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Podcast: Making the Icons with director Joe Harmston
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Podcast: Making the Icons with director Joe Harmston

Fri 29 May

With lots of us faced with time to fill at home, lockdown can be a great opportunity for learning - something that our Associate Director Joe Harmston is tapping into with his new podcast series. As a writer and director, Joe has been making shows around the world since the early 1990s, and his SoundCloud…

Coronavirus Time Capsule, Week 6: Friendship
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Coronavirus Time Capsule, Week 6: Friendship

Fri 29 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…

Richard Sadler – Looking back on 35 years
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Richard Sadler – Looking back on 35 years

Thu 28 May

Since learning of the sad loss of Richard Sadler, we’ve been reflecting on the incredible body of work he undertook with us as photographer for the Belgrade Theatre from 1958-1994. Richard joined the Belgrade as a photographer the same year the theatre opened in 1958, built as part of the large-scale redevelopment of the city…

An Open Letter to the Culture Secretary from BAME Artistic Directors
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An Open Letter to the Culture Secretary from BAME Artistic Directors

Thu 28 May

In light of revelations about the racial disparity in the ongoing health crisis, our three 2021 Co-Artistic Directors have joined a group of artistic leaders in calling on the government and the sector to ensure that ethnic diversity is protected and celebrated, and does not fall by the wayside in the face of the challenges the…

Watch Online: Made in India
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Watch Online: Made in India

Thu 28 May

Following our YouTube streaming of Under the Umbrella this week, we're excited to be teaming up again with our friends at Tamasha to share our 2017 production Made in India online. Co-produced by the Belgrade Theatre and Tamasha in association with Pilot Theatre, Satinder Chohan's Made in India premiered in Coventry from 24 January-4 February…

WEDUCATION – Adapting a novel for the stage
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WEDUCATION – Adapting a novel for the stage

Wed 27 May

Ever read a book and thought that it would make a great film or play? Over the years, novels have been an important source of stories for the stage and screen. Many of our own productions at the Belgrade have been based on or inspired by books, from Noughts and Crosses to Frankenstein. In this…

WEDUCATION: Drafting a script with Amy Ng
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WEDUCATION: Drafting a script with Amy Ng

Wed 27 May

For this week's Weducation posts, we're taking a look at the subject of writing plays, and in particular, how an existing idea or story is developed into a script. With Under the Umbrella streaming via our YouTube channel until Friday 29 May, our first post is a look back at our 2019 podcast with playwright…

Storytime: The Clever Wife
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Storytime: The Clever Wife

Tue 26 May

This week's story is set a long time ago in China, and is all about a man named Fu-Hsing and his very clever wife. Look out for more stories at 2.30pm every Tuesday!   https://youtu.be/qLkxcpGipTE

Monday Makes: Make your own Eid lanterns
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Monday Makes: Make your own Eid lanterns

Mon 25 May

As well as ending with a bank holiday in the UK, this weekend also marked the Muslim festival of Eid-al-Fitr worldwide - a huge celebration at the end of fasting during Ramadan. Eid officially begins with the sighting of the crescent moon, and as such, images of moons often feature prominently as part of the…

#CityWarmUps – Empowr-U
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#CityWarmUps – Empowr-U

Mon 25 May

It might be a Bank Holiday Monday, but we're still here at 8.30am sharp with a new City Warm-Up to help get you energised and ready for the week ahead. This week, Joe Graham from youth empowerment organisation Empowr-U has a fun warm-up game to share that you can try at home with the kids.…

Saturday Shout Out: Ascension Dance goes digital
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Saturday Shout Out: Ascension Dance goes digital

Sat 23 May

As part of our wide-ranging talent development work, Coventry-based Ascension Dance are one of our long-term partner companies at the Belgrade. Run by Ashley Jordan (AJ) and Ben Morley, Ascension Dance had been steadily expanding its youth dance offering in the lead-up to the lockdown, with participant numbers continually growing, and its newest group, Rise,…

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…

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