Belgrade’s 50+ group Shines On as part of Coventry Mysteries Festival

Posted on 5 June 2013

Following their hugely successful performance of Shine On at the Belgrade Theatre last year, members of the theatre’s 50+ group will be performing their new production, From the End Spring New Beginnings, as part of the Coventry Mysteries Festival.

The 20 minute production, which fits in with the re-creation theme of this year’s festival, will be performed in the city centre at The Mysteries Festival Hub, which is located at 19 Market Way, at noon everyday from Tues 11 to Sat 15 June.

This new show invites the audience into the heart of a world in continuous construction. Engineers and architects redesign and arrange the physical landscape; artists create alternative perspectives; and communities expand and reform. Here you will meet a number of people, all of whom have had to re-create themselves on a daily, monthly or yearly basis. As the story of the city unfolds and the landscape is rebuilt, individual stories of new beginnings intertwine with the changing of nature’s seasons.

Antonia Beck, project leader, said, “The Shine On Group are delighted to be back working on this new performance project for the Coventry Mysteries Festival, and we hope that audiences will come out and support us. The Mysteries Festival theme of ‘re-creation’ is one that has significantly struck a chord with all the group members, and we have really enjoyed exploring a range of different ideas with theatre director Orit Azaz, who specialises in creating work for non-traditional theatres spaces.”

Director Orit Azaz is an artistic director and facilitator whose experience combines directing large-scale performances and events, developing contexts for collaborations between artists and communities and project, process and event design. Orit was creative director of Portrait of a Nation as part of Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture, involving young people, artists and partners from 17 UK cities in a creative exploration of what it means to be British. Most recently Orit has been working with Nofit State Circus and communities across the UK and France to develop a new language of large scale open air circus theatre.

The Belgrade’s 50+ group began life as part of the theatre’s Creative Gymnasium programme – a pilot project created in partnership with Age UK Coventry and Coventry University, which explored how taking part in arts activity can significantly improve and maintain positive health and well-being for the 50+ population of Coventry.

The Coventry Mysteries Festival is an eight day celebration of free dance, drama, music and the arts taking place across the city from 8 to 15 June. The festival aims to transform urban spaces and provide opportunities for citizens and visitors to perceive spaces and community relations in different ways.

Attendance at From the End Spring New Beginnings is free, but there is a limited audience capacity. Unfortunately there is no lift access at the Mysteries Hub so the performance space, which is on the first floor, can only be accessed by stairs. If you have any access issues then please bear this in mind.