The Unicorn Out in Our Community.
The Unicorn Theatre reaches around 25,000 young people every year through our work in schools, including free theatre visits and learning activities. We now want to build on that to expand our relationships in the community, and so we have redeveloped our community programme. This is our new REACH programme.
We want the work we do onstage to serve our widest possible community and reflect where we are. We will be working with young people, their families, and specialist local groups to open our doors to ensure the Unicorn is a safe space for them to express themselves.
We’re the very best at theatre for young people. So we thought who else is the best at what they do? Some of the remarkable organisations who work with the hardest-to-reach children in our community!
And this is where we step in… We want the Unicorn to be a space to demonstrate young people’s talents, allow their creativity to flow, connect with other individuals who have a taste for theatre but don’t know where to go or simply enjoy watching theatre!
Over the coming years, we’ll be working with the most connected, forward-thinking third sector organisations, and matching them with our ethos. The goal of REACH is to target particular selective groups who aren’t represented or supported in the best way possible.
To kick off our journey, we have chosen Phosphoros Theatre Company to be one of our Associate Companies. Phosphoros Theatre works solely with Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and refugees. In the summer, we’ll be collaborating with Great Ormond Street Hospital to bring the special and unique energy of Unicorn to young patients. We’re also finding partners who specialise in working with young people who are at risk, children and families who rely on foodbanks, those who are excluded. We believe that everyone should have access to what our programme has to offer regardless of socio-economic barriers.
Overall, we will be taking a bespoke approach to our work with young people and families from our community. All these projects are being created in direct response to the needs and interests of each group.
Through REACH, we’ll work in partnership with community groups to offer free or heavily subsidised tickets, workshops, and long-term creative projects that may result in other avenues being opened up for the young people and families. This is only the beginning – we are constantly seeking for new ways to connect the community to the Unicorn.
If you feel like this sounds like something you or someone you know would like to be part of, please contact Lauren La Rocque to find out more about how you can get involved. Alternatively, if you are an organisation that feels they will benefit from our REACH programme please feel free to contact Lauren to discuss further - firstname.lastname@example.org
Our doors are open to young people from every corner of London. We look forward to welcoming you to the Unicorn in the future.