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Project information

In The Willows

We are reaching out to young people to be part of our UK tour of In The Willows - The Hip Hop Musical, Feb-May 2019. We are targeting D/deaf or hard of hearing, vulnerable young people at risk of social exclusion, to develop their confidence, team-work and performance skills, improving their lives.

February 2019 - May 2019

Charity information: Metta Theatre Ltd

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  • Need


    Some young people risk social exclusion, partly stems from lack of confidence and limited team-work skills.

    D/deaf or hard-of-hearing young people risk social exclusion because of limited opportunities for integrated hearing and d/Deaf or hard-of-hearing activities.

    The NHS suggests many young people are not active enough, particularly young people for whom the financial impact of expensive gym memberships is too high, or for those at risk of social exclusion, who feel out of place.


    Teaching team-work and furnishing participants with skills in Hip-Hop and urban dance will give them all greater confidence and team working ability as they work together.

    Providing integrated hearing and d/Deaf or hard-of-hearing workshops and performances will grow relationships between the young people, reducing their risk of social exclusion.

    We will provide physical activities which they can pursue independently afterwards without financial or psychological barriers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Recruit community choruses for In The Willows UK Tour, giving disadvantaged young people new skills.


    » 5 workshops in each touring location, for 10 disadvantaged young people to perform with the professional cast, growing their confidence and team-work.

    What success will look like

    We will monitor the participants' confidence and team work skills before and after each workshop, assessing how they and facilitators perceive them to have increased (or not).

  • Impact


    80 young people will have better chances in life, and become healthier and more active people:
    - having tangible new physical skills in Hip-Hop and urban dance which can be practised outdoors without costly gym or health centre membership fees
    - having grown in confidence and team-working experience through performances
    - having spent time in a hearing and d/Deaf or hard-of-hearing integrated environment, and learnt some basic BSL, improving their communication skills


    We could struggle to reach the young people we are targeting but we will start early, and work with the venues, who have links in the communities surrounding them.


    We will send an evaluation of success to our donors based on feedback from participants and faciliators.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £16,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 Workshop Facilitator Fees Fees for the facilitators leading the workshops teaching skills and preparing them for performances
      £1,500 Facilitators Travel Return travel to touring venues for workshop facilitators
      £4,000 Room Hire Rehearsal Space hire for workshops
      £3,500 Outreach Administration Research, communication and administrative time for recruitment of participants
      £1,000 Administrative Costs Insurance, Accountancy & Compliance and DBS Checks

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Awards for All £10,000 Conditional
    Elmley Foundation £1,930 Conditional
  • Background


    Exeter, Portsmouth, Malvern, Edinburgh, Hull, Keswick, Oxford, York


    D/deaf and/or hard of hearing young people

    Young people at risk of social exclusion

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have successfully carried out similar projects with our UK Tours of Jungle Book (2016 & 2017) and Little Mermaid (2018)

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Poppy Burton-Morgan