Big Aunty at the Belgrade
Keiran, Corey and Lexi
Big Aunty, at The Belgrade Theatre’s B2 Auditorium, Coventry, from Monday 24 April to Saturday 6 May.
Alexia McIntosh and Kieran Hamilton-Amos to star alongside Belgrade Theatre Creative Director Corey Campbell in Big Aunty.
Midlands-born performers Alexia McIntosh (‘Anna of Cleves’ in Six the Musical in the West End and on UK tour) and Kieran Hamilton-Amos (recently seen as ‘Grimeboy’ in Grimeboy at the Birmingham Rep) will join Belgrade Theatre Creative Director Corey Campbell in Big Aunty, directed and devised by Campbell (Fighting Irish, Seaview, Freeman).
The production will also feature a seven-person ensemble choir, drawn from the talent in the local community.
Big Aunty – the first home produced show of the spring season – will play in The Belgrade’s B2 auditorium from Monday 24 April – Saturday 6 May, with a press night on Wednesday 26 April.
Big Aunty’s dead. Her funeral’s back in Jamaica, where she returned some years ago. The children she brought up together long ago, but have lost touch and gone their separate ways, are now forced to come together again, all these years later.
Big Aunty was the matriarch – a Mum to some, a ‘second’ Mum to others. She took in waifs and strays from reckless parents when they had nowhere else to go, and she gave them a home. But now she’s gone and there’s a Big Aunty-shaped hole in everyone’s world.
Now they’ll need to confront, not just each other, but their difficult pasts, and uncertain futures. Can they finally lay their differences to rest along with Big Aunty?
This darkly comic family drama is alive with ideas and emotions that connect us all; offering a welcome opportunity to gather and reflect on challenging times, and how we can find a path to resolution.
Birmingham-born Alexia McIntosh trained at the Birmingham School of Acting, and then went on to enjoy success as part of the ‘Queedom’ playing ‘Anna of Cleves’ in Six The Musical in the West End and then on UK tour. Other stage credits include ‘Tina/Nunn’ in Sister Act at the Gordon Craig Theatre, ‘Obax’ in Opera For The Unknown Woman at the Fuel Theatre, ‘Chief Weasel’ in Wind In The Willows at the Old Rep Theatre, ‘Abiola’ in Save Our School Dinners…Jamie!! at the Belgrade Theatre and Old Rep Theatre and ‘Rosa’ in Godiva Rocks at Belgrade Theatre.
Keiren Hamilton-Amos was also born and raised in Birmingham and studied Applied Performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Since graduating Keiren has been a part of varying National and International tours for many prestigious theatres and he is a long term member of Strictly Arts Theatre Company. Keiren most recently played GRIMEBOY in Grimeboy at the Birmingham Rep, Edgar in of 'Tom's Midnight Garden' with Theatre by the Lake and TV debut in upcoming BBC/Netflix CHAMPION
Appointed Belgrade Creative Director in 2022, after holding the post of one of three Co-Artistic Directors of the theatre for 2021 for City of Culture Year 2021, Corey Campbell is also Artistic Director of Strictly Arts Theatre Company, formerly supported by the Belgrade’s Springboard talent development programme. Through productions such as Green Leaves Fall and the critically acclaimed, Edinburgh sell-out show Freeman, Strictly Arts used their collaborative, devising process to bring stories from real people to the stage, building long-lasting relationships with audiences through targeted workshop and outreach programmes, with a particular focus on African and Caribbean communities.
Corey Campbell explains, “As a devising artist, I often use theatre to help express who I am, but right now I see so many people in the same place as me. A lot of us have experienced loss over the last couple of years – it feels like the whole country is mourning.
“But as the character, Big Aunty, might say: “There is no resurrection without death”, and I’m now reaching a place where I can experience some joy through the pain of loved ones lost.
“I hope Big Aunty will offer hope to people who are also on this journey forwards, and that it will give all of us an opportunity to come together and share the experience in the unique way only theatre can provide - to laugh and cry, to heal and forgive. Live, laugh, love.”
Big Aunty is produced by The Belgrade Theatre, directed and devised by Corey Campbell with Sarah Githugu as assistant director, Claire Winfield as set designer, Joe Hornsby as lighting designer, Auden Allan as sound designer and Emma Barber as casting director. Joelle Ikwa is the community producer and choir leader.
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