Project information

The Peoples Olympics

We want to bring the excitement of the Olympics to the people of Islington. Working closely with the local community we want to create a free outdoor event on Islington Green which encompasses the spirit of the Olympics with a few more unorthodox events!

May 2012 - July 2012

Charity information: Angel Shed Theatre Company

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  • Need


    We are hoping to change children's opinions towards sport whilst educating them about the history and legacy of the olympics. Bringing theatre and sports together to engage children who are otherwise uninterested in being very active.


    We want to make everyday activities into fun and engaging competitions. From the sack race to pearly king/queen button sewing on competitions, the peoples olympics aims to show that everyone has some 'sport' that their good at!

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create an engaging and stimulating set of workshops for our young people.


    » We will be providing 10 weeks of theatre workshops the educate and rehearse our young people in order to create an engaging performance.

    What success will look like

    Success will be if our children are inspired to push harder to achieve their goals by the challenges set to create a piece of interesting and creative theatre.

    Aim 2

    To create an exciting and vibrant day of theatre and sports to engage and bond the local community


    » The culmination of our childrens workshops will provide an exciting show based around the idea that everyone can achieve if they work hard.
    » Working with other local community groups we will create sports/drama activities, providing an interesting an fun free activity on Islington Green.

    What success will look like

    Success will be if we manage to involve other community groups and create a positive and vibrant day involving all people of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Impact


    The project will help to reinforce the strong feeling of community within Islington. We aim to involve local schools and therefore introduce a heightened sense of diversity and inclusivity.
    We will monitor the progress of our young people, continually assessing their ability to interact with others and build their confidence.
    Hopefully our next project will include many children who became involved for the first time with the peoples olympics, building the future of Angel Shed.


    As the event is outdoor based there is always the risk of bad weather. We will counteract this by having contingency sheltered areas and are planning the event during the height of summer to minimise risk.
    The children themselves may become ill or decide not to participate, although this would be unfortunate we always work as a team and would therefore be able to share out any parts or duties to another member of the group.


    We currently document our session via photo and video. This is something that we are able to share with donors to show progress of the project. We would also invite all donors to attend the street party part of the project so they could experience the outcome first hand.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,012

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,500 Wages Payment for the Artistic Director and lead practitioner to cover the entire project
      £1,000 Staging Creating a safe and eye catching staging area for performances.
      £1,000 Costume/props Material to make competition costumes/props to be used during the peoples olympics events
      £1,500 Expenses Volunteer expenses for the artistic/administrative volunteers helping to run the sessions and event
      £1,012 Activities To fund stalls/activities such as bouncy castles, traditional fete games and entertainers
  • Background


    The workshops with the children would take place at CANDI college on Holloway Road Islington with the final peoples Olympics day taking place on Islington Green in the Angel, Islington.


    The local community around Holloway road and Islington as a whole will be able to take part and enjoy the event for free. The children who Angel Shed work with will learn new skills about working hard to achieve goals, a motif which we will strive to carry to the peoples Olympics event.
    The event will help to reinforce the community spirit in the local area helping to create links between local community groups, giving the young people in the area a stronger and more efficent support network.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Angel Shed has been working with children and young people in the Islington area since 2004. We work inclusively, providing a safe, fun and interesting environment in which children can creatively explore new ideas. Many of the children we work with develop both confidence and social skills which enhances not only their lives but the lives of those around them.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lorraine Grout

    Lorraine is the Artistic Director and has been working with the since 2004. She plans and leads all the artistic workshops for the young people.

    Joanne Merritt

    Joanne is the Lead Artistic Practitioner, supporting Lorraine's work artistically and providing essential support during workshops and outreach.

Fun on Islington Green!

Fun on Islington Green!