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Big Brum announces The Angry Roads

Big Brum Theatre in Education Company announces the world premiere of a new play by Edward Bond, combining a new Theatre in Education programme with world class theatre and participatory workshops, in production from October 2014 aimed at year 9 upwards.

Evening in the city. In a flat a teenage boy is sorting through play things from his childhood; he is sorting through his past in search of the truth about an accident that destroyed his family. The Father remains silent, is he refusing or unable to speak about it? The son struggles to know the truth and take control of his future.

This production, Bond's 10th new commission for Big Brum, is an extraordinary and compelling drama by one of the world's greatest dramatists. Please click here for full details

Posted 11/04/14

NEW SECTION - Case Studies

Big Brum presents case studies from projects we have been involved in over the years.

Erdington Hall Primary School, 2013 This describes partnership work involving Big Brum working with Year 3 children and staff at a primary school in Erdington, Birmingham in Summer 2013. (Opens in a new Window as a Microsoft Word document)

Abbeywood First School, 2013 - This case study shares some of the extraordinary work carried out by teachers and children across Abbeywood First School, Redditch in response to Big Brum's TIE programme 'The Giant's Embrace'. (Opens in a new Window as a Microsoft Word document)

Posted 04/04/14

Big Brum presents 1914 - Home Front - Front Line

Big Brum Theatre in Education Company is pleased to announce a major new programme of work focused around the centenary of World War One. Using cutting edge participatory theatre and drama, this ambitious five year project will explore aspects of the conflict from the centenary of its outbreak to the armistice.

Part One of the project is called Home Front - Front Line and in 2014 this new Theatre in Education programme will take a touring play into primary schools from June to July followed by an Autumn and Winter tour into secondary schools in September and October.

Please click here for full details

Posted 21/01/14

The Giant's Embrace, now taking bookings

Big Brum is pleased to announce that once again it is taking bookings for it's highly regarded theatre in education programme for Key Stages 1 and 2; The Giant's Embrace. The programme is touring from February to July 2014; please click here for full details.

Posted 21/01/14

Touched at the mac

Big Brum is performing its current play, 'Touched', at The Foyle Theatre at the mac on Thursday 20th February. The play starts at 7.15pm, running for one hour 45 minutes, and followed by a half hour Q&A. Details and tickets are available from:

Posted 13/01/14

Learning Through Theatre, 3rd edition, published by Routledge - out now!

Big Brum's Artistic Director Chris Cooper has contributed two chapters to this new publication Learning Through Theatre, 3rd edition. Theatre in Education has consistently been at the cutting edge of the ever-growing field of Applied Theatre; this comprehensively revised new edition makes an international case for why, and how, it will continue to shape ways in which the participatory arts contribute to the learning of young people (and increasingly, adults) in the 21st century. There will be a book launch at the Birmingham REP on Friday November 8th.

More information available from:

Posted 18/10/13

Talk on Refugees

Speech given by Dan Brown of Big Brum on it's Refugees project for Arts Connect West Midlands, describing the the type of work Big Brum can do with young people outside schools:

Posted 18/10/13

Big Brum's Production Blog for Touched

Big Brum is delighted to present our new production blog for Touched. Written by Big Brum's Education Partnership Worker, Matt Hinks, the blog will be updated every few days with latest infomation about the rehearsal process, photos, comment, insights; a fascinating look into how we work. Click the link below to read on!

Posted 18/09/13

Big Brum's new offer to schools

Big Brum's new offer to schools outlines a menu of support that the Company can deliver to schools using our current primary and secondary touring programmes. We can also offer bespoke work including professional development for teachers, transitions projects, working with special schools and excluded young people, with drama and teaching undergraduates and through projects with nurseries, theatres and libraries.

Click here to download our latest offer document! (Opens as an Adobe PDF document in a new window)

Posted 18/09/13

Comment from Edward Bond on Touched

World renowned playwright Edward Bond had this to say about Big Brum's new play Touched:

"Touched combines the idealism of the young with their urgent desire to make their vision practical.
Indirectly it reminded me of Shakespeare's The Tempest. But in Touched the future lies not with Prospero's resigned resignation but with a girl and her friend.
The girl is like Prospero's daughter but also so unlike her - she has the power of innocence but the insight of experience. You can hope either because you dont understand the problem or because you have courage. The young people in this play understand their problems and have the courage to try to change them. You will never make the 'brave new world' without the brave young people to make it. Touched is for the brave young people. It is a strangely powerful play and Big Brum at its best."

Posted 18/09/13

Big Brum in Dublin

Big Brum's latest performance abroad is taking place at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin, on the 18th July. If you are based in Ireland, come along and see us perform. Tickets from:

Posted 12/07/13

New Programme - Touched

"Don't want to come out? Don't blame yer. Believe me darlin' I've seen everythin there is to see an' it's not all it's cracked up to be...no place for a kid. Makes yer old before yer time. Ouch! Steady on with yer size nines"

A city in the throes of a riot. A child is born into chaos and uncertainty. Who can give her a home? What will become of her? It will be years before the answer will be known; a child touched by madness, touched by greed and cruelty, touched by freedom and hope.

Big Brum is proud to present Touched, the final act of a trilogy of Big Brum plays; Dereliction (2008) and Stitch Up (2010). It continues an exploration of the lives of young people on the margins of a society at war with itself, and their desire to find community.

Click here NOW for more details on Touched

Posted 01/07/13

Big Brum in China

Big Brum continues to be committed to supporting theatre-in-education work around the world.

Click below for an interview on Beijing Television about The Box Room, a new play for young people in China aged 3-6, by Big Brum's Artistic Director Chris Cooper. The Box Room was produced by Drama Rainbow, directed by Cao Xi, designed by Ceri Townsend at The National Theatre, Beijing, 10 June 2013. http://video.sina.com.cn/p/news/v/2013-06-13/090762541959.html.

Posted 18/06/13

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