Belgrade Springboard Companies take centre stage in 2018

Posted on 4 July 2018

As part of our diverse offerings at the Belgrade Theatre, we take pride in supporting emerging artists through our Springboard Initiative, a scheme aimed at developing the next generation of performance artists and theatre-makers as they begin their careers, helping them to move on to the next chapter of their creative journeys.

This year, our five amazing Springboard Companies and Artists have been busy planning, producing and performing an exciting mix of excellent theatre, captivating audience members across the country and receiving some well-deserved recognition for their work.


Firstly, we’re thrilled to announce that Strictly Arts are the 2018 recipients of the prestigious Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund. With the bold mission statement to turn conventional theatre on its head using an inventive, multi-disciplinary approach, Strictly Arts enthralled audiences here at the Belgrade with their powerful and warmly received shows Freeman and Green Leaves Fall. This year, they’re set to continue their success as they make their Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut with Freeman, before embarking on a national tour of the show. Full dates and details can be found on the Strictly Arts website. You can also see them performing the show here at the Belgrade 5-8 September.

Hymns for Robots

Next up is Noctium Theatre, established by Coventry University graduates in 2014 to create unique and exciting theatrical experiences. The company has recently returned from Brighton Fringe Festival where they scooped up glowing reviews for their performance of Hymns for Robots, a brand new show inspired by the life and work of Coventry-born electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire. Don’t miss your chance to see the show on our B2 Stage 19-21 September 2018.

Currently planning for their next national tour, HighTime aim to make opera accessible to new audiences. Founded in 2014 by Executive Directors Felicity Green and Benjamin Hamilton, the company fuse sublime classical music with ambitious staging to create extraordinary experiences that truly resonate in the 21st century.


Our Springboard scheme doesn’t only support up and coming theatre companies. The programme also supports Nasreen Akhtar Khan, an independent producer based in Coventry who curates and produces the Belgrade Mela, an annual one-day festival celebrating South Asian arts and culture in the city. She is currently in the final stages of preparation for this year’s Belgrade Mela, which will take place on 21 July 2018.

From supporting individuals to festivals, we celebrate the diversity of talent we nurture through our Springboard scheme. We are proud to assist the delivery of Shoot Festival which showcases the best of up and coming talent from across the region. This annual festival presents an eclectic programme and is the only festival that supports new work being made exclusively in Coventry and Warwickshire. Ideas are currently being explored to make Shoot Festival 2019 their most explosive weekend to date.

The Springboard project also incorporates professional training opportunities such as or paid Trainee Assistant Director posts. Additionally we offer support in the delivery of productions and events though fundraising, mentoring, communications and office space. As a registered charity (number 219163) we are reliant on the continued support of our audiences, funders, corporate partners, Members and donor to ensure we can continue to develop our artistic and educational work and remain central to the communities that we serve.

If you wish to support our charitable work including our Springboard scheme please click here to find out how to make a donation. Thank you for your support!