Growing Creative Roots

1 August 2018

Creative Roots is a week of free workshops run by Theatre Centre exploring writing, devising, directing, acting and improvisation for young people interested in forging a career in the arts.

Designed to address the decreasing diversity within the professional arts sector and the scarcity of career guidance, Creative Roots provides information on training and education in the arts. Taking participants beyond the classroom and outside the constraints of exam requirements the project gives young people a better sense of what a career in the arts might look like and the mutliplicity of skill sets involved. 

This year 13 young people aged 16-19 participated in the project, run in partnership with Harrow Arts Centre.

Over the course of the week the group took part in sessions facilitated by leading practitioners including Mem Morrison, Rebecca Hamilton, Lucy Curtis, Shereen Jasmin Philips and Anthony Ekundayo Lennon. Each session focused on a different aspect of theatre, challenging the participants to try something new and go beyond their comfort zone.

Each participant had the opportunity to learn a new craft, share knowledge and receive bespoke guidance on their career aspirations. The project was designed to address the decreasing diversity represented in the professional arts sector and the scarcity of career guidance providing information on training and education in the arts.

At the end of the week participants shared what they had been working on with an invited group and reflected on what they’d learned:

“It’s been so different to school where everyone just sees drama as a subject, or something to get through, here it’s like everyone really wants to give their ideas and come up with ideas as a company and as a group.”

“Drama is such an amazing thing to bring into other subjects, the confidence that it’s given me and the way it’s expanded my ability to write has been brilliant”

“I've realised that being an actor doesn’t just mean you have to act, you can write on the side and being well-rounded is really important”

“The thing that I was really scared about in the performing arts industry is that if you never have a ‘big break’ then you’ll never make it, or be successful or make an income. I thought it was all down to luck and getting a lucky break but I’ve been reassured that if you’re willing to work hard and willing to put yourself out there, it’s not a matter of luck.”

“I’ve realised that all the disciplines intertwine and you can put your skills from acting into directing and writing and it really opens your mind up to new ideas.”

“I’ve learned that so long as you’re willing to try and willing to give it a go then that’s the most important thing.”

“I didn’t think I liked writing, but the way the class was introduced, it was very open and we could write about anything we wanted to write, so it was completely different to school and really helped me discover I actually liked it all along!”

“Everyone was really nice and really supportive, you knew no one would judge you for what you had to share.”