Belgrade launches Inspiring Curiosity celebrating 50 years of TiE

Posted on 2 April 2015

On Wednesday 28th January 2015, the Belgrade launched Inspiring Curiosity – a year long programme of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of Theatre in Education (TiE). Watch the video of the event below:

The launch event saw inspiring speeches on the importance of TiE, delivered by former Artistic Director of the RSC, Michael Boyd and Gordon Vallins, who was a key figure in establishing TiE in the 60s. The Belgrade’s Artistic Director, Hamish Glen, was also on hand to welcome guests and Associate Director of the Belgrade’s Community & Education Company, Justine Themen, discussed the threats facing the future of TiE. Cllr Faye Abbott, Cabinet Member for Community Development of Cooperative and Social Enterprise, also offered words of support to the Inspiring Curiosity Campaign.

There were also performances from the Belgrade’s Youth Theatre groups showcasing their work through a partnership with esteemed theatre companies. This included a masked performance by the Asian Youth Theatre who have been working with Vamos Theatre Company, Senior Youth Theatre working with Frantic Assembly, and Black Youth Theatre partnered with Gateshead Studio.

Theatre in Education was a ground-breaking movement when it was established at the Belgrade in 1965 and continues to inspire children in schools today. To mark 50 wonderful years of TiE, the Belgrade is hosting two festivals of work, including In Our Own Words: A festival of work by and for young peopel, a two week festival in July and an October Festival: A festival of work created for children and young people. During this year of celebrations, the Belgrade will also be garnering support for it’s pledge to Support Drama In Schools and invites supporters to visit the Inspiring Curiosity website and join the campaign.

On 21 & 22 October, the Belgrade will be holding a two day Inspiring Curiosity Conference exploring the relationship between theatre and learning. Run in partnership with Coventry University and the University of Warwick, Coventry City Council, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Warwick Arts Centre and Big Brum, the conference includes workshops, presentations and discussions led by nationally and internationally renowned artists and companies. Find out more and book your place on the conference by visiting the Inspiring Curiosity website.

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