Young writers take centre stage at Belgrade and Arts Centre
By Barbara Goulden
ENG-ER-LAND, Warwick Arts Centre, Feb 16 & 17
I A'int Dumb, Belgrade B2, Feb 9-12
Two innovative new plays by young writers are being featured at Coventry's Belgrade Theatre and Warwick Arts Centre in February.
Rugby-born football fan Hannah Kumari (pictured above) will perform her one-woman-show ENG-ER-LAND at the Arts Centre on February 16 and 17 at the start of a UK tour.
Based very much on her own experiences, Hannah uses music and dance to explore the vital connecton between football and national identity.
She says: "I saw my first match at Coventry FC's Highfield Road ground in the mid-1990s and continue to support the Sky Blues to this day."
Did she experience racism? Certainly. Is she still a firm supporter? Absolutely.
Warwick Arts Centre is just one of a 15 venues where Hannah will be dramatisng her personal experiences in the stands as she struggled to be accepted into what was - and some would argue still is - an essentially white, male, working class world.
Details and tickets from: https://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/
Meanwhile the Belgrade is offering the world
premiere of an LGBTQ+ play with the unlikely title: I Ain't Dumb.
Written by Coventry-born Tom Wright, this is on at The Belgrade's B2 stage from February 9 to 12 and features professional local actors Simon Castle, Harry Rose, Kavita Viyas, Sam Butters and Kimisha Lewis (pictured right).
It sounds like a lot of personal experience has gone into this play too, as Tom sets his story in an inner city Coventry school where a grieving student and her streetwise gay best friend fight to find their places in a world that appears to be unravelling before their eyes.
Details and tickets from: https://www.belgrade.co.uk/