Project information

Weapon Of Choice

A youth led drama group will devise an interactive performance piece and related workshops on gun and knife crime, its causes and possible alternatives. This will be toured in schools, theatre and community centres empowering young people to engage in pro-active debate and activity.

3 year continuation project - building on existing and current work. Expanding to realise the full potential of this innovative project.

Charity information

Pan Intercultural Arts

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  • Need


    'London has the highest child poverty rate in any region in England...20% of our young people used aggressive behaviour and a life of crime...' Fairbridge. 'In the first eight months of this year 857 children and teenagers were stabbed; 10 killed. Police believe many more stabbings go unreported'. Met Police. This project responds to youth violence. The pilot proved youth led activity successfully engages hard to reach young people as they relate to their peers.


    Through youth-led debate and training in theatre for development techniques. Discussing alternatives to youth violence will empower young people to engage in positive activities.The core performance group will deliver a performance and workshop investigating the issues surrounding gun and knife crime. This will engage young people in schools and community centres with an online educational resource. The project empowers young people to tackle problems directly affecting them.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Training 12 participants to become youth leaders & positive active citizens within their community.


    » 12 months of training in performance and leadership techniques. Sustained community research interaction with community members and organisations.
    » Training delivered by Pan's lead artists who have developed methodology through the delivery of projects across the world in conflict zones.
    » Participants will be trained in order to deliver workshops for their peers in schools and communtiy centres, gaining first hand experience.

    Success will be...
    All participants attending the full training and then facilitating or co-facilitating a workshop themselves.

    Aim 2

    To reach 1000 young people, many of whom are directly affected by violent crime.


    » Research in target boroughs of Camden, Lambeth, Hackney and Southwark. Working alongisde Youth Offending Teams, workers, local police and schools.
    » Youth-led performances examining issues identified by young people as affecting them.
    » Follow up creative workshops looking in depth at highlighted issues and particularly focusing on those young people who are hard to reach.

    Success will be...Performing in at least two schools per target borough as well as in PRU's, YOT's and youth clubs. Creating debate and discussion during the workshop.

    Aim 3

    Sustain an indenpendent youth led performance group who can deliver anti-violence work across UK.


    » Equip core group in training in workshops facilitation and theatre for development techniques.
    » Alongside Project Directors develop fundraising strategies to secure 3 year funding as well a marketing plan to develop the work as earned income.
    » Identifying areas across the UK who are most in need of this type of work and organising training sessions with core group.

    Success will be...Creating a package that utilises the debate and positive peer discussion from the performances and research. Led by the group it will be a working resource.

    Aim 4

    Enable a cross-section of young Londoners to advocate positive life choices, raising aspiration.


    » Using core participants to promote and advocate positive life choices. Training core participants as peer-mentors.
    » Delivering peer-led workshops and performances; young people demonstrating an alternative to serious youth violence.
    » Deliver a 10-week residency within one school, youth project and drop-in facility for hard-to-reach young people.

    Creating debate and discussion in YOT's, PRU's and schools in each target borough. An online resource that is used by young people. Continuing to create and expand the dialogue.

    Aim 5

    Online resource looking at issues around violence and conflict resolution.


    » Participant discussion and feedback used to create resource, designed by performance group.
    » Disseminate resource in schools and community centres in London and across UK.

    Each participant embarking on their own community projects, responding to each other and collaborating within their communities. Each participant running a workshop.

  • Impact


    Long term changes:

    - Archived research and film footage that can be used in schools and colleges.

    - An online resource.

    - Good relationships between community leaders and young people within the boroughs. A continued relationship between youth service providers, schools, councils, young people.

    - The friendship shared between the group inspite of different postcodes and rivalry that mars young people today.


    The project brings together young people from different areas particularly those which are experiencing gang tension and postcode wars. There could be a risk that violence will erupt in a workshop. Pan's artists have vast experience in working in conflict zones amongst fractured communities both in the UK and abroad. Our artists will train the performance group in conflict resolution techniques and will also seek advice from local police and youth workers.


    Pan has a robust method of monitoring and evaluation which is documented throughout the project. Project reports will be submitted half way through and at the end of the project. Donors will be invited to the events and will be sent all project publicity.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £31,162

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,408 Workshops 32 creative sessions, 16 training sessions for group of 9 young people
      £8,840 Administrator Part time administrator to coordinate project
      £5,000 Technician, equipment Technician, equipment and transport
      £2,249 Educational resource Creation and marketing of online resouces
      £3,000 Marketing and evaluation Photos, printed publicity, project DVD and dissemination
      £2,665 Admin Rent, stationary, insurance etc
  • Background


    The project will take place in the london boroughs of Hackney, Southwark, Lambeth, and Camden. In schools, Pupil Referral Units, Youth offending teams, and community centres.


    This project will benefit young people aged 12 - 23years, who are living in the area and who are involved in, or victims of anti-social behaviour and/or violent crime. The target boroughs are in the 8 worst London boroughs for deprivation. We will work with the police, youth workers and teachers to identify those pupils who are most at risk and who are hardest to engage.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Pan's Arts Against Violence programme has been running for a decade, first developed by invitation from the Metropolitan police. Projects reach across London and have enaged over 10,000 young people who are at risk of violent crime. Pan also runs an integrational arts programme, bringing different communities together to increase understanding and respect which is supported by Youth Offending Teams. Pan empowers young people to find solutions to problems affecting the community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Angus Scott - Miller

    Project Director - Weapon of Choice. Angus started at Pan as a participant on a 2008 project and has developed through the leadership programme.

    Zephryn Taitte

    Project Director - Weapon of Choice. Zephryn started at Pan as a participant on a 2008 programme and has developed through the leadership programme.

    Melanie Anouf

    Project Administrator

    St Ethelburga's Centre For Peace And Reconcilliation

    Pan is working alongside the centre in advocating for and delivering reconcilliation training. The centre will host performances and workshops.


will pay for a half day performance/workshop

The play has the power to make audience members think about the effects of gun and knife crime in an indivudal, parent, society

Asden Oke, participant