Community Engagement

May 31, 20180


“Art in all its forms can have such an incredibly powerful, positive impact on the individual, particularly for those at risk of offending. “


act up fiercely believes that the arts should and can be available to absolutely everyone and we’re at it hammer and tongs to spread it’s power far and wide.


Since act up began we have regularly been invited to collaborate with organizations and charities to enable many to benefit from engaging with the arts. Charities we have worked with include St Mungos, Barnardos, Trident, and Kids Company.


If you are interested in act up designing a community engagement programme devised from their professional experience in the acting and fine arts world for you, please do get in touch.

Projects we’re particularly proud of

Copenhagen Youth Project

Islington, London offering advice in fundraising, marketing and leading arts projects.
This included an invite to a private screening of Simon Blake’s feature film STILL, where the young adults had the opportunity to meet and talk to the leads in the film Aidan Gillen and Amanda Mealing courtesy of Blunt Pictures.

The Pendragon Recordings

was a collaboration of tunes between students of Pendragon School, young people from Kids Company and guest artists from the music industry. All profits from album sales went to Kids Company.
It was launched at the Barbican Centre and was an extraordinary experience. act up came on board to push through the genius of Celyn Jones and Chris Warren the main instigators on the project.

The Success

“People that before the workshops had perceived that drama school would never be suitable for them are now working regularly as professional actors. Sadly our collaboration came to an end as the funding was cut, but while it lasted it we loved it.”

– Gemma Lloyd

“I think the work you, Chris/Team and the kids have done to pull this together is incredible, it should be a standing example of why the arts are so important to growth, I can’t wait to brag about this album.”

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– IE, Idris Elba (Driis)

The Oxford School of Drama

In 2005 The Oxford School or Drama recognized act up’s passion and we were invited to run their Outreach Programme.

In 2010 and 2009

We ran workshops in Leicester and Oldham and in Swansea and Sheffield respectively.

In 2008 and 2007

We ran workshops in Plymouth & Leeds and in Tooting (South London) & Newcastle respectively.

In 2006 and 2005

We ran workshops in Nottingham & Manchester and in Birmingham & Leicester respectively.

It formed part of the overall outreach programme that all accredited drama schools in the UK took part in. It was funded by The Learning and Skills Council and its aim was to attract further people from BME communities into the industry. The scheme was so successful that Oxford was granted increased DADA awards, discretionary bursary awards for students entering the school.

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