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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…

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.…

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