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TOURING AUTUMN 2016 - Over the Top

Over the Top

Summer 1916. 141 days of horror begin as the Battle of the Somme becomes one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history. In a crowded hospital near the front line a nurse scrubs the floor in the relentless war against infection and disease, but not all the wounds of war can be treated in this manner.

Over the Top is a new theatre in education programme. Combining theatre performance and participatory drama workshops with your pupils, it explores duty and equality, autonomy and freedom through the experiences of serving men and women. The programme is appropriate for both Primary and Secondary schools and continues 'The End of Reason 1914-18', a five year project that explores aspects of the First World War from outbreak to armistice.

Please click here for full details

Posted 10/07/16



TOURING NOW - Macbeth

Macbeth

Big Brum is proud to present an exceptional Theatre in Education production of Macbeth with world class theatre and participatory workshops, for both Primary and Secondary schools.

"Stars hide your fires,
let not light see my black and deep desires"

2016 commemorates 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. To celebrate this momentous anniversary, and to give your students the opportunity to experience live Shakespeare within their school, Big Brum will tour an adaptation of Macbeth in the summer term of 2016 and spring term of 2017 . This production is aimed at Primary students in Year 5 and 6, and Secondary students in Year 7 and upwards. Macbeth is especially suitable for students of Drama, English, RE and PSHE.

Please click here for full details

Posted 30/03/16



Our City, Our Time

We are delighted to announce that, across April / May this year, Big Brum has a volunteering and training opportunity for up to a dozen volunteers. We won't be able to pay you, but you will get a generous expenses allowance of £10 a day, and the opportunity to be trained by our experienced Actors Teachers and then perform professionally. Even better, you don't have to commit to certain days; you can work with us on the days you are available over the two months.

Sound of interest? Have a look at this document and then get in touch.

Posted 10/03/16



Big Brum announces - Rumpelstiltskin - The Straw Baby

Once there was a miller who was poor, but who had a beautiful daughter.
Now it happened that he had to go and speak to the king, and in order to make himself appear important he said to him,
"I have a daughter who can spin straw into gold!"

Big Brum Theatre in Education Company is proud to present a new version of the classic fairytale. It has been designed for Key Stages 1 and 2, from 5 years old upwards. The Theatre in Education programme is designed to use role play and storytelling to develop speaking and listening skills, group discussion and interaction focused on creative problem solving and imaginative thinking.

Please click here for full details

Posted 19/10/15



Barefaced at the mac, Birmingham

Tuesday 17th November, 7.30pm

For young people living on the 'outside' life is dangerous when it's hard to know if people are who they say they are and even harder to know who to trust...

A rare opportunity to see the Big Brum perform to the public. Barefaced is about exploitation and the remarkable courage of young people that society has abandoned.

Tickets available from the mac box office: macbirmingham.co.uk/event/barefaced.

Posted 08/10/15



New on Flickr - Take a Tour Through Big Brum's History

Thanks to the hard work of volunteers, Big Brum's Flickr stream now has a complete collection of production images going right back to 1993 - an extensive visual history of our progress in the field of theatre in education.

Interested? Please click here to view over twenty years of history....

Posted 08/09/15



Barefaced - Meet the Cast!

Barefaced Cast

As our new production, Barefaced, is almost ready to go on the road, we have some YouTube interviews with some of our cast, our Director, and the Writer; all of whom give their insight on this exciting new play.

View the videos here: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4a4ktaj4COAjxym0McUk5g?feature=watch

Please click here for details of Barefaced

Posted 08/09/15



Big Brum on the crisis in schools touring

Our colleagues at the ITC recently wrote a blog about a crisis in schools touring experienced by many small arts organisations. Big Brum responded, and were very kindly asked to submit a full comment piece.

Read the piece on the ITC's website here: http://www.itc-arts.org/blog/big-brum-responds-to-our-recent-blog-on-the-crisis-in-theatre-in-education

Posted 17/07/15



Big Brum announces - Barefaced

In times of uncertainty, for those living on the 'outside', life can be dangerous when it's hard to know if people are who they say they are and even harder to know who to trust. There's always someone buying or selling something. The City is a jigsaw puzzle but some of the pieces are missing...

Touring this Autumn, Barefaced is about exploitation and the remarkable courage of young people that society has abandoned. The play is part of a two hour Theatre in Education programme that brings world-class theatre into your school, with accompanying workshops facilitated by highly skilled professional actor-teachers. It supports KS4 and KS5 Drama, English, Citizenship, RE and PSHE. Designed to challenge, develop thinking skills, imaginative thinking, and individual and collaborative work, the programme provides expert support which offers your pupils responsibility for their own learning.

Please click here for full details

Posted 29/06/15



Lie of the Land feedback

In May 2015, Big Brum ran a site specific production based on World War One called Lie of the Land. After experiencing the programme, two Year 6 students at Fairway Primary spontaneously responded to their experience by writing a poem. Big Brum often receives very positive feedback regarding the quality and impact of our work; but even by our standards, this feedback is memorable.

Interested? Please click here to read the full poem...

Posted 22/05/15



Big Brum commemorates 50 years of Theatre in Education with a year of work

Fifty years ago the first theatre in education (TiE) company was established at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry in a ground-breaking partnership between the theatre and the city council.

Despite challenging times for the sector Big Brum remains as committed as ever to our delivery of a wide range of exciting theatre in education work. We have a full schedule of activity planned from now until March 2016, and as ever are committed to touring theatre in education work of the highest quality and most engaging content. As well as our normal schools touring, keep an eye out for extra events under the TIE@50 badge (right).

Please click here for full details of our programme of work from 2015 to 2015, all of which celebrates the 50th anniversary of Theatre in Education.

As a bonus, for those of you interested in the history of Theatre in Education, Arts Professional have recently published an excellent short piece by our friend and colleague Justine Themen at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry:
www.artsprofessional.co.uk/magazine/282/article/much-more-drama-appreciation?utm_source=Weekly-Good-Reads&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Much-more-than-drama-appreciation&utm_campaign=26th-March-2015.

We hope to see you soon!

Posted 01/04/15



Big Brum announces Sepoy's Salute

'Sepoy's Salute' is a Theatre in Education programme that will bring world-class theatre into your Primary or Secondary school. Using performance and participatory drama workshops Sepoy's Salute will explore duty, servitude, freedom and responsibility through the eyes of an Indian soldier, a peasant labourer turned member of the Indian Corps that crossed the 'Black Water' into the firing line of industrialised warfare.

A clearing in a wood, France, summer 1915.
Another offensive. Gas, a hail of shells, bullets and confusion.
A meeting of an officer and men: men from different continents, from different worlds.
Amongst the shattered trunks and branches rank is suspended, loyalties questioned and the rules of war change...

Please click here for full details

Posted 06/02/15



Big Brum Flickr Account

Flickr

Big Brum is proud to announce our new Flickr account, showing photos from all our productions over the last 10 years. Take a look into the history of our practice....
www.flickr.com/photos/126702132@N08/sets/

Posted 18/09/14



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