We were one of 12 lead arts organisations for the INSPIRE – Leading Through Culture project, part of the Kent Schools Olympic Legacy Programme, funded by Kent County Council, Artswork and ROH Bridge.

This was an ambitious programme involving 130 schools and a key group of arts and cultural organisations from across Kent, supporting young people to connect with and create arts and culture.

Icon Theatre was also host for the Big Share Day which acted as a culmination for the programme in 2015, bringing together over 300 young people to share the artwork, movement and theatre pieces they had created over the course of the project.

78% of the participating young people said they were more confident and had more friends as a result of the project
— Six Ways To Wellbeing, young people's wellbeing project
‘Icon Theatre has given me new friends, taught me new skills and challenged my lack of self-belief’
— Community Performer
‘It has been lifechanging. Lady Unchained has helped get my life changed, I’ve started to look for opportunities on the outside, and see that there is life after prison.’
— Young Artist, Cookham Wood Young People’s Theatre Programme
★★★★ ‘It is easy to take for granted the acting skills of a top theatre company. But when actors embody characters as superbly as this, you can’t help but notice.’
— The New Statesman
'Icon has been ahead of the curve in understanding that the arts have a role to play in bringing people together, helping them be heard by telling their own stories in their own way, and in the process creating a sense of pride in place and space.'
— Lyn Gardner, Theatre Journalist
★★★★ ‘A sharp, impeccably performed and blazingly impassioned piece of theatre…simply terrific.’
— The Times

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