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Project information

Bubble Young Theatre Makers

Part time training for young people aged 16+ that moves them from NEET (not in employment, education and training) to ETE (in employment, training and education). A success rate of 91% and so far engaged over 5000 young people through training, mentoring and peer to peer learning.

April 2017 - March 2018

Charity information: London Bubble Theatre Company

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  • Need


    Young people we work with, who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), face numerous barriers to engaging with conventional routes to education & employment. Many lack the confidence, social networks or communication skills to make the most of their opportunities, especially in the current, tough, economic times. Being NEET is proven to have a serious & detrimental impact on the life-chances of young people including; long-term wage-scarring, heightened levels of stress & depression


    Bubble’s artistic programme is designed to connect with and bring together all sections of our community, requiring us to deliberately target the “harder-to-reach” people behind these statistics. With them we aim to increase access to the arts; help to reduce isolation; promote positive, healthy, involvement and; tolerant, cohesive and creative communities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To make significant, lasting & material difference to life-chances & choices available to young ppl


    » Run theatre-based skills development workshops for the young participants.
    » Young people to devise and deliver an outreach tour to youth settings
    » Young people to take part in work experience placements

    What success will look like

    Young people move from NEET (not in education, training and employment) to ETE (education, training or employment)

  • Impact


    We want the young beneficiaries to develop their creative and leadership skills; to help them identify and test-drive their strengths and capabilities; to develop a sense of agency in their lives; and to develop personal and professional connections that will provide solid pathways to future employment, education or training. We also want the NEET young people to share their positive development with their disadvantaged peers elsewhere in the borough.


    There is a risk that we do not reach some of our target groups. However we will be able to mitigate it because of the links we have fostered over the years, with a range of organisations and networks.


    All donors receive an end of project report. We also update our website with blogs, news items, which feature in our newsletter (also sent to donors)

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £7,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Peer to peer workshops Young people trained to lead peer to peer workshops with other disengaged young people
      £2,000 Food costs Lunch provided to participants for the duration of the programme
      £500 Travel Travel costs of all participants is reimbursed
  • Background


    Rotherhithe, SE16


    open to residents of London, with a particular focus on targeted groups in Southwark and Lewisham.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    For 40 years Bubble has been making theatre in the community, with the community and for the community. Underpinning this work is the belief that:

    Kindness, generosity, joy and belonging are fundamental to collaborative theatre-making and establish safe and creative spaces where stories are shared and play is rediscovered and valued by participants of all ages. Projects created together engender personal and social well-being. This generates and strengthens community cohesion.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jonathan Petherbridge

    Creative Director of the Company and leads on all intergenerational work.

    Adam Annand

    Associate Director and leads on all work with children and young people

Young Theatre Makers workshop

Young Theatre Makers workshop

I feel with the skills that I have learned on Bubble Young Theatre Makers that I can approach anything with confidence.

Young participant