Project information

WCTT Young Actors Company 2017

To broaden the diversity of our Young Actors Company, encouraging more young people in Merton who can't access the arts due to their Special Educational Needs or because of social and economic disadvantage, to join. We will improve access by providing additional support to those with disabilities

January 2017 - December 2017

Charity information: Wimbledon Civic Theatre Trust

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  • Need

    Need

    Barriers to arts participation affecting disadvantaged young people living in our borough. Our recent outreach programme, conducted in 6 SEN and mainstream schools in East Merton, demonstrated that there is genuine interest in theatre and the arts in these communities but that they lack the opportunity and self-confidence to join. With an effective recruitment and support programme we can improve participation in the YAC to more accurately reflect the diversity of young people in Merton.

    Solution

    By working intensively with these marginalised groups we will build new and enduring relationships of trust, work with young people in their own communities and develop their skills and self confidence in preparation for joining YAC. It will facilitate improvements to access to free, high-quality youth theatre activity and enable us to offer effective targeted support for new members in need. It will bring together young people in our borough who would normally not meet, work or socialize.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Address social and economic divisions separating the east and west of Merton.

    Activities

    » Create an inclusive Youth Theatre -
    » Provide sessions free at point of use
    » Advertise and promote more widely across disadvantaged communities
    » Nurture and develop engagement and participation in the arts.

    10% Increase in new members living with disadvantage/young people with special educational needs
    80% retention of young people living with disadvantage/learning difficulties


    Aim 2

    Raise aspirations of disadvantaged young people in Merton

    Activities

    » Foster enduring relationships with other more aspirational members
    » Improve self-confidence through performing with others
    » Create new vocational opportunities

    2 Increase in number of new members playing active role in workshops, rehearsals and performances
    Increase members taking up vocational opportunities offered thru YAC programmes


    Aim 3

    Improve young people’s literacy, specifically reading, speaking and listening.

    Activities

    » Work on scripted performance and focussing on use of voice
    » Provide assistance with reading to members as needed
    » Encourage group work to facilitate accelerated learning

    New members reading unassisted
    New members volunteering for speaking roles


    Aim 4

    Nurture and develop engagement and participation in the arts.

    Activities

    » Engage high-quality teachers and practitioners
    » Encourage young people’s own creative ideas

    New members agreeing that their ideas are listened to and taken seriously


  • Impact

    Impact

    New opportunities to participate in the arts for young people living with disadvantage.
    (via monitoring information)
    Develop our reputation as the only free youth theatre in the borough.
    (Number of new referrals)
    New relationships with youth and community organisations in East Merton and create long-term partnerships which will lead to other arts-based initiatives.
    (Number of arts projects with new partners)

    Risk

    WCTT has a long track-record managing and delivering projects but we have identified the following challenges;
    1.Integration of the existing and new membership.
    Employment of Support Worker to work with members to further a sense of shared ownership and teamwork.
    2.Working with diverse groups with voluntary/part-time staff.
    Memos of agreement setting out roles and responsibilities. Promotional support.
    3.Managing the cultural change within our organization.
    Changes facilitated by trained staff

    Reporting

    WCTT has a tried and tested evaluation policy. In response to the volume of projects we run we have developed a Standard Evaluation Template, allowing for both qualitative and quantitative evaluation across the range of projects with specific questions from project to project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £46,790

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      Amount Heading Description
      £16,665 YAC DELIVERY LEADER & ASSISTANTS FEES
      £6,625 OUTREACH DELIVERY LEADER & ASSISTANTS FEES
      £4,500 PASTORAL SUPPORT SUPPORT WORKER FEES
      £2,500 PRODUCTION COSTS SET, PROPS COSTUMES
      £5,350 SET AND LIGHTING DESIGN SET AND LIGHTING DESIGN FEES AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT
      £2,850 MARKETING AND PUBLICITY DESIGN PRINT & DISTRIBUTION
      £4,350 PREMISES COSTS SPACE HIRE- YAC AND OUTREACH
      £3,950 PROJECT MANAGEMENT MANAGEMENT FEES
  • Background

    Location

    LB Merton’s population is 203,200 people living in nearly 80,400 households. Population density is higher in the east wards of the borough compared to the west wards. Three wards in the east of Merton are more deprived than the average for London: Cricket Green, Figge’s Marsh and Pollards Hill. All wards in East Merton are more deprived and have higher rates of premature mortality. East Merton has a younger, poorer and more ethnically mixed population, who have worse health and shorter lives.

    Beneficiaries

    As set out in WCTT’s mission statement this project will benefit all young people aged 11-19 who live in Merton, with a particular emphasis on those who live with some form of disadvantage on the basis of their social or aconomic background, cultural background or for reasons of disability. There is also additional benefit for those more affluent members who will better understand the lives of other young Merton residents.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a registered charity that since 2004, has focused on creating theatre and arts-based education projects for disadvantaged young people in the Merton area of London. Over the past twelve months we have worked with approximately 5,100 young people through a variety of art-based projects which we develop and manage, delivered free at point of use and led by fully qualified, professional freelance staff. We are a well-known and recognised brand with local schools, youth groups and funders.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    STUART BARTER

    ACT 3 DIRECTOR. Stuart is a theatre practitioner, educator and musician.

    MICHAEL BOND

    ACT 2 DIRECTOR. Michael has directed work for young people across the UK and abroad and with Hoxton Hall Youth Arts.

    SPENCER NOLL

    ACT 1 DIRECTOR. Spencer is Associate Director for English Touring Theatre and Orange Tree Theatre. He is also Youth Theatre Director at Theatre6.

Our last large-scale production

As the Head of Performing Arts at the school I have seen for myself the direct impact the work with WCTT has had. The boost in our pupils confidence and self esteem has been immeasurable. Thank you WCTT - Keep up the great work that you do!

RICHARD BROWN DRAMA TEACHER CRICKET GREEN SEN SCHOOL