THE BELGRADE Theatre’s ‘Unplugged’ series will bring theatre closer to local people than ever before.
First launched in 2013, the week-long performance programme will bring rehearsed readings and sneak-peaks from the Coventry theatres’ Autumn season to venues across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire.
And, for the first time in the event’s history, one resident or organisation will have the chance to choose the venue for an exclusive performance.
Building on the great success of Unplugged 2013 and 2014, this year’s event – taking place between Saturday, June 20 and Saturday, June 27 – will see the Belgrade theatre leave its Coventry home to visit a host of exciting new locations across Coventry and Warwickshire.
New and existing audience members alike will be given the rare opportunity to preview the theatre’s programme of upcoming work, including the UK stage premieres of new musical ‘Crush’, a preview of this year’s alternative B2 Xmas show ‘Vampomime’ and a look ahead to 2016’s production of Moliere’s ‘The Sisterhood’.
Development Director at the Belgrade and Unplugged Co-ordinator, David Jane, said the stripped-back – or ‘unplugged’ – performances without the sets and lighting of the theatre were an important part of what The Belgrade does.
He added: “This year marks a new milestone in the history of Belgrade Unplugged.
“For the first time this year, we’re giving local residents the chance to get up close and personal with the theatrical process by bidding for Unplugged to visit their venue of choice, whether that be their local park, village hall or living room.
“Belgrade Theatre Unplugged is all about bringing theatre out to the communities we serve and what better way to do so than by giving local residents a chance to have their say on where they would like to see Unplugged performed.
“I’m really looking forward to finding out what exciting and intriguing places our audiences have in mind for 2015.”
Belgrade Unplugged 2015 listings:
- Saturday, June 20, 12.30pm – B4 Grill and Signatures Café Bar at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.
- Monday, June 22, 7.30pm – Nicholas Chamberlaine Almshouses, Bedworth.
- Tuesday, June 23, 2.30pm – The Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Parkridge Centre at Brueton Park, Solihull.
- Wednesday, June 24, 3pm – Coombe Abbey Hotel, Coventry.
- Wednesday, June 24, 7.30pm – The Merchant’s Inn, Rugby.
- Friday, June 26, 7pm – Fargo Village, Coventry.
- Saturday, June 27, 2pm – Kenilworth Castle, Kenilworth.
- Saturday, June 27, 7.30pm – The Old Grammar School, Coventry.