Arts Gymnasium

Arts Gymnasium

Join us at the Belgrade for Arts Gymnasium, our fun weekly sessions for over 50s, promoting positive well-being through imagination and movement.

These sessions are an opportunity to share stories, stay active and start new friendships by participating in a variety of theatre activities. No previous drama experience is necessary to take part.

To book your place on our free taster session, or for more information, contact Natalie Russo on 02476 846 741 or

Arts Gymnasium is part of the Belgrade Theatre’s Click Spring programme, and uses theatre and arts activities to contribute to the quality of life and positive well-being of people living in Coventry. These sessions are exclusively for people aged 50 and over, and run once a week during school term time at the Belgrade Theatre.

There are 3 strands to the Arts Gymnasium Programme:

  • Shine On is an opportunity to share stories through participating in a variety of drama activities. The Shine On group has been in existence since 2012 and they have performed in a number of productions at the Belgrade including: Shine On, 2012; From the end springs new beginnings, 2013; I burn, I pine, I perish 2015; workshops and activities in community settings; and performances as part of local events and festivals.
  • Reaching Out is a drama group that focusses on working with those who are isolated and from the least arts-engaged communities within the city, promoting positive well-being and connectivity within Coventry. These sessions will build confidence through providing a space for play, and exploring experiences from different backgrounds through drama activities and storytelling.
  • Living Well is a drama group that is tailored to meet the needs of people living with memory impairments and/or early stage dementia. These sessions will encourage participants to take part in individual and group activities, promoting the use of imagination and movement. .

This project is kindly supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and delivered in partnership with Age UK Coventry and Coventry University.

If you would like to know about the research headed by Coventry University involving the Arts Gymnasium project, click here

A blog about a visit to a local radio station to promote the project can also be found here
If you would like to join one of these groups, or refer someone you know, Please e-mail Alice Williams at or call on 02476846770, or contact Natalie Russo on 02476 846 741 or

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Other ways we support the over 50’s community in Coventry & Warwickshire include: