WOC - School Residencies


We work closely with schools to tailor the workshops to the needs of the young people, offering excellent theatre and performance opportunities to young people that struggle in mainstream education. The workshops combine drama games, improvisation, character work, and Forum theatre; examining broad themes and using choice and consequence as the driving force for an insightful dialogue with young people. The specific topic or area the play explores comes from the young people that we work with, allowing participants to express their hopes, fears, aspirations and the barriers they face to realising their potential.

Our work has been previously funded by: Arts Council EnglandBBC Performing Arts FundThe Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s FundCity & Metropolitan Welfare Charity, The CAW Foundation, Help A Capital ChildBig Lottery Awards for All, The London Community Foundation and Deutsche Bank: Born to Be Youth Engagement Programme 

We are now funded by John Lyon's Charity.

I really liked the icebreaker games and the fact all of the members seemed to bring their own experiences and opinions to the games. I liked how the idea of weapons was gradually brought into the session as I felt as though the young people were able to warm to members of the group, which meant better engagement.

Substance Misuse Practitioner, Camden Youth Offending Service 2013.


Statistics from our Schools Residencies

  • 89.5% increase in commitment and enthusiasm
  • 94.7% increase in willingness to perform
  • 42% increase in the confidence and self-expression

We asked what were the strengths of the project, here is what some of them said: 

Learning, acting, fun, friendship, acting in front of people, teamwork, jokes, creating the play, the techniques we learnt, the people we worked with, having a new ability.’ 

Statistics from questionnaires filled out by audience members at the final performance after our 10-week school-based project: 

  • 56% agreed some aspects of the performance seemed relevant to their own life 
  • 72% agreed they were completely absorbed by what was happening on stage
  • 67% agreed they felt they could identify with the characters/storyline 
  • 56% agreed they would be talking about the experience for some time to come 


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