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Project information

Almeida Participation

We are committed to ensuring that every child and young person, whatever their circumstances, has the opportunity to access our unique theatre. We offer a broad, high quality and innovative programme for, by and with young people, aged 5 – 25, through Almeida Participation.

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: Almeida Theatre Company Limited

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  • Need


    Almeida Participation focuses primarily on the young people of Islington and its surrounding boroughs. Islington has the second highest level of child poverty in London and more than one in eight experience a mental health condition. We aim to extend the range of young people we currently engage with by breaking down barriers to access – demonstrating to young people that getting involved in theatre can be fun and inspiring, and that the cost of the ticket is not a concern.


    Almeida Participation believes that it is important to support young people with quality arts provision to ensure that we are reaching everyone – not just those who are already committed; and to ensure that our work is accessible for a diverse range of young people. We aim to work with over 3,000 young people a year to inspire, challenge and engage them as audience members, participants and theatre makers; creating opportunities that work to increase confidence, communication and team-work.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To engage participants in creative learning with industry professionals.


    » Introductory workshops to introduce key themes, directorial concepts and key issues in a hands-on way to support the experience of the production.
    » Almeida Academy is a programme of Saturday drama classes for children and young people aged 5 to 14.
    » Young Company is a group of young theatre makers who create work inspired by the Almeida’s artistic programme and the world around them.

    What success will look like

    Success will be participants engaging meaningfully with the theatre, developing their skills and progressing through different elements of Almeida Participation.

    Aim 2

    To create sustainable partnerships with the local community.


    » We forge partnerships with 10 local schools often culminating in performances on the Almeida stage.
    » Teachers' Evenings are an opportunity to engage with local teachers, offering access to top price tickets and a pre-show Q&A to explore the show.
    » Access All Areas offers partner schools free tickets to up to five shows a year - giving more local young people access to high-quality theatre.
    » Schools can access hugely subsidised tickets, and an introductory or critical response workshops to help students gain insight into the play.

    What success will look like

    Success will see us continue to forge meaningful partnerships in Islington and its neighbouring boroughs, whilst extending our reach in London.

    Aim 3

    To increase confidence and communication skills.


    » We run intergenerational community shows with local people, for them to share stories, devise new works and perform on our stage.
    » Our Young Producers, Young Critics and Young Directors' Groups seek to develop young people, offering them skills in their areas of interest.
    » Our Youth Advisory Board helps to shape artistic programming at the theatre and in turn access tailored personal development opportunities.

    What success will look like

    Success will be improvement in confidence and attainment at school for pupils.

    Aim 4

    To engage more young people in the arts and theatre and break down barriers to access


    » Yearly 'Almeida for Free festival' during which under 25 can access a range of free tickets for performances, workshops and panel events.
    » In order to reach young people who do not normally go to the theatre, we undertake intensive and targeted outreach activity around key shows.

    What success will look like

    All young people, regardless of their preferences, age, race, gender, sex or ability, feel that the Almeida is a safe, accessible space for them.

  • Impact


    In the future Almeida Participation aims to:
    • energise and empower artists to raise the standard and status of working with young people within the industry;
    • lead every young person that we work with on a journey of discovery – as audiences, participants and artists. We encourage them to see the opportunity to set a future agenda.
    Our on-going ambition is to continue to develop greater integration with the wider artistic programme and create the next generation of artistic talent.


    The key risk is that we need to secure ongoing funding in order to maintain this vital programme of work. Each year the Almeida fundraises £200,000 to underpin the Almeida Participation activity and to continue to provide high-quality opportunities for young people to engage in theatrical experiences, regardless of their background. Our target of £20,000 for The Big Give 2018 will ensure that we can continue to offer our programme of activities.


    Donors will receive regular updates on Almeida Participation. This will include experiences from participants, details of what they learned and how it has enriched their lives. All donors are regularly invited to see the work first hand and to meet participants.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £19,950

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      Amount Heading Description
      £750 Teachers Evenings Critical workshops for teachers to engage in the topics of Almeida plays before engaging pupils
      £10,000 Partner Schools Free/subsidised tickets, creative and critical response workshops for local school children
      £2,200 Youth Advisory Board Costs for personal development workshops with theatre and career development professionals, travel
      £2,000 Young Critics Tickets to see shows across London and at the Almeida, special workshops faciliated by journalists
      £2,000 Young Producers Workshops faciliated by theatre professionals (writers, directors and producers)
      £3,000 Young Company Workshops hosted by leading theatre professionals, travel, venue hire and performance costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Islington Council £5,050 Guaranteed
    Aspen £65,000 Guaranteed
    Don Hanson Charitable Trust £6,500 Guaranteed
    Charles Skey Charitable Trust £7,500 Guaranteed
    Ernest Cook Trust £7,500 Guaranteed
    Weinstock Fund £5,000 Guaranteed
    Val A Browning Charitable Trust £37,760 Guaranteed
    Sackler Trust £33,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Almeida Theatre is based in Islington, North London, which is a culturally diverse, socially and economically deprived inner city borough. It has the second highest level of child poverty in London, where 15,000 children live in families where nobody works. We work with schools that have an above average percentage of students receiving free school meals and a very high percentage of black and minority ethnic (BAME) students.


    Almeida Participation works with young people through secondary schools & community groups in Islington. For financial, social and cultural reasons, it is difficult for the young people of Islington to participate in high quality arts experiences. Through subsidised tickets, Projects also has potential to reach all UK-based schools and colleges and also provides opportunities for young people to get involved independently of their schools.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Almeida, based in Islington, makes brave new work that asks big questions: of plays, of theatre & the world around us. We bring together exciting artists to provoke, inspire & surprise our audiences; to interrogate the present, & imagine the future. We have a dedicated Almeida Projects team offering an active link between our theatre & young people, able to share our professional theatre experience, our expertise & our unique theatre space with young people, no matter what their background.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rupert Goold

    Rupert is the Artistic Director of the Almeida, setting the artistic and strategic vision, quality and creativity for which we are renowned.

    Dani Parr

    Dani Parr is our Head of Participation and Work for Young People