Project information

Almeida Projects

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 Projects.

January 2016 - April 2016

Charity information: Almeida Theatre Company Limited

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  • Need


    Almeida Projects has, up until now, focused primarily on the young people of Islington and its surrounding boroughs. Islington has the second highest level of child poverty in London. We aim to extend the range of young people we currently engage with by breaking down participation barriers – demonstrating to young people that getting involved in theatre can be fun; that transport to our theatre is straightforward and cheap; and finally that the cost of the ticket is not a concern.


    Almeida Projects believes that it is important to support schools with quality arts provision to ensure that we are reaching everyone – not just those who are already keen and 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 particpants in creative learning with industry professionals.


    » Introductory workshops 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.
    » The Creative Board are a group of five young people aged 19 - 24 on a yearlong training programme focused on producing and artistic programming.

    Success will be participants continuing to engage with the theatre, progressing through all elements of Almeida Projects to become the next generation of theatre makers.

    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 up to 20 free tickets to up to 5 shows/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

    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 deliver term-long Cross-Schools Residencies, led by industry professionals and culminating in shared performances on the Almeida Theatre stage.
    » Almeida Academy: run by industry professionals, young people experiment with their creativity, build confidence, develop talent and have fun!
    » Weekly sessions for two groups, aged 13-15 and 16-19, participants take part in workshops and devise a final performance.

    Success will be improvement in confidence and attainment at school noted by themselves, teachers and parents.

    Aim 4

    To foster talent and develop the theatre-making skills.


    » Creative Board: Six young people programme and produce a series of events to enable development and performance opportunities for young people.
    » Monthly masterclasses, one week facilitation courses, Creative Board and yearlong Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Theatre with Young People.

    Success would be that we hope that their experience with us will shape their key decisions, and that eventually some might return as artists to develop their work.

  • Impact


    In the future Almeida Projects 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 Projects activity and to continue to provide high quality opportunities for young people to engage in theatrical experiences no matter what their background. Our target of £20,000 for The Big Give 2015 will ensure that we reach the funds required for this financial year.


    Donors will receive regular updates on Almeida Projects. 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: £255,475

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,140 Training Creative Board
      £34,700 Schools Residencies, workshops, teacher's evenings
      £22,200 Under 14 engagement Academy and family workshops
      £23,350 Young Friends of the Almeida Year long programme for 15 - 25 year olds
      £15,000 General Admin, print, travel, physical costs & 5% contigency
      £135,085 Salaries 4 full-time staff, 2 apprentices

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Islington Council £10,000 Guaranteed
    Aspen £50,000 Guaranteed
    ICAP £50,000 Guaranteed
    Stavros Niarchos Foundation £41,000 Guaranteed
    Charles Skey Charitable Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
    Anonymous £5,000 Guaranteed
    Jack Petchey Foundation £800 Conditional
  • 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 Projects 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, including through the Young Friends of the Almeida.

  • 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.

    Sarah Tarry

    Sarah is Our Training and Advocacy Coordinator and Acting Head of Almeida Projects.