Our inclusive approach sets us apart. We believe in giving every child, regardless of their educational or physical needs, or their socio-economic, religious or ethnic backgrounds, the chance to be involved in the performing arts.
We give children and young people – who otherwise might not have had the opportunity to do so – the chance to explore a whole new, rich, exciting and safe creative world. In the process they grow in confidence and develop respect for themselves and each other. They also develop the ability to engage with the performing arts in a variety of different ways.
"My son is autistic and unable to access mainstream theatre activities because of his disability... At the beginning he could only stay in rehearsals for ½ hour but a few months in he can do a whole two hour session and all the performances. He absolutely loves being part of this fantastic company.”
Angel Shed Children's Theatre participant’s parent
- To allow children and young people of all abilities access to an inclusive performing arts experience.
- To genuinely include and represent children and young people from all communities in Islington and neighbouring areas.
- To encourage awareness, acceptance and respect for other people’s ideas, beliefs and abilities.
- To promote creativity and freedom of expression through the use of challenging and stimulating theatrical activities.
- To encourage teamwork and positive communication.
- To build confidence and independence in a safe and enjoyable environment.
Our participants typically benefit from the following:
• Increased confidence -- our high ratio of C&YP to practitioners (2:1) focuses on breaking down self-perceived barriers, success at being part of a group encourages them to think about other goals that they could achieve such as continuation in higher education.
• Social Cohesion -- we provide a safe environment for C&YP to recognise differences, develop empathy and value what they have to offer to one another and their community
• Creating pathways to employment -- we have a structured programme for interested Youth Theatre members to train as volunteer practitioners. The practitioner group is then offered paid employment through the outreach project work.