Romance, Race & Reincarnation – Belgrade Theatre Presents B2 Season of Love & Belonging
From romance and reincarnation to the nuances of race and shadism, Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre is serving up an eclectic mix of shows as part of its B2 Season of Love and Belonging, ideal for experience-seekers.
The season begins with the world premiere of Holding the Centre, a gritty new play by Birmingham writer Joan Carty. Featuring a cast and creative team comprised of up-and-coming West Midlands talent, this powerful production explores the tough choices made by one young man as he battles against discrimination, and how they affect the people closest to him.
Similar themes emerge in Crongton Knights, a new adaptation of Alex Wheatle’s Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize winning YA novel, premiering in Coventry 8-22 February. Set on a fictional South London estate, this fast-paced adventure combines inventive physical theatre with a beatbox soundscape to tell the story of a group of teenagers who set out to help a friend in need, against a backdrop of gang division. Following the huge success of Noughts and Crosses, the show is the second play to emerge from a consortium set up to create work for young audiences.
Meanwhile, from 14-21 September, Bring on the Bollywood creators Phizzical serve up an explosive new musical with an LGBT love story at its heart. Featuring an original soundtrack fusing pop, R&B and Bollywood sounds, Stardust will be the UK’s first South Asian-led stage production to feature a same-sex marriage, drawing inspiration from the popular reincarnation thrillers of Bollywood cinema to explore the idea of love between two souls, free from gender.
Continuing the focus on LGBT characters from the British South Asian community, Hanif Kureishi’s groundbreaking 1985 film My Beautiful Laundrette is reimagined for the stage from 29 October-2 November, featuring brand new music from Pet Shop Boys composers Tennant/Lowe. Packed with heart and humour, this culture clash comedy follows the romance that blossoms between old schoolfriends Johnny and Omar, with Gordon Warnecke, who starred as Omar in the film, now returning in the role of Omar’s father.
Tickets to all of these shows and more are available to book now at belgrade.co.uk. Book for two or more together to claim 20% off your purchase.