Big School - Looking Back, Looking Forward

Posted on 27 June 2014

This week marks the culmination of the Belgrade Theatre’s annual tour of ‘Big School’ to primary and secondary schools across Coventry and Warwickshire.

Delivered in partnership with the local education authority, the Big School project has been touring local primary schools in Coventry since 1998. Overall, this year’s project has reached a total of 1,800 pupils from 38 different primary schools across Coventry, Birmingham and Sandwell.

Performed by a cast of three professional actors including Shereena Glean, Kim Hackleman and Jon Morris, this interactive production invites its audience of Year Six pupils to participate and talk about the action on stage to help prepare them for challenges they might face in making the move to ‘Big School’.

With the future of ‘Big School’ under threat and the 50th Anniversary of TiE imminent, Associate Director of Community & Education at the Belgrade, Justine Themen, offers her thoughts upon the lasting legacy of Big School, now entering its 16th successful year, and what this absence may mean to pupils embarking upon this difficult and highly significant period of personal transition.

Watch the full video interview with Justine Themen here.

For more information on the work of the TiE Company and to find out more about the theatre’s plans for the 50th Anniversary of TiE in 2015, visit the TiE page on our website.

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