Careers Behind the Curtain is a free educational resource for learning about jobs in the theatre industry. The five films across the series provide an insightful look at the diverse range of careers that are possible in the performing arts industry, and aim to raise the aspirations of young people hoping to pursue a career in this sector.
October 1914, Ypres, Belgium. The British forces, bolstered by huge numbers of volunteer soldiers from across the Empire have suffered huge casualties in one of the first bloody battles of The Great War.
As a sole survivor on the battlefield holds off the advancing enemy troops, a group of South Asian and British soldiers seek refuge in an abandoned barn. Over the course of a single night, this group of men must confront their fears and find a way to come together if they are to survive.
Wipers is inspired by the real life story of Khudadad Khan, the first South Asian soldier to be awarded a Victoria Cross for his extraordinary bravery at the First Battle of Ypres – a site that went on to be known as “Wipers” by the soldiers who fought there.
This explosive new play by acclaimed playwright Ishy Din and directed by Suba Das, honours the contribution of the million South Asian soldiers who fought alongside their British brothers during the First World War.
“This is the most accomplished and assured first play I have seen for years” The Independent on Snookered by Ishy Din.
This spring, the Belgrade Theatre will be presenting a collection of plays in our B2 auditorium which shine a spotlight on fascinating periods of history from across the world. Like all great costume dramas, these exciting and diverse productions will tell incredible stories from another time and place. Our season starts with Red Snapper, a brand-new Belgrade production which runs from Saturday 5 to Saturday 19 March. Set in Jamaica in 1962 it tells the story of an island alive with the excitement of independence. However, as personal and political tensions begin to boil over there are shocking consequences for all concerned. This gripping new drama stars award-winning actress Cathy Tyson, best known for her role in the 1986 film Mona Lisa starring Bob Hoskins. From Tuesday 22 to Saturday 26 March we are delighted to be presenting Lorraine Hansberry’s ground-breaking family-drama A Raisin in the Sun. This award-winning play about a family’s quest for the American dream stands shoulder to shoulder with the works of other great writers like Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams. Our Hidden Histories season continues with the gripping WWI drama Wipers from Thursday 12 to Saturday 21 May. Set in Ypres during the First World War, this explosive new play is inspired by the true story of Khudadad Khan, the first South Asian soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross for extraordinary bravery. We also have the romantic comedy-drama Bring on the Bollywood from Saturday 23 to Saturday 30 April and The Dishonoured, a compelling political drama set in a exciting world of espionage, which runs in B2 from Wednesday 4 to Saturday 7 May. It’s a great opportunity to discover your new favourite drama at the Belgrade Theatre this season. Tickets for all these shows can be booked today by calling our friendly Box Office team on 024 7655 3055 or online at www.belgrade.co.uk where tickets are even cheaper.