Estate-based Youth Theatres
We have been providing high quality open access youth theatres on estates in Hackney since 1998. The programme has engaged thousands of participants who do not traditionally have access to arts opportunities. All our sessions are free, inclusive and open to all.
This established model aims to help participants develop improved interpersonal skills, artistic abilities, and emotional health & wellbeing, which has been endorsed by the Centre for Youth Impact as having a significant impact on young people. The projects are delivered within a community context and help to build community cohesion.
We currently provide nine regular youth theatres on Estates across Hackney, delivering weekly after-school sessions and running holiday projects. We offer accreditation for participants, which include AQAs, and regularly submit young people for achievement awards. Several of our projects also provide people with hot food or refreshments.
Our summer term sessions will begin on Wednesday 20th April and run up to Friday 15th July. This term we will be exploring regeneration and the past/present/future of where we live and we will also be looking at how different cultures celebrate taking inspiration from Nine Night.
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Details of each of our groups can be found below - for further information or to join one of our groups, contact Estate-based Youth Theatre Coordinator Gavin Dent via 07904261162 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are currently running nine weekly youth theatres across the borough of Hackney for young people from ages 5-25, including a dedicated session for young people with disabilities on Monday evenings.