade Young Company has been established, providing young people with the opportunity to experience projects more closely mirroring the rigour of a professional rehearsal and production process.
The Belgrade’s Youth Theatre programme is currently free of charge. We also run fee-paying drama classes for young people on a termly basis.
Summer School is a unique opportunity open to young people aged 8 – 15 years old, which aims to help young people to develop and share their theatre skills over an intensive week of workshops and rehearsals. For more information about booking for our current summer school please follow this link to the What’s On section or call Box Office on 024 7655 3055.
Organisations or individuals wishing to get involved in the work of the Community & Eductaion Company should contact them on 024 7684 6741, or email@example.com