Pegasus Theatre Trust

Looking Forward & Acting Out

Two projects working with young people experiencing challenges in their lives and facing significant barriers to engaging with the arts: Looking Forward for vulnerable young women aged 11-18 and Acting Out for children aged 9-11 with challenging life circumstances

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1055305)

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Championed by Four Acre Trust


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)


United Kingdom


Young people who are experiencing challenging life circumstances, including financial/social disadvantages and individual vulnerabilities, and who struggle to engage with mainstream education, often find it difficult to access the arts and creative opportunities outside of school. Around one third of young people living in some neighbourhoods close to Pegasus are growing up in poverty.


We provide creative opportunities with in-depth pastoral support through two free referral projects: Looking Forward and Acting Out. These engage young people with a range of disadvantages including mental health issues, ADHD and ASD, young women at risk of sexual exploitation, young people who self-harm, young carers, young people in or on the edge of care and young people at risk of school refusal or exclusion.

  • It has been really impressive to see how [Pegasus] has ensured…disadvantaged groups are supported and encouraged to take part. Up to a third of young people growing up next to the theatre are growing up in poverty; the rich cultural experience they can experience at Pegasus is incredibly important.

    — Anneliese Dodds MP Oxford East

  • L and K clearly enjoyed the project and looked forward to it each week. The children presented as happier and more confident in school. We saw an increase in their self-esteem and their willingness to try new things and contribute ideas in class.

    — L & K's referrer, Acting Out

  • I started to feel a little less stressed and annoyed all the time…I thought a lot about my future here and have spoken about lifestyles…I love how Pegasus has changed me to a more confident person.

    — Participant, Looking Forward