Every year London's Free Open-Air Theatre Season run a series of exciting and innovative education and outreach programmes. Whilst we are thrilled to offer the most accessible and inclusive theatre season in the capital, we are always looking for different ways of reaching new audiences and working with new people.
Since 2005 we have created a huge education project in collaboration with Southwark Theatres Education Partnership.
Working with up to eight schools groups - junior, secondary and higher education - up to 240 local young people have explored themes from the theatre season, looking at what they mean to them. Each group creates their own piece of theatre which is performed in an afternoon performance in the Scoop at More London.
Working with each other, with their teachers and with our education team over a series of drama workshops, the programme encourages communication and team-working skills , inspires confidence and creativity and generates a huge sense of achievement in the participants.
In 2008 we started to look at ways of extending our accessibility by taking what we do to those who cannot come to us. We have taken our family shows to children's hospitals and day centres for the elderly across Southwark.
In 2011 we also visited the Shell Theatre at Lordship Recreational Ground in Tottenham with our production of Around the World in Eighty Days. This was our first opportunity to start to replicate what we have achieved in The Scoop at More London in a different part of the capital and we look forward to more such events in the future.
Since 2009 we have also been working with local refugee groups and immigrant communities, facilitating drama workshops and exploring what it's like to be new to London and to make your home here.