We create innovative, exciting, original theatre by and with inspiring young people from one of London's most challenging, unequal and diverse boroughs.
We aim to create new work that surpasses what is commonly expected from 'young company' work by helping our young people build the skills they'll need to become collaborative, imaginative, brave theatre-makers. We do that by creating a space in which young people and professional theatre-makers can collaborate with and learn from each other, explore ideas together and make high quality theatre from scratch together.
We only make original work and we only make work that can best be made by young people. We commission leading and emerging writers to create new work in collaboration with young people. In the last four years we have commissioned more than 30 new plays, long and short, by writers like Inua Ellams, Dawn King, Hattie Naylor, Alice Birch, Alexandra Wood and Janice Okoh.
We produce high quality productions in theatres across Islington. We have performed at the National Theatre twice and at Soho Theatre and created a large scale site-specific piece with 80 young people in a 8000 square foot disused warehouse.
Our work has been featured in the Guardian and Time Out and on Channel 4's The Secret Millionaire.
Some of our members have started to make their way into the theatre industry, both through gaining places to study at places like RADA, Central School of Speech and Drama, ALRA and East 15, but also by taking the initiative to make their own work.
At any one time we work with up to 200 young people a week, including training groups of young writers and young production trainees (technical theatre).
We were the runners up in the inaugural Spirit of London Awards, sponsored by the Damilola Taylor Trust.