Season 4 – The School of Hope

The School of Hope

> What do you hope for the future?

> What matters to you right now?

This summer, The Paper Birds and Theatre Centre invite you to connect with other young makers to experiment and explore what hope and empathy mean to us today.  

Over two weeks in August we’ll change the game, write our own rules and shape our own futures. 

In week One, we’ll journey through 5 SkillShare workshops to creatively unpack what ‘hope’ and ‘empathy’ look, sound and feel like. Week Two will see us collaborating to create a piece of performance. 

Join us to explore your creativity, learn new skills, and meet young people like you who are up for shaping the world around us. 

“I had the opportunity of meeting an inspiring and wonderful group of people” – Future Maker

About You

You might enjoy writing, performing, dancing, singing, making music or films, vlogging, photography or simply exploring creativity with others. Bring your skills and discover new ones in this FREE summer project.  

Aged 16 – 19 and live in Lewisham?  


Project Schedule

Week 1: 16 – 20 Aug, 10:00am – 1:00pm – Focus on SkillSharing sessions 

Week 2: 23 – 26 Aug, 10:00am – 1:00pm & 27 Aug 10:00am – 4:00pm – Focus on creating and sharing a piece of performance 

All sessions will take place in person from Monday 16 August – Friday 27 August as long as Covid restrictions allow.

Want to find out more before applying?

We’d love to tell you more and answer your questions, so come along to our ‘Drop in’ Zoom session on Wednesday 14 July, 4pm. Sign up HERE and we’ll send you a link to join the Zoom call.  

You can DM us any questions on Theatre Centre’s Instagram @theatrecentre  

or email Joe at 

This project is part of a larger international arts programme led by The Paper Birds exploring empathy. Several hundred young people from the UK, Canada, Indonesia, Belgium and the USA will connect, create artworks and develop manifestos of hope. The School of Hope will culminate in the creation of short film platforming young people’s artworks, their opinions about empathy in the world today, as well as their visions for the future, which will premiere this autumn. 

How to Apply

Please send your application through our portal HERE. The questions you’ll be asked are listed below and it should take you around 20 minutes to complete. We know writing answers doesn’t work for everyone so please send your answers in whatever way works for you – could be written, or a short video, or an audio recording etc. You can upload your video or other format in our application portal.   


We will use this information when we contact you and to help us plan how best to support any access requirements you have. 

  • Your name 
  • Your pronouns 
  • Your date of birth
  • Your phone number 
  • Your email 
  • Your postcode  
  • Do you identify as D/deaf/disabled? 
  • Please let us know if you have any access needs for the project e.g. BSL. 
  • Where did you hear about this opportunity? 
  1. Tell us about a piece of content you have seen recently that had an impact on you 

This might have been a TikTok video, an image on Instagram, an advertisement, a piece of art or local graffiti, it’s up to you what you tell us about. We are interested in knowing more about you as a creative individual, what excites and motivates you.  

  1. What does ‘hope’ mean to you? 

We’re interested in what you think of when you hear the word ‘hope’. There are no wrong answers, we just want to know more about what this powerful word means to you as an individual. 

Your data will be held by The Paper Birds and Theatre Centre in line with GDPR guidelines. We understand how important it is to protect your privacy.  

You can read more about The Paper Birds Privacy Notice here. 

You can read more about Theatre Centre’s Privacy Notice here. 

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