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About Big Brum

Big Brum is a registered charity (no. 514071), which was founded in 1982. Big Brum delivers Theatre-in-Education programmes and youth theatre work underpinned by a central artistic policy. Over 80 schools, pupil referral units and other educational spaces throughout the West Midlands, and over 5,000 children and young people benefit from the company's work each year.

Big Brum seeks to provide the highest quality Theatre in Education programme for young people across all age ranges and abilities. The company uses theatre and drama alongside young people to make meaning of their lives and the world around them. The work has a strong theoretical basis: focusing artistically on the power of theatre images and dramatic action to create resonances and challenge us to new ways of thinking; whilst being educationally grounded in active learning and problem solving.

The company was awarded an Action for Children's Arts Members Award in 2010 for its outstanding contribution to the aim of enriching children's lives through the arts, and Big Brum is recognised internationally as a leading centre for excellence in arts education.


Matt Hinks - Education Partnership Worker

Judy Woodford - Administrative Assistant

Richard Holmes - Actor/teacher

Ben Ballin - Education Partnership Worker

Management Committee

Dr Jane Woddis - Cultural Policy Researcher (Chair)

Kitty Patmore - Director, Harwood Real Estate (Vice Chair)

Adam Battey - Performing Arts Technician, Secondary Education

Geoff Heaps - Retired Schools Adviser

Claire Marshall - Creative & Partnerships Director, mac Birmingham


Big Brum would like to extend profound thanks to the variety of organisations who support it through funding year on year. These include:

Please consider supporting Big Brum's delivery of high quality art to young people.

Supported by Arts COuncil England