A theater for everyone, the Taking Part Program
The Young Vic is a theatre for everyone. Around 100,000 people visit the theater in London each year and thousands more on tour. Whilst theatre making is their core activity, their commitment to do more than simply produce shows is evident in their Taking Part Program.
It aims to break down the barriers that prevent the widest range of people from experiencing theatre, both as makers or observers. Each year the program works with over 10,000 people and at least 250 schools and community organizations from the local boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. All projects are offered for free to participants in order to attract those who might not otherwise be able to take part or see theatre of the highest quality.
A focus on the two neighboring boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark
The whole team is committed to making the Young Vic a place where local people, young and old feel welcome.
Both boroughs have high levels of deprivation, ranked 5th and 9th respectively amongst London boroughs, and are ethnically diverse with a high percentage of residents from black and minority ethnic groups. Over 150 languages are spoken in local schools across the boroughs with English as a second language for many. In addition there are high rates of child poverty, increasing numbers of lone-parent households, low levels of educational achievement and high levels of long-term unemployment.
They use theatre-making practices to provide constructive and enjoyable creative activities led by professional artists. They aim to use their skills to support these young people’ experience and access to theatre, to develop confidence and equip them with transferable skills to support their ongoing development.