Big Brum Theatre in Education Company Ltd

Big Brum Theatre in Education Company Ltd

Charity information

Big Brum Theatre in Education Company Ltd

Big Brum Theatre-in-Education Company, formed in 1982, seeks to provide the highest quality theatre-in-education programmes for children and young people across all age ranges and abilities, in schools and further education, predominantly in the West Midlands. Occasionally the Company extends its remit nationally to schools, colleges, universities and theatres. Every year the Company works with over 5,000 young people and since 1982 it has created over 90 new theatre-in-education programmes.

Founded 1982

  • Mission statement

    As practitioners we proceed from the premise that children are not undeveloped adults but human beings in their own right with specific experiences that go to the heart of being human. Art is a mode of knowing the world in which we live, and the Company uses theatre and drama alongside young people to make meaning of their lives and the world around them.
    At the core of all our theatre and drama work lies an exploration of what it is to be human, the human imperative for justice, and the need to be at home in the world, which has been the age old subject of drama since the ancient Greeks.
    Theatre-in-education programmes are the lifeblood of Big Brum, and the Company is committed to building on them through the on-going development of core partnerships with schools, delivering extended activities into all areas of the curriculum, special projects, INSET and CPD.

    Pedagogically, the work of the Company seeks to open up new ways of teaching and learning that go beyond the traditional transmission model - requiring the child be fed ‘ready made’ testable knowledge in order to pass tests. It is being made increasingly difficult for teachers in the UK to see the young developing human beings behind the target grade and assessment process. Increasingly restrictive and prescriptive curricula make it very difficult for them to access that young human being: that many still do, is a testament to their commitment to their pupils and to learning.

  • Aims

    Big Brum Theatre in Education Company Ltd aims to:

    • Big Brum aims, to help children make meaning of their lives; develop their social abilities; and provide them with opportunities to make decisions, take responsibility, and work collaboratively.
    • To promote & improve the education of the public, in particular, young people by the production of educational plays and by participation therein schools, youth clubs, arts centres and other places.
    • Big Brum provides high-quality theatre-in-education programmes to children and young people across all age ranges and abilities; and gives support and training to teachers and artists.
  • Overview

    Established: May 1982

    Registered Charity Number: 514071

    Board members: 8

    Full time staff: 3

    Part time staff: 4

    Phone number: 0121 742 6321

    Address: Sheldon Community Centre, Sheldon Heath Road, Birmingham. B26 2RU

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