Our mission is to deliver a vibrant professional & community programme, breaking down barriers for disadvantaged & disabled people to access culture. We put inclusion at the centre of our work, giving a voice to the most marginalised through high quality arts activities, volunteering & employment.
Our growing community programme, currently supported by The National Lottery Community Fund, provides young people and adults who are economically deprived, have disabilities and learning difficulties, and those struggling with mental health and addiction a platform and a voice to express themselves creatively and challenge the negative and restrictive ways in which they are often viewed by society.
We have a long track record of supporting young people facing barriers to the arts, with alumni including Mark Grimmer, founding director of 59 Productions, actor Jack Laskey, animator and director Joseph Pierce and Oscar winning writer/director & diversity campaigner Aneil Karia.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we continued our theatre and community programme with online drama workshops, activities and resources, as well as producing new and exciting digital theatre productions. Our digital content reached over 20,000 people and raised vital funds for our community and theatre programme to survive the pandemic. We are proud to provide a creative lifeline to our community during this difficult time, which has been awarded funding from Arts Council England and DCMS’s Cultural Recovery Fund.