War commemorations at Birmingham Hippodrome

Published: 28 October 2018

Birmingham Hippodrome will mark the centenary of the end of World War I with commemorations in the theatre, city centre and beyond.

The Hippodrome will stage Homecomings, a performance project at New Street Station, on Sunday 11 November. Throughout the day, schools from the Hippodrome’s education network will present performances responding to war. The theatre has been running workshops in 13 Birmingham schools, educating more than 500 pupils on the history of WWI.

On the same day at the station, there will be a virtual reality pop-up experience, Empire Soldier. This will explore the stories of forgotten Caribbean and South Asian soldiers. The installation will also be in the Hippodrome’s foyers from Monday 29 October until Friday 2 November.

Graham Callister, the Hippodrome’s associate director, community engagement and festivals, said, “in the run-up to Armistice Day we have a wide range of activities at the Hippodrome and beyond for all ages and people in our community.

“It’s not just for families—the pop-up performances in New Street station will present an incredible story rarely told and will be a great hit with everyone.”

Steve Orme