Pulse was a theatre collective for 18-30 year-olds in Medway that used theatre as a vehicle to tackle stigmas surrounding mental health and provided opportunities to learn new skills, and develop confidence and creativity.

Led by its members, Pulse brought together like-minded people who were passionate, creative and friendly to co-create innovative new work with Medway’s wider community, with a particular focus on connecting with older adults in care homes.

Pulse was supported by the People’s Health Trust and the Henry Smith Charity and met weekly from 2018-2020.

‘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
★★★★ ‘A sharp, impeccably performed and blazingly impassioned piece of theatre…simply terrific.’
— The Times
‘Icon Theatre has given me new friends, taught me new skills and challenged my lack of self-belief’
— Community Performer
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

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