Belgrade takes part in Coventry Mysteries Week

Posted on 24 June 2011

Organised by The Coventry Mysteries Company, Mysteries Week ran from 20 to 26 June and saw existing arts organisations, theatres and community groups collaborating with city schools, youth and adult groups and artists to create a week of eclectic arts and cultural events held around the city.

In collaboration with the Belgrade Theatre pupils from Richard Lee Primary, Berkswell C of E Primary, King Henry VIII Preparatory, Henley in Arden Montessori and two home schools created a documentary film called My Perfect School, which challenged the children to think about their right to education and what ‘My Perfect School’ would be like. The film was screened on Mon 20 and Thurs 23 June on the Live Site screen outside Coventry Transport Museum.

Belgrade Theatre Education Officer, Sam Allison said: “Working on this documentary has been great for the Belgrade and for the kids as it looks at five very different primary education styles from a child’s perspective. The film explores what an ideal school might look like and what primary school students think of their education today.”

The Belgrade Youth Theatre also created a piece of street theatre called Article 30, so called after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled. In this piece of work the young people questioned what it means to have rights: to live, to choose your religion and celebrate your own culture.

Leon Phillips, Drama Worker at the Belgrade Theatre, said the performance demonstrated how conformity exists within society and the affect it has on those who break away: “Over the last few weeks members of the youth group have been asking themselves what it means to have rights and what responsibilities to others do rights brings with them. The result has been a creative and emotive piece which centres on the journey of one lady who gives in to the pressure to conform but eventually finds the strength within herself to be who she truly wants to be, thus influencing those around her to do the same.”

The performance of Article 30 took place on Ironmonger Row in Coventry City Centre on Saturday 25 June. Gemma Hancock, events assistant for Coventry Mysteries Company, added: “The students’ focus and natural ability shines through the performance making it extremely enjoyable to watch.”

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