Project information

Uncover Theatre

Uncover is a young theatre company for those aged 13-19 who live in the Lewisham borough and the surrounding area. It aims to give young people a chance to get involved with in weekly sessions culminating in regular performance opportunities.

January 2016 - June 2016

Charity information

The Albany

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  • Need


    The area of Lewisham has the highest crime rate compared to anywhere else in the UK. This fact is a constant reminder to the youths of the area, and subsequently many turn to crime, as they believe there is no hope of ever achieving their life goals. The group provides a regular, and safe programme, where creative youths can express themselves without judgement. It also gives structure in many young people's lives - having classes mid-week means they wont be out on the streets at least 1 night.


    The project has helped many young people improve their employment chances - getting involved with Summer Arts peer mentor and supporting artist roles, suggesting young people to be part of the Albany's board etc. Also, the group offers many opportunities for artistic growth. In our last performance, we toured to the BAC, and the whole group were invited to a youth seminar about theatre. This gave us the opportunity to introduce ourselves to well known people in the performance industry.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To put on a performance called "There are no rules. Repeat" in mid February.


    » Have weekly sessions every Tuesday, (weekend sessions from January) exploring the themes, and getting the individuals input into the play.

    Success will be selling out the seats in the Albany theatre for every night we perform there, not only having a crowd of family and friends, but average theatre lovers as well.

    Aim 2

    Take 2 of the older members of the group to a research and development trip to Holland.


    » We will take 2 of the older members to engage with the

    Success will be seeing as much theatre as we can whilst also meeting with members of the cast and taking inspiration from the fact they are constricted - fits with the plays theme.

  • Impact


    Our project massively influences the lives of the young people which attend. Here are 2 examples: Bob started in 2009, became part of the Board of trustees in late 2013, recommended by the Directors Gemma and Roisin. Finished college in 2014, and is now doing an apprenticeship in fundraising at the Albany. Lulu started in 2009, was given training in 2014 for stage management, is qualified to work with children by being involved with Summer Arts and has been accepted into Guildhall for drama.


    There is a risk that the members don't turn up to the performance. We have dealt with this by making sure the play is entirely made up of their ideas - essentially giving ownership to them, making it their performance.


    We will invite every donor to a free viewing of the performance, plus a chance to meet the cast in person. Every donor will also receive a thank you letter from the whole cast, and will be informed of upcoming events after the play has run its course.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 Room Booking Hiring out the red room for rehearsal every Tuesday from 5-8 pm.
      £3,000 R&D Holland Trip Paying any expenses that come with the research trip (including travel) to Holland.
      £2,500 Props & Lighting New props, costumes, and lighting fixtures.
      £1,500 Admin Feeding the members on days where they need to travel & eat out (500). Materials used for rehearsals
      £5,000 Directors fee Paying the directors for their hard work, collecting all the ideas and actually writing the play.
      £1,000 Staff costs Technician & production/ premises staff costs.
  • Background


    The project will take place in The Albany, founded in 1898, a community arts center, based in the heart of Deptford. It provides the local residents with high quality and engaging events. The building serves keep alive theatre to people of all ages, and socio-economic status. We have worked with many big names over the years including Vic Reeves, who started his comedy show at this venue. By providing a platform for artists to discover themselves, it shows Deptford as an artist development hub.


    Uncover programme addresses the needs of children and young people living in The borough of Lewisham - the 11th most deprived borough in London, where 35% of children live in poverty and 50% of young people (under 19) are without a level 3 qualification according to the 2011 census. We offer many ways to improve their CV through being involved in the Jack Petchey, and Arts Awards scheme - it allows young people with little to no qualifications, to gain experience and accolades in the arts.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our charity is best to carry out this project for many reasons. Firstly, we have run this group successfully for over 7 years, and have watched it grow in popularity. The group is more like a family, and work cohesively with staff in the building. Also, this building has a past of being a central performance hub, and allowing young people to for-fill their dreams of performing onstage, contributes towards a greater need than just image, it changes peoples lives by giving them a new view on life.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Roisin Feeny

    Artistic Director - Co-director of Sounds Like Chaos, she has worked with the group since the beginning, and has great relations with the members.

    Gemma Rowan

    Artistic Director - Co-director of Sounds Like Chaos, she has been present from the beginning, and runs exercise/ yoga routines in the class.