EVERY DONATION MAKES A DIFFERENCE.
In the last year alone we have distributed 11,805 tickets to schools for free – or almost free – through the Unicorn Learning Programme with the support of The McGrath Trust, engaged 1,700 schoolchildren in 56 workshops across 47 schools, run year-long projects with 30 partner schools and delivered Professional Development sessions for nearly 200 teachers.
We want now to be able to achieve the same impact for children in communities who have even less. So in 2019, we are launching an expanded and redeveloped community programme – REACH – for children whose lives, for whatever reason, fall outside civic and statutory provision. There are thousands of these children across London.
To achieve this we’ve decided to work in partnership with the most connected, forward-thinking not-for-profit organisations. We’ll use their knowledge of local need and deprivation to help us offer targeted tickets, workshops and long-term creative projects for the very hardest-to-reach children.
In our first year, we will REACH 2,500 new young people through sensitive, in-depth work, and we’ll be growing every year. Every project is being created in direct response to the needs of each group, 30 Welcome Workshops to open our doors, four in-depth creative projects, 1,880 tickets for free or nearly free to young people who would never otherwise get to us, a new collaboration with Great Ormond Street Hospital to bring the special and unique energy of the Unicorn to children in hospital and next year, we’ll take that project to children’s hospitals across the UK.
With new Associate Company Phosphoros Theatre, we’ll work directly with Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and young refugees. And we’ll support Phosphoros in their growth towards helping hundreds more. And we’re finding more and more eager partners who specialise in working with young people: those children who are at risk, those children who rely on foodbanks, those children who need a safe place in which to receive access to cultural activities.
Help us get there by supporting us today. Read more about our REACH community work.
This support and investment not only helps us to produce high quality work on our stages but also enables us to run a programme of projects alongside it, with schools and community groups and for those who otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend the theatre. All supporters are listed at the bottom of this page.
MariaMarina Foundation has been a generous supporter of our Community Programme for the last six years, helping to offer young people the highest quality artistic interventions, breaking down barriers to theatre access and providing activities and experiences that are engaging and relevant.