Scene & Heard

Scene & Heard

A unique mentoring project brings together inner city children of Somers Town, London, with volunteer theatre professionals to create original theatre. Plays written by children and performed by professional adults give children a voice, boosting their self-esteem and raising aspirations.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1077836)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£16,800

Amount raised

£7,957

Donations

73

    Category

  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment

    Helping

Location

  • Scene & Heard is one of those rare, simple and beautiful ideas ... If everyone sent a tenner then that part of town would forever be in better shape

    — Bill Nighy - Actor & Scene & Heard Patron

  • A heady evening which leaves you wishing that this demonstration of what drama can do for children could be funded and repeated on a national scale

    — MICHAEL BILLINGTON, The Guardian March 2010

  • I like Scene & Heard. I like the way they work with children. Scene & Heard is very important - it is a safe place.

    — Scene & Heard Parent

  • Scene & Heard is one of those rare, simple and beautiful ideas ... If everyone sent a tenner then that part of town would forever be in better shape

    — Bill Nighy - Actor & Scene & Heard Patron

  • A heady evening which leaves you wishing that this demonstration of what drama can do for children could be funded and repeated on a national scale

    — MICHAEL BILLINGTON, The Guardian March 2010

  • I like Scene & Heard. I like the way they work with children. Scene & Heard is very important - it is a safe place.

    — Scene & Heard Parent

Situation

We aim to mitigate effects of deprivation on the children of Somers Town; specifically lack of aspiration and low self-esteem resulting from poverty. There is little access to after-school activities and limited community engagement in this racially divided community. Research confirms that all this limits social mobility.

Solution

By giving each child quality one-to-one adult attention and enabling them to write and perform their own plays we improve children's literacy skills, attitudes towards learning and develop communication and social skills.Each child experiences immediate, public success at the performances of their play. Being part of a professional theatre company raises aspiration and reinforces pride in their accomplishments. The local community comes together, sharing in the success of its young people