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Podcast: Lockdown Lessons
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Podcast: Lockdown Lessons

Wed 25 Nov

With the UK back in national lockdown this month, we've been focusing our attentions on the lessons we learned during the spring and summer, and how we can better look after ourselves and each other now and in the future. Forming part of our Lockdown Lessons series, our latest podcast sees Belgrade Embedded Community Producer…

Lockdown Lessons from Belgrade Arts Gym
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Lockdown Lessons from Belgrade Arts Gym

Tue 24 Nov

Like everyone else this year, Belgrade staff and participants have spent much of 2020 been adapting to the "new normal" of working together remotely, with much of our community work moving online. As part of a series of remote sessions organised via Zoom, we asked our over 50s Arts Gymnasium participants to tell us about…

Being Thankful – Coronavirus Time Capsule
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Being Thankful – Coronavirus Time Capsule

Thu 19 Nov

Between April and July this year, we worked with a group of Coventry teenagers to create a Coronavirus Time Capsule, in partnership with local charity Grapevine. Based on a model developed by London-based youth theatre Company Three, the Coronavirus Time Capsule took the form of a series of videos, with our participants creatively responding to different…

Lockdown Leaders
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Lockdown Leaders

Wed 18 Nov

For an industry built around shared, live experiences, 2020 has been particularly tough. Yet in many ways, here at the Belgrade, we’ve responded to lockdown in the same way as we would to any other challenge: by collaborating with our communities and supporting people both within and outside the organisation to develop their own creative…

Podcast: Spirit of the Age with Ayesha Jones
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Podcast: Spirit of the Age with Ayesha Jones

Wed 11 Nov

As part of our ongoing Black Futures programme, we're hosting a virtual exhibition by photographer and Belgrade Audience Development Officer Ayesha Jones. Titled Motherland, the exhibition documents a three-year journey she took to Africa with her mother to rediscover her family's roots. In our latest podcast, she talks about that journey, and offers insights into African family structures and spiritual…

Achieving the 40s hairstyles for One Night in November
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Achieving the 40s hairstyles for One Night in November

Wed 11 Nov

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz this year, we'll be streaming the 2013 production of our wartime drama One Night in November from 14-30 Nov. Ahead of the staging of the show in 2013, the Belgrade's in-house hairdresser told us more about creating the period styles that you can see in the…

Watch Online: The Journey Home
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Watch Online: The Journey Home

Wed 11 Nov

As part of the commemorations of the 80th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz this month, we're delighted to be streaming Anna Cunningham's short play The Journey Home from 14 November. Inspired by the real-life events of November 1940, this online play imagines a world where video calling technology was as readily available then as it…

Exhibition: Creativity Unlocked
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Exhibition: Creativity Unlocked

Tue 10 Nov

With lockdown rules restricting indoor gatherings throughout the spring and summer, this year theatres have had to think outside the box to find ways of staying connected to their communities. Moving activity online is a solution for some people, but not everyone can easily access things like Zoom or social media, and as a result,…

Moonlight Sonata – One Night in November
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Moonlight Sonata – One Night in November

Tue 10 Nov

Post-Blitz Coventry, July 1945 RAF War Film In his book, Air Raid, The Bombing of Coventry 1940, Norman Longmate explains why the city was unique in its industrial development: Thanks to [Coventry’s] long history and the refusal for many years of the corporation to authorise building on the common land surrounding the city, sizable factories,…

One Night in November: Coventry Blitz Memories
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One Night in November: Coventry Blitz Memories

Sun 08 Nov

On Remembrance Sunday, we remember all those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars, including those killed in the Coventry Blitz, which marks its 80th anniversary this year. Ahead of the original production of One Night in November, survivors of that terrible night in 1940 generously shared their memories with us.…

#CityWarmUps – Emma Meehan of C-DaRe
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#CityWarmUps – Emma Meehan of C-DaRe

Sat 07 Nov

As the UK heads into its second national lockdown, we're focusing our attention on promoting wellbeing and learning from our experiences earlier this year through our Lockdown Lessons series. During the last lockdown, we asked local artists and creative practitioners to share their warm-up routines as a way of helping people to stay healthy, happy…

Lockdown Lessons from Belgrade Theatre and Underground Lights
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Lockdown Lessons from Belgrade Theatre and Underground Lights

Fri 06 Nov

As the UK heads into its second national lockdown, the ongoing uncertainty continues to take its toll on people’s mental health. That’s why this November, we want to focus our attention on wellbeing, and learning the lessons from our previous lockdown experience. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be reflecting on some of the successes…

Interview: Alan Pollock on One Night in November
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Interview: Alan Pollock on One Night in November

Michael Davies
Thu 05 Nov

Twelve years after making its debut at the Belgrade Theatre, Alan Pollock's breathtaking wartime drama One Night in November continues to resonate powerfully with Coventry audiences. Telling the story of one family's experiences of the Coventry Blitz, the play was revived three times after its 2008 premiere, with each production warmly received by audiences and…

80 Years On: Commemorating the Coventry Blitz
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80 Years On: Commemorating the Coventry Blitz

Fri 30 Oct

This November, we’re commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz by revisiting our 2013 production of One Night in November. Written by local playwright Alan Pollock and directed by Hamish Glen, the acclaimed wartime drama will be streamed via our website from 14-13 November - tickets are available to book now. One of the Belgrade…

More Than A Moment: Action with and for Black Creatives
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More Than A Moment: Action with and for Black Creatives

Thu 29 Oct

We're proud to be amongst the first organisations signing up to Culture Central's More Than A Moment pledge, a promise of bold, radical and immediate action with and for Black creatives. Developed by Black artists and leaders from arts organisations across the West Midlands, the pledge, which has been announced by Culture Central today, is…

Podcast: The Future is Bright
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Podcast: The Future is Bright

Tue 27 Oct

October is traditionally a time for reflecting on Black history, but how does history inform our understanding of the present, and how will current events shape the histories of the future? With the Belgrade Theatre and Maokwo teaming up to explore these questions in their pioneering Black Futures programme this month, 2021 Co-Artistic Director Corey Campbell takes some time…

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