Lyric Hammersmith

The Gift of Lyric Theatre Classes for Young People

Arts engagement can be transformational for young people & will be vital post-pandemic. We want to offer more FREE & subsidised places to our drama, music & technical classes so all 7-25 year olds can join regardless of background. Help tackle the inequality of access to the arts in W London in 2022

history Campaign has now closed

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

Registered Charity in England and Wales (278518)

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Championed by The Childhood Trust


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


The inequalities in our borough (poverty rate 30.5%; 38% of children from income deprived families & 24% have free school meals) have been magnified by the pandemic. Young people suffered from desocialisation & isolation which could affect long-term mental health & reduce life chances. Accessible arts education will help but faces a further crisis as recent government funding cuts has affected cultural institutions & schools. The accessibility of affordable & high-quality classes is under threat


By reducing the financial barrier to accessing our Lyric Theatre classes with more FREE places & maintaining the affordable subsidised cost of £6/w we'll bring young people together into a welcoming, inspiring & inclusive community environment post lockdown. Our classes offer positive & effective arts engagement for young people to improve confidence, well-being, life skills & career pathways. Our long-term track record & community networks will help us recruit young people who need our support

  • Acting up introduced me to a supportive environment where I could learn industry techniques which weren’t taught in the curriculum. It was really rewarding to be led by a working director. It made me understand that acting could actually be a tangible reality as a career.

    — An Acting Up class participant

  • Studio Sessions gave me the confidence to do what I never thought I would be able to do, create and perform my own song. Giving young people that supportive space to explore their creative side is incredibly valuable and should be celebrated.

    — A Studio Sessions participant

  • Young Lyric offers 1000’s of young people their first engagement with the arts and creative industries every year. Post lockdown, classes are vital for social, emotional and physical wellbeing. We cannot wait to welcome young people back to the Lyric and support the recovery of our local community.

    — Rob Lehmann, Director of Young Lyric