On Saturday 18th July, Bulwell Youth Theatre will perform their devised piece Little Red as part of the Inspiring Curiosity Theatre in Education Festival at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. This performance is the culmination of a tour of the county, which in the past couple of weeks has seen them perform at Nottingham Castle, here at Nottingham Playhouse, at 6 different schools in the Bulwell area, and the Mansfield Old Library Youth Theatre festival!
The Inspiring Curiosity Festival is part of the Theatre in Education (TiE) 50th Anniversary celebrations, marking 50 years since The Belgrade Theatre in Coventry established a company dedicated to using theatrical performance and drama workshops to explore issues of cultural, social, political and moral significance as part of a free service to schools and the young people.
Bulwell Youth Theatre is an after-school group for ages 9 – 14 from 5 different schools across Bulwell. It is run by practitioners from Nottingham Playhouse including a young director who is from the Bulwell community, and receives valuable support from Bulwell Academy and Bulwell EAZ. Bulwell Youth Theatre will be taking 24 of its members to Coventry to perform Little Red – a very dark physical theatre version of the well known fairy story, entirely devised by the kids. The piece looks at the concept of young people and internet safety, particularly with regards to social media – in this version, the wolf stalks Red Riding Hood via Twitter and Facebook.
Nottingham Playhouse’s Education Officer Allie Spencer says: “They are a great group to work with. They have tons of ideas, they are always prepared to try new things and they are totally committed to the youth theatre. I’m really excited that people outside Nottingham will get a chance to see how good they are.”
Little Red will be performed at 4.30pm on Saturday 18th July. Find out more about the performance via the Belgrade website here.