Big Brum is a registered charity (no. 514071), which was founded in 1982. Big Brum delivers Theatre-in-Education programmes and community projects underpinned by a central artistic policy. Each year Big Brum work with over 80 schools and 5000 children and young people, including pupil referral units and other educational spaces throughout the West Midlands.
Big Brum seeks to provide the highest quality Theatre in Education programme for young people across all age ranges and abilities. The company uses theatre and drama alongside young people to make meaning of their lives and the world around them. The work has a strong theoretical basis: focusing artistically on the power of theatre images and dramatic action to create resonances and challenge us to new ways of thinking; whilst being educationally grounded in active learning and problem solving. Big Brum have developed a unique partnership with their associate artist, playwright Edward Bond, who has written ten plays for the company since 1995.
The company was awarded an Action for Children's Arts Members Award in 2010 for its outstanding contribution to the aim of enriching children's lives through the arts, and Big Brum is recognised internationally as a leading centre for excellence in arts education.