Birmingham Hippodrome’s new Young Community Drop-In Sessions have been developed by our Young Advocates.

The sessions will run on the last Wednesday of the month, 5.30 – 7.30pm.

Suitable for anyone aged 14+, these sessions have been designed to be creative outlets for young people and offer spaces to relax, connect with others and feel welcome.

The sessions are open to young people of all levels and abilities and our Young Advocates are ready to support anyone who would like a buddy during the session or to have a chat in advance to find out more about the sessions. Please email

Wed 25 May, 5.30 – 7.30pm Movement workshop, Calico
Wed 29 June, 5.30 – 7.30pm Activity and facilitator tbc

Drop in for as little or long as you wish
There’s a chill out/breakout space available too

A Movement workshop with Calico: What did you do last Wednesday?

Join the Calico team for a devising workshop all about making the everyday extraordinary. We’ll start by asking you the simple question: ‘What did you do last Wednesday?’, and help you unlock new physical and multimedia storytelling skills through improvisation, play and silliness, to make even the most boring story exciting. You don’t need to be a mover to take part, and all abilities are welcome – just bring an open mind! 

About Calico

We are Calico, a Birmingham-based dance theatre duo with a drive to devise movement-driven work that facilitates important social conversations. Our work normally starts with a question; whether it’s ‘What did you do last Wednesday?’, or ‘What would you do if men had a curfew?’, and is choreographed to a score of verbatim answers from as many people as we can reach. We mould our work around the people and places it is for, and in the past, we’ve performed in shopping centres, car parks, cemeteries, reservoirs, and even on trains. Driven by the aim of elevating community voices, the work we create often blends dance, theatre and film to find new and exciting ways to bring to life the stories we uncover.

About our Young Advocates

The Young Advocates programme launched in January 2021 with a group of young people aged 14-22 who are working with the Hippodrome to shape the future of the venue’s participation work for young people.

The Young Advocates programme is supported by Worcestershire-based creative communications agency, DRPG.

We are very grateful to the following Trusts and Foundations for their funding support for Hippodrome Young Advocates:
William A Cadbury Trust
The Oakley Charitable Trust
The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
The Richardson Brothers Foundation