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13 Exciting New Shows in 12 Action Packed Days!

Posted on 5 June 2015

As the days get longer and sunnier, join the Belgrade and our excellent youth theatre groups, bringing their own unique takes on life to the stage. Dealing with difficult themes, these young people don’t shy away from depicting the everyday challenges they face, as well as creating new worlds, believable characters and intense scenes of love, loss and devastation. The actors might be young, but the themes are certainly mature in this impressive showcase of 13 plays over 12 days. A variety of shows, with something for everyone and ‘Pay What You Can’ ticketing, there’s no reason not to explore and enjoy this new (and largely Coventry-grown) talent.

Watch Broken, a story of creativity vs rules, where the girls at school band together to take on the system. Forget the stereotypical depictions of teenagers – these girls are fighting for their right to be creative!

Or watch The Impossible Language of the Time, which looks at young people and protest, against a violent and unforgiving backdrop. Complex, depicting difficult scenes and full of anger, this one’s not for the faint-hearted (or very young). (Ages 12+)

From the outside world to, the workings and fragility of the mind, is CTRL ALT DELETE, which explores dealing with a parent with Alzheimers and an ambitious pupil needing to be in control. For everyone familiar with needing things just so, or for anyone who’s felt torn, powerless or eager to please, this play plays with hard decisions and difficult situations.

Somewhere to Belong explores identity and religion and finding your place in society. Teenagers might be growing up and transitioning from childhood to adulthood, but this powerful play looks at the journey within, the inner jihad of an Asian youth, in a world where that word is laden with negative meaning.

Fancy something a little more romantic? I Burn, I Pine, I Perish combines Shakespeare and a love story for a unique take on the evolution of a relationship, in collaboration with the RSC. Get lost in love as you grow old with the characters with the Bard’s timeless poetry.

Or, do you think today’s kids have it easy? Well think again. Sleeping Through The Alarm looks at the whirlwind of decisions that are involved in being a school-leaver today, and will leave you dizzy with the choices, pressures and aspirations. (Ages 12+)

Finally, there’s the Highly Sprung Physical Fellowship, from 13 – 16 July, a fantastic performance of physical theatre by young people, that will open your mind to new worlds, dreams and ideas through movement. (Tickets £7.25 full price, £6.25 concessions)

So come along to July Festival Weds 8 – Sun 19 July, and enjoy our theatre made by young people for young people.

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