Creative Partnerships

The Y Theatre worked successfully with Woodstock Primary School for three years through the Government's flagship Creative Partnerships programme, which gives schools access to the expertise of creative organisations. Amy Christer, Arts Education Officer for The Y Theatre is currently a Creative Agent working with several different schools.

"I feel the class has made real progress in their language development not only related to the vocabulary they have learned but also in their confidence to share their own ideas. Since these sessions began there has been a noticeable improvement in the children's performing and listening skills."
Suzanne Curtis, Teacher

Gang Prevention

Working in partnership with Leicestershire Police, Community Safety Team the Youth Offending Service and Children and Young People's Services, we commissioned and co-produced Bare Drama, a theatre-in-education programme looking at issues around gang membership and associated crime. The programme had a major impact in schools with both teachers and young people when it toured in 2008 and was re-commissioned to tour schools in 2010. See news.

Leicester does not have an ingrained gang crime problem, however a need for preventative education was identified and as such Bare Drama played a pivotal role in raising this agenda. Developed with the help of young offenders, Bare Drama toured to year 7 pupils in priority areas of Leicester. In 2008 the programme was delivered to 414 young people.

Our schools work demonstrates that drama is a positive tool to explore complex issues with young people, who were encouraged to question the actions of the characters and develop their own solutions. The programme helped young people understand and discuss risk factors, while equipping them with appropriate strategies and support networks for the future.

"I am really encouraged by the work being done by The Y Theatre in partnership with schools. Preventative work to help young people make the right choices in life is vital to community safety and tackling the issue of gangs and the misery it can cause is both sensitive and a step in the right direction."
Superintendent Steve Boulton, Leicestershire Constabulary