it's our theatre

it's our theatre

We believe that engaging young people with creative arts can make a real and lasting difference to their lives. The ‘it’s our theatre’ project develops the skills, confidence, self-belief and life choices of young people aged 13-19 – mostly from disadvantaged groups – and accredits their progress and achievements through the Trinity College Arts Award.

The project uses Hip Hop - a cross art form encompassing dance, music, spoken word and visual arts, dynamic, accessible and owned by young people - as an inclusive tool and framework for engagement and learning. It provides hugely enjoyable activities in a number of stages with clear and structured progression for each participant.

Each cycle of the project starts with a road show where young people witness an energetic performance by leading Hip Hop artists. These road shows invite the young people to sign up for an intensive series of workshops where they can engage with various disciplines including rap, dance, music and acting. The workshops are delivered by our team of highly respected professional artists who inspire the young people to create their own performances pieces.

This intense series of workshops ends with a Slam Night. The Slam Night is a great opportunity for parents, teachers and friends to see the great work that the young people have created. The performances are always well received and we are constantly reminded of just how talented young people are and how much of a privilege is it to be involved in harnessing some of that talent.

The second phase of each cycle involves a 9 week series of workshops, these 9 weeks see the young people create performance pieces focussing on their own stories. It is a moving experience to witness young people using arts to process the highs and lows of their lives. Their stories come to life in a powerful way when their pieces are performed, along with another Slam Night.

The project places young people at the heart of the decision making - giving them ownership, encouraging them to work together as a team, enabling them to take responsibility for producing and performing events that showcase their work both locally and nationally. Some young people progress to achieve silver and gold Arts Awards and we have been privileged to be able to support many of them with an it's your future Bursary Awardto enables them to invent and create community arts projects of their own.