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Interactions

We have been engaging with excluded young people in Hackney for almost 20 years. Using drama and filmmaking to enable participants to develop confidence, communication and self-knowledge.

Background

Immediate Theatre has been engaging with excluded young people in Hackney for almost 20 years - our original Interactions programme was set up in 2000 with funding from the National Youth Agency to provide drama and arts activities for young people in alternative education settings. This programme continued to run until 2012, when its funding was unfortunately cut.

Thanks to funding from the Mayor of London, we were able to restart the programme in 2020.

Current programme

Interactions is a film and drama programme for young people who have been excluded, or are at risk of exclusion, from school. The project works with young people in Hackney, aged 13-19 in Pupil Referral Units (PRUs). Using positive, creative activities, we support young people who are statistically more likely to become involved in criminal activity if not intervention is available to them.

The programme was established in response to the huge gap in support for this group. Our work enables young people to form positive relationships and develop a sense of themselves and their future. Through drama and filmmaking, participants develop confidence, communication and self-knowledge; the workshops help young people to identify their assets and what they can do, make them aware of other skills and attributes valued by employers, and support them to continue in education or find employment.

Workshops

We are currently working with Inspire in Dalston and New Regent’s College in Hoxton to deliver the programme in 6-week blocks.

Workshops will continue throughout the year at various other alternative education providers across Hackney. We will also be running weekly after-school sessions, which will continue through school holidays to provide sustained support. Sessions are FREE and will initially be based in Dalston.

For more information on the programme, contact Charmain.