3 weeks, 14 schools, 52 workshops, 1,951 young people. All in a day’s work for Theatre31!

Responding to the gradual lifting of UK lockdowns, Playground Theatre was a vibrant programme of free workshops created by the Theatre31 Facilitation Team.

Over three weeks, drama-based taster workshops were delivered in playgrounds and outdoor settings at both primary and secondary schools, designed to introduce young people to the world of theatre and engage them in the exciting opportunities available to them through Icon’s Theatre31 programme.

While Covid-19 continued to be a challenge, it was no obstacle to the Theatre31 team, who adapted and successfully engaged over 1,900 young people across Medway and Sheppey in the Playground Theatre project.

‘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
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
★★★★ ‘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 Theatre has given me new friends, taught me new skills and challenged my lack of self-belief’
— Community Performer
'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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