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Welcome to A Stitch in Time
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Welcome to A Stitch in Time

Mon 22 Feb

We’re delighted to be hosting A Stitch in Time, a display which will appear in our windows until Tues 9 Mar. Niki Doughty Lee, Group Co-Ordinator of NeedleCraft for Wellbeing, and Frankie Robson, Sessional Facilitator for Underground Lights Community Theatre, have come together to unite their visions.

Guest Blog: Rob’s journey with Underground Lights
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Guest Blog: Rob’s journey with Underground Lights

Sat 20 Feb

Over the last few months, Cardboard Citizens have been holding discussions around the Vagrancy Act. The concluding discussion takes place on Monday 22 February and will focus on the stories of Coventry and West Midlands people affected by the act. Passed in 1824, the Vagrancy Act made it a criminal offence to sleep rough or…

Celebrating LGBT+ History Month with a retrospective look at LGBT+ stories on our stages
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Celebrating LGBT+ History Month with a retrospective look at LGBT+ stories on our stages

Mon 01 Feb

In celebration of LGBT+ History Month 2021 we’re looking back at some of the important LGBT+ stories we have shared on our stages over the years. In Autumn 2019, we saw two stories of LGBT+ British South Asians take our stage. In association with Phizzical, we presented Stardust, the Bollywood style reincarnation thriller whose main…

Belgrade secures grant from Garfield Weston Foundation
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Belgrade secures grant from Garfield Weston Foundation

Mon 01 Feb

The Garfield Weston Foundation’s Weston Culture Fund is distributing £30 million to a range of mid to large-scale cultural organisations across the UK – and we’re incredibly pleased to join the list of successful grantees. A full list can be found here. There are three areas that the fund seeks to support: restarting work and reopening, critical adaptations…

The first ever live Monty Python show took place 50 years ago this week at the Belgrade
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The first ever live Monty Python show took place 50 years ago this week at the Belgrade

Thu 14 Jan

In 1971, Colin Richardson was the booking consultant for the Lanchester Polytechnic’s Arts Festival – a festival which boasted the first ever live stage performance of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. 50 years on, Colin still thinks of it as his biggest achievement. He recently got in touch with us to tell us about his experience...

SeaView: Second Casting Call
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SeaView: Second Casting Call

Tue 15 Dec

Following our previous casting call in September, we're now holding open auditions for eight roles in our forthcoming digital TV series, SeaView, giving you the chance to be part of a groundbreaking project during Coventry's year as City of Culture. Set amongst the urban, working class communities of the West Midlands, SeaView is a six-part,…

Arts Gymnasium goes digital
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Arts Gymnasium goes digital

Margaret Emerton
Mon 14 Dec

With in-person workshops unable to take place for much of 2020, like everyone, our Arts Gymnasium group for over 50s have had to adjust to new ways of working together. As their autumn term draws to a close, Arts Gym member Margaret Emerton reflects on her experience of taking part in online poetry workshops, and…

In Conversation with Static and Curtis Liburd
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In Conversation with Static and Curtis Liburd

Wed 09 Dec

As part of our Black Futures programme, we were excited to welcome Coventry grime artists Static and Curtis Liburd to the Belgrade for an afternoon of performance and conversation with our 2021 Co-Artistic Director Corey Campbell. Over the course of the day, they shared some of their songs with us, as well as discussing topics…

Geoff Thompson on Notes From a Factory Floor
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Geoff Thompson on Notes From a Factory Floor

Wed 09 Dec

Following the launch of his new memoir Notes from a Factory Floor, the Belgrade Theatre is delighted to be livestreaming a special in-conversation event with Coventry playwright and BAFTA-winning screenwriter Geoff Thompson at 7pm on Saturday 12 December. Known to Belgrade audiences as the writer of The Enemy musical We’ll Live and Die in These…

Black Futures: A Guided Meditation
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Black Futures: A Guided Meditation

Wed 09 Dec

Launched during Black History Month in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests across the world, our Black Futures programme is a multidisciplinary celebration of Black creativity, collaboration and entrepreneurship in the West Midlands, with events taking place both online and in-person. As part of the programme, we've been inviting artists, practitioners and community leaders…

New Shows Now on Sale
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New Shows Now on Sale

Mon 07 Dec

We are delighted to be planning for our reopening, as Covid restrictions begin to ease in Coventry and across the West Midlands over the coming months. Ahead of the start of our Spring Season in April 2021, we will be hosting a series of socially distanced test events, in line with the latest government guidelines.…

Jack and the Beanstalk Online: Tweet-Along
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Jack and the Beanstalk Online: Tweet-Along

Thu 03 Dec

To coincide with Panto Day 2020, we’ll be joined by members of the cast and company of Jack and the Beanstalk Online for a live tweet-through of this year’s Belgrade pantomime. On Friday 18 December, we’ll be recreating some of the fun of a live show by sitting down to watch the show together and responding…

Introducing our Spring Season 2021
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Introducing our Spring Season 2021

Tue 01 Dec

It's been a strange year, but today we're glad to be bidding 2020 goodbye by launching an exciting programme for spring 2021, which will lead us into the start of Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture. Running from March-July, our Spring Season 2021 will include an eclectic mix of musicals, drama, family shows and…

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…

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