Project information

Estate Based summer holiday drama projects

Working on estates in deprived areas this project will enable young people whose parents are unable to pay fees, giving these young people a positive arts experience. We support young people who experience complex issues in their lives and those with disabilities to develop confidence through drama

August 2015 - September 2015

Charity information: Immediate Theatre

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  • Need


    Many of the young people we work with in after school activities have nothing to do during the summer, some have little to eat. They do not get to go on holiday and are often left to wander the streets during the day which can lead to antisocial behaviour. Disabled young people can become housebound during the summer leading to family stress and a sense of isolation. A difficult summer can lead to young people slipping back in progression when they return to school.


    Immediate Theatre provides 4 weeks of intensive summer activities for young people.One week is targeted specifically at young people with disabilities providing transport and professional support resulting in respite for carers.Our projects explore issues pertinent to the young people’s lives giving them new skills, confidence & a real sense of achievement.Whilst with us the young people are provided with basic healthy food as well as the opportunity to shine.

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  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide positive summer holilday activities for disadvantaged young people in Hackney


    » Four weeks of activities engaging 40 young people

    What success will look like

    We will register all young people and record their attendance. Questionnaires completed at the beginning and end of the process will monitor the impact the work has on participants

    Aim 2

    To present 4 performances for family and local residents supporting community cohesion


    » Producing free performances with young people which give them a positive voice in the local community

    What success will look like

    We will keep a photographic record of performances and ask audience members to give feedback about their experience which will be summarized in a report.

  • Impact


    A significant number of young people who attend holiday projects continue to access Immediate Theatre’s year round services through which we monitor young people’s development in a number of areas including: confidence, team work, communication skills and emotional health and wellbeing. Many young people remain engaged for 4 or 5 years and provide evidence that our work increases employability and overall life chances.


    Ensuring that we target young people most in need of our services; we achieve this by locating our work in areas of high deprivation, receiving referrals from schools and social services
    This client group often present behavioural challenges; Immediate Theatre has developed clear strategies for supporting young people with challenging behaviour which include engaging experienced youth arts workers alongside young Peer Facilities who can relate to the young people.


    We will produce a report at the end of the summer which can be accessed online or emailed directly to donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 Specialist artists Designers, choreographers
      £1,300 Workshop Space Fees for community venues
      £400 Refreshments Young people's lunches
      £400 Materials For performances & workshops
      £900 Peer Facilitator wages Additional hours to support summer delivery
  • Background


    All activities will take place in Hackney. We are currently looking at running activities in Hackney Downs, Dalston and Haggerston all areas which experience high deprivation despite development


    Young people aged 8-19 resident in Hackney - their families and communities.
    At least 25% will be registered disabled.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Immediate Theatre has been providing Estate Based Youth Theatres in Hackney for the past 16 years and we have a breadth of knowledge and experience. We are keen to continue this work despite recent cuts.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tony Gouveia

    Associate Director

    Charmain Humphrey

    Participation Officer

    Bianca Baker

    Peer Facilitator

    Rebecca Twydell

    Youth Drama Leader - disabilities