Grant for Disadvantaged Children in London to Engage in Cultural Activity

Lyric Hammersmith

Lyric Hammersmith

Lyric Hammersmith

The Lyric Hammersmith is West London’s largest producing theatre. Alongside its renowned programme of professional productions on stage, the Lyric has developed a programme of work for children and young people from a wide range of cultural, social and economic backgrounds.

The grant from BFSS helped to fund a programme to enable 300 disadvantaged children from schools in deprived wards to take part in weekly curriculum-linked creative workshops and regular production visits to the Lyric Theatre with opportunities to perform on stage. Children learn about improvisation and story telling, which helps to foster teamwork and communication, while teachers are enabled to develop their confidence in using arts to deliver the National Curriculum.

The following feedback bears witness to the impact which the activities are having on children taking part in the programme. It reports the reaction from a teacher at one of the schools.“ The teacher was amazed they [the children] not only got into their groups from the last session with no conflict but then remembered what they had done. She also talked about students who were unable to sustain little focus and concentration who were transformed in the session. For example the boy who reads the book at the beginning of the prologue is usually unable to sustain any focus or concentration at all. During the session his mentor came into the session and could not believe his behaviour.”

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