Pollock and Huggins join Belgrade board

Published: 18 June 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

The new chairman and trustees: top row (from left): David Hanson, Nyasha Pitt, Colin Bell. Bottom row: Alan Pollock, Thanh Sinden, Tyrone Huggins

Coventry playwright Alan Pollock is the new vice-chair of the city’s Belgrade Theatre while actor and writer Tyrone Huggins has joined the board of trustees.

Pollock, whose play One Night in November is the most successful new play ever produced at the Belgrade, previously chaired the theatre’s communications committee.

Huggins has more than 100 stage credits to his name as an actor and has written 17 stage plays. He has worked with the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also served as West Midlands Regional Council member for Arts Council England.

David Hanson, who provides consultancy support to companies and charities, is the board’s new chairman and will take over later in 2021 from Stewart Ferguson.

Hanson, who said he was “delighted” and “proud” to be the new chairman, pointed out that the Belgrade was at the centre of Coventry city as a building and as its cultural hub.

“It’s a nationally important theatre and production centre. It also does a huge amount of work across the diverse communities of this wonderful city and with young people. Its central role in Coventry’s 2021 City of Culture will help to develop this work further and creating a lasting legacy for the region and beyond.”

Other trustees joining the board are creative media and marketing specialist Nyasha Pitt, independent arts and museum consultant Thanh Sinden and Colin Bell, a Coventry-born producer who has worked nationally and internationally across theatre, comedy, film, dance and music.