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Project information

Chickenshed: A Stage For Everyone

Every young person has a story to tell - we give them a platform to be heard.

Our productions aim to give a voice to those who are excluded, and shine a light on how society could be positively influenced by including and embracing everyone.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Chickenshed

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  • Need


    As an organisation working extensively with young people, our channels for youth input, such as our Young Company Forum, have made it clear that they want to explore the youth stories, issues and the pressures they face, creatively. And, gain real experience as part of a diverse creative team, by sharing and performing their stories with wider audiences to spark initiatives that support young people


    As part of our performance programme, we have developed production slots with a creative process that: develop a form of inclusive theatre which uses movement, dance, music and devised story lines to shine a dramatic light in response to current issues which are affecting young people today; and, that provide opportunities for young creatives to develop their skills through devising, directing, choreographing and composing their own sections of the piece with their cast.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To explore contemporary youth issues in a safe and inclusive theatre environment.


    » Our channels for youth input will identify a theme, and issues coming out of it, to explore creatively.
    » We will work with a diverse cast of around 200 actors from the local community and our Young Company, education and training programmes.
    » The production development & rehearsal process will grow an understanding of difficult issues, and engage with them through inclusive theatre

    What success will look like

    Success will be dynamic production development and rehearsal sessions, where participants feel they have been supported to engage with the issues.

    Aim 2

    To give young creatives & performers the opportunity to devise new work, and develop their practice


    » Under an overarching theme, short pieces will be devised and created by Creative Assistants and a cast, focusing on a particular element or issue.
    » Creative Assistants will have support of the Creative Leadership Team throughout the creation and rehearsal process.
    » The Creative Assistants will use extensive research, experiment with form and movement/dialogue, to find their own creative journeys and styles.
    » Following initial previews, Creative Assistants will review & improve the production ahead of the press-night and main run.

    What success will look like

    young creatives & performers will present new work, and show development in their practice.

    Aim 3

    To provide audiences with experience high-quality inclusive theatre addressing contemporary issues.


    » Produce contemporary, issue-based productions for the public, staged in our Rayne and Studio Theatres at Chickenshed.
    » Promote publicly and sell tickets for the shows

    What success will look like

    Success will be positive feedback from participants and audiences

  • Impact


    We will stage high quality inclusive theatre productions that resonate with our young people and our audiences – creating a stage for everyone


    Performances involve physical activities, such as movement and dance activities. All shows are risk-assessed to ensure the health & safety of performers and audiences alike. Our staff are expertly trained to handle any medical, emotional or behavioural challenges that young performers might experience throughout the run.

    We would need to sell tickets to the budgeted levels. We are confident the budgeted figures are achievable, as we have used similar actual sales figures to those in 2018.


    An impact report, detailing how the project progressed, and how we achieved against our planned aims, will be shared with donors. This will include feedback from participants and parents, and observations of staff leading the workshops. It will also include quantitative data on participants.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £123,193

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      Amount Heading Description
      £13,500 Professional Cast 5 x Chickenshed Actors
      £11,720 Creative Leadership Supporting the production development, rehearsals and staging
      £39,024 Creative Asssistants & Support Supporting the production development, rehearsals and staging
      £32,045 Production Staff lighting, costumes, sound, stage management, set build
      £18,070 Production Costs Design, materials, equipment hire etc
      £4,300 Marketing & Communications Press and PR, advertising, promotional materials
      £4,534 Accessible Performances Signed and captioned performances

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    earned income £64,588 Conditional
    sponsorship £15,000 Conditional
    trusts £1,600 Conditional
  • Background


    Chickenshed is located in the London Borough of Enfield. According to research conducted by the Borough Council, within the Borough itself, 3 wards are within the most deprived 10% of all wards in England. 12 of Enfield’s 21 wards are in the most deprived 25% of wards in England. Overall, the proportion of Enfield’s population who are living within the most deprived 10% of areas throughout the country as a whole has increased from 7.0% to 10.3% since the last survey was conducted.


    A diverse cast of around 200 actors from the local community and our Young Company, education and training programmes.

    On average, 23% of the young people we work with are from disadvantaged backgrounds and 101 members have a recognised support need. This includes young carers & looked after children as well as children & young people with: a long-standing health condition; learning disabilities; physical, mental health or mobility issues; sensory impairment; emotional & behavioural problems

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Chickenshed have been delivering participatory performing arts activities, using our unique inclusive model, for over four decades.

    We create inclusive, professional performances to provide a platform to champion difference, showcase the strengths of inclusion, and how creativity benefits from the input of people from a wide range of backgrounds. Our professional productions demonstrate that excellence is achieved because of the diversity of those involved, rather than despite it.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lou Stein

    Creative Leadership : Artistic Director

    Dave Carey

    Creative Leadership : Music Director

    Dina Williams

    Creative Leadership : Movement Director