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Saturday Shout Out: Ira Aldridge – Curiosity and Creative Language
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Saturday Shout Out: Ira Aldridge – Curiosity and Creative Language

Sat 23 May

If you’ve followed the Belgrade’s work closely over the last few years, you may already be familiar with the story of Ira Aldridge, an African-American actor who travelled to England in the 1820s, and made his name at a time when slavery was still widespread throughout the British Empire. In 1828, Aldridge came to Coventry,…

Open Theatre opens up about… Improvisation with Newspapers
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Open Theatre opens up about… Improvisation with Newspapers

Fri 22 May

While the lockdown continues, we’re thrilled that our friends at Open Theatre Company have been finding creative ways to continue with their work. Every week, they’ll be creating new “Open Theatre Opens Up” videos offering an insight into the way they work, and as one of our long-term partners, we wanted to help spread the word by…

Coronavirus Time Capsule, Week 5: School Life
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Coronavirus Time Capsule, Week 5: School Life

Fri 22 May

With schools across the world on lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve teamed up with local charity Grapevine on a new project that aims to tackle the impact of isolation and anxiety on teenagers’ mental health, providing a space for them to explore and share their experiences of the lockdown. The Coronavirus Time Capsule is a week-by-week project…

Belgrade Theatre Youth are Curious about Mental Health
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Belgrade Theatre Youth are Curious about Mental Health

Kim Hackleman
Fri 22 May

With this week marking Mental Health Awareness Week, Theatre Practitioner Kim Hackleman explains how our Click Spring team have been working with young participants during the lockdown. As well as promoting wellbeing by keeping young people connected and creative, their project Telling Stories on (the Small) Screen has this week invited them to explore and…

Watch Online: Reasons to be Cheerful
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Watch Online: Reasons to be Cheerful

Wed 20 May

This week, we're delighted to share the news that our friends at Graeae will be releasing their hit musical Reasons to be Cheerful online, produced in association with the Belgrade Theatre in 2017. Streaming via Graeae's website from Wednesday 3 June, Reasons to be Cheerful will be available to watch online for free until Monday…

Reasons to be Cheerful will be available to live stream from 3 June
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Reasons to be Cheerful will be available to live stream from 3 June

Wed 20 May

We are delighted to share the news that the UK’s leading disabled-led theatre company, Graeae, are releasing one of its biggest hits of recent years to be streamed online for free. From Weds 3 June – Mon 3 August, the smash hit musical Reasons to be Cheerful will be available to stream on Graeae’s website.…

WEDUCATION: Creating a show from scratch
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WEDUCATION: Creating a show from scratch

Wed 20 May

Ever wondered how an idea for a show is developed into a fully-formed theatre production? To offer an insight into the process, last year, we created a series of podcasts about the making of our show Under the Umbrella. The series took listeners on a journey through the show's creation: from researching and writing the story,…

Storytime: The Lion’s Whisker
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Storytime: The Lion’s Whisker

Tue 19 May

Today's story, The Lion's Whisker, is a traditional tale from Ethiopia, all about a not-so-wicked step-mother who goes to extraordinary lengths to win her step-son's love. Look out for more stories at 2.30pm every Tuesday! https://youtu.be/rnSwm7UIFMo

Monday Makes: Make your own milk bottle piggy bank
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Monday Makes: Make your own milk bottle piggy bank

Mon 18 May

This week's Monday Make is a simple way to get the family saving up ready for big treats once the lockdown is over, and all you need is an empty milk bottle and things to decorate it with. You'll need a grown-up to cut-out the slot at the top, but kids can get stuck into…

#CityWarmUps – Start your week with Highly Sprung
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#CityWarmUps – Start your week with Highly Sprung

Mon 18 May

With this week marking the Mental Health Foundation's Mental Health Awareness Week, we've been focusing on some of the ways that we can help to promote wellbeing and keep Coventry active during lockdown. Launched last week, our new #CityWarmUps project will see local artists and creative practitioners taking you step-by-step through the warm-ups they use…

Open Theatre opens up about… Scarf Dancing
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Open Theatre opens up about… Scarf Dancing

Fri 15 May

While the lockdown continues, we're thrilled that our friends at Open Theatre Company have been finding creative ways to continue with their work. Every week, they'll be creating new "Open Theatre Opens Up" videos offering an insight into the way they work, and as one of our long-term partners, we wanted to help spread the…

Coronavirus Time Capsule, Week 4: If I Could Be Anywhere Right Now
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Coronavirus Time Capsule, Week 4: If I Could Be Anywhere Right Now

Fri 15 May

With schools across the world on lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve teamed up with local charity Grapevine on a new project that aims to tackle the impact of isolation and anxiety on teenagers’ mental health, providing a space for them to explore and share their experiences of the lockdown. The Coronavirus Time Capsule is a week-by-week project…

Watch Online: Under the Umbrella
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Watch Online: Under the Umbrella

Thu 14 May

Following the success of the recent streaming of our production Crongton Knights, we're delighted to announce our very first full show streaming via our own YouTube Channel. First staged at the Belgrade Theatre in Spring 2019, Amy Ng's Under the Umbrella will have its online premiere from 22-29 May. Click play below to watch the…

WEDUCATION: Creating a soundscape
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WEDUCATION: Creating a soundscape

Wed 13 May

To celebrate the news that Sally Cookson’s A Monster Calls will be streamed online by The Old Vic in June, we’ve been taking a look back at some of the resources we used alongside the show's run in Coventry earlier this year. In today's Weducation activity, you'll find out what a soundscape is, and have a…

WEDUCATION: Sally Cookson on How to Make a Monster
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WEDUCATION: Sally Cookson on How to Make a Monster

Wed 13 May

To celebrate the news that Sally Cookson's A Monster Calls will be streamed online by The Old Vic in June, we've been taking a look back at some of the videos we shared ahead of the show's run in Coventry earlier this year. One of the biggest challenges in bringing the story to the stage…

Storytime: The Bear Who Went to War
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Storytime: The Bear Who Went to War

Tue 12 May

Today's Storytime video features local playwright Alan Pollock (One Night in November) reading his own debut children's book, The Bear Who Went To War. Illustrated by Bryony Thomson and published by Old Barn Books, it tells the amazing true story of Wojtek, a brown bear who was recruited into the Polish army during the Second…

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