Islington Community Theatre was established by Ned Glasier in October 2008, initially as a parent charity to Islington Youth Theatre, which had previously been run as an after school club at Islington Arts and Media School.
Since then, the company has expanded significantly and is recognised as one of the UK's most exciting grassroots theatre companies: a livewire ensemble of professional theatre-makers and young people from one of the UK's most disadvantaged boroughs.
Our work is diverse: we've commissioned and performed new plays for young people, devised new work from scratch, created intergenerational dance pieces, interactive theatre games, obscure theatre happenings and site-specific installations.
In 2009 our production of Success was performed at the National Theatre and we were runners up at the prestigious Spirt of London Awards. In 2010 we doubled in size and created five major new pieces of work. In 2011 we took over an 8000 square foot warehouse for a monumental site-specific play involving more than 60 young people. Later that year, our work was featured on Channel 4's The Secret Millionaire.
At the heart of everything we do is the desire to create bold, innovative, exciting theatre, led by the ideas of some of London's most extraordinary young people.
By doing so we hope that more young people from non-traditional theatre backgrounds will have the confidence, experience and belief to make their own work and transform the art form in a new, dynamic and democratic way.
"Theatre's Next Generation" Time Out