Get a first taste of what to expect from our 2021 leadership team during Coventry's year as City of Culture

As the Coventry City of Culture Trust makes its first big programme announcement this week, here at the Belgrade, we’re using the opportunity to take a look ahead at some of the major projects we have coming up next year.

Since September last year, our three 2021 Co-Artistic Directors – Corey Campbell, Justine Themen and Balisha Karra – have been working to develop an exciting programme for our City of Culture year, alongside 2021 Senior Producer Sâmir Bhamra.

Together they will bring a unique perspective to the Belgrade Theatre, collaborating with members of the local community to unleash its creative power and celebrate its diversity, driving positive change as they explore new ways of working for a 21st century theatre.

As part of our Spring programme, we’re excited to be welcoming Paines Plough’s ROUNDABOUT to Coventry. A familiar sight at the Edinburgh Festival each year, ROUNDABOUT is a pop-up theatre that travels around the UK. Here in Coventry, we’ll be taking it out into the community, providing residents with opportunities to watch and programme shows outside the Belgrade Theatre building.

Balisha Karra said, “We’re really excited to be bringing theatre into the heart of the community in Coventry with Paines Plough’s ROUNDABOUT. Bringing ROUNDABOUT to Coventry for 2021 means we can give people the opportunity to engage with theatre in their own spaces.

“As well as sharing four fantastic new stories – including one by a local writer – we’ll also be helping members of the community to use ROUNDABOUT to programme their own shows and events, empowering them to develop new skills, express themselves creatively and tell the stories that matter to them.”