Theatre for Youth Inclusion
Arc Theatre creates powerful drama for vulnerable young people. We work with underachievers, persistent truants, those excluded or at risk of exclusion, young offenders and many others in a range of challenging social settings. Drama ignites imagination, nurtures confidence and trust, inspires potential and encourages belonging and responsibility.
We offer new opportunities for young people to participate in the arts, including:
- Stereo by Clifford Oliver - performance and workshops exploring one young man's experience of the Criminal Justice System
Read testimonial letter from PRU KS3 teacher (PDF, 25k)
- Bespoke performances created for conferences, training and special eventsWatch a video clip of This Time for the Youth Justice Board Annual Convention
- Stand-alone or series of drama-based workshop programmes
- DVDs and resource material
- INSET and training for staff
Read our Theatre for Youth Inclusion leaflet (PDF, 1mb)
"By introducing Arc to a group of children excluded from school who suffered from low self-esteem and behavioural problems, we succeeded in bringing a much-needed sense of pride and self-confidence in their abilities."
Cathy Woolley - Outreach and Community Involvement Officer, Historic Royal Palaces
"I thought the realism in Stereo captured the young people in a unique way ... it left you thinking, which I'm sure is the same for the majority of young people in the room. I feel it enables young people to evaluate the negative lifestyle in a real way as, unfortunately, they may know of a 'Carlton' character in their own world and see the outcome of their negative choices. Positively it helps young people to QUESTION themselves and those around them."
Member of staff, Wandsworth Youth Offending Team
"Thank you for allowing young people to experience 'real' theatre dealing with 'real' issues using the voice of their own experiences. We look forward with anticipation to future performances and in the meantime will be urging others passionately to go and see this!"
Leila Alkunshalie - KS3 English Teacher, Pupil Referral Unit