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Birmingham Hippodrome in association with Open Theatre Company worked with staff and students from Queensbury special school to produce  "Oueensbury Capers" a  silent slapstick film which was premiered at The Electric Cinema on 26th June.


Richard Hayhow, director of Open Theatre with 25 year experience of creating theatre with learning disabilities says "Slapstick is one of the hardest art forms to perform,requiring great timing, physical prowess and skilful interation with other performers. The group have shown extraordinary ability to express physically with their bodies and faces- true silent movie stars in the making"


19 male dance students from Walsall College, Birmingham Ormiston Academy, and Stratford-upon-Avon College created a dazzling curtain-raiser based around themes from  Matthew Bourne’s acclaimed production of Swan Lake.

Working with one of Matthew Bourne’s Principal Dancers, Dominic North and Clare Palethorpe, a freelance dance practitioner, the young dancers and choreographers created a stunning five minute performance piece titled ‘Swans and Princes’ which was watched by over 1,800 people prior to both the matinee and evening  performances of Swan lake, and even by Matthew Bourne himself!

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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.

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 “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

Now in its seveth fantastic year the young carers project has been developed further,  providing a welcome break for young people with caring responsibilities and a chance to meet and interact with other youngsters in similar circumstances.

This year young carers from Spurgeons Birmingham ,Dudley and Wolverhampton came together at Easter and Summer to devise to an original piece of theatre that was performed in the Patrick Centre on Friday 1 August.

Inspired by Wicked and using the theme of fairytales, young people created thier own performance IMAGINE,CREATE,BELIEVE.

All stories,songs,set,costume and props were created by the young people.


 Thank you to Baron Davenport's Charity, George Fentham Birmingham Charity, Joseph Hopkins Charity, The Bernard Piggott Trust, The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Eveson Trust and The Patrick Trust, for your continued support.


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