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Students from Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA) were selected to perform in front of an audience of almost 2,000 on the theatre’s main stage ahead of Matthew Bourne’s new production of Sleeping Beauty at Birmingham Hippodrome. The group of 20 dance students from the academy worked alongside six young choreographers from the region to create a piece which would reflect the style and features of Bourne’s production. The young choreographers worked under the Artistic Direction of Clare Palethorpe through the Re:Bourne charitable arm of Matthew Bourne’s company, New Adventures. 



Gaynor Cheshire, principal at BOA, said "This was an amazing opportunity for all involved.  Matthew Bourne is incredible and working alongside members of his company taught the students so much.  We are thankful to Birmingham Hippodrome for allowing the students to perform to such a large audience."


 Loving Me

On the 14 and 15 February Birmingham Hippodrome presented Loving Me a brand-new musical theatre work from a company of Looked After Young People working in conjunction with Women & Theatre.

The piece included powerful personal perspectives on the theme of love, and original music written and performed by the young people.

"There should be as many words for love as Eskimos have words for snow."

Loving Me in the Guardian CLICK HERE 

Press Review CLICK HERE


For the last 3 years Birmingham Hippodrome has ran literacy weeks in Firs Primary School. They take place once a term with each year group.

These have covered a wide range of themes linking to the performances on the main stage such as Oliver but also linking with topics on the curriculum that the students are studying.

All projects are created specifically for the group, their needs and requirements. Projects have been  based on the rainforest , around the world , fairytales and more recently pantomime. In which year 5 created their own version of our pantomime Robinson Crusoe.
All workshops last for 1 week in total, starting with a day at Birmingham Hippodrome and then Birmingham Hippodrome staff going into school for the remaining 4 days, creating a piece that can be shared with the rest of the school along with parents on the Friday afternoon.
After the Hippodrome workshops in school we saw a real change in the children who quite often don’t take part in carpet time activities, put their hand up and are very shy. Once they were given the opportunity to express themselves they came out of their shell and became more lively and vocal. With their speaking and listening skills we have seen a real improvement” – Year 1 Teacher

We offer backstage tours on a regular basis to primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities and community groups.

group tour

 “It was an amazing morning for the entire group who were involved, with everyone commenting on how spectacular the theatre was from a backstage point of view” Cerebral Palsy West Midlands
“The backstage tour was excellent and gave loads of additional benefits”
Teacher Blue Coat School
“I have always wanted to go backstage, so I was thrilled when I found out we were able to. I loved finding  out about props , sound and costumes”
Student Bournville Junior School

Each summer Young Carers from around the city join us in August for a very special week of dance, drama and singing workshops culminating in an energetic and fun performance on the Friday afternoon
Our work with young carers, generously supported by The Patrick Trust, is now in its sixth fantastic year, providing a welcome break for young people with caring responsibilities and a chance to meet and interact with other youngsters in similar circumstances.

Young Carers



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