Who Are We?
Founded in 2006, Peer Productions is an award winning youth arts charity specialising in combining high quality arts practice with peer education. Each year we reach 15,000 young people across the South East of England, enabling them to change the way they think and to make positive life choices. Our work is made with, by and for young people and focuses on three interlinked strands of Identity, Crime Prevention and Health.
We have developed a unique approach whereby young people are at the centre of every stage of the creative process. We use peer education and theatre to empower three separate groups of beneficiaries: young peer educators, disadvantaged project participants and young audience members.
What do we do?
1. We offer a one year free actor development programme for young people (aged 17 – 23 years) to train as actors and peer educators. We empower them to deliver high quality arts projects in the community and forge a career in the arts industry. 90% of our graduates move on HE/related work within 12 months of completion.
2. We create and tour original educational plays to schools and youth settings which tackle the issues that matter most to young people. To date, these have included eating disorders, homophobia, alcohol misuse, sex and relationships, and mental health issues. We have excellent relationships with a large number of schools, with many booking our work every year as an integral part of their programme. Feedback includes “I did want to be a teenage mum but watching this play has made me think differently.” - Year 10 student.
3. We deliver drama outreach projects for disadvantaged young people, using creativity as a tool to enable them to achieve their full potential and make positive life choices. Groups we have worked with include young carers, young parents, learning disabled young people, adults with mental health issues, and homeless young people.
- To create thought provoking, lively, engaging and relevant work to inspire young audiences.
- To enable young people to develop as the artists and citizens of the future.
- To provide a creative space for young and emerging artists to develop with work.
- To ensure that this work touches as many young lives as possible.
- To develop sustainable growth for the organisation.
- To be the pioneering organisation in the combination of peer education and theatre.
- To re-imagine theatre in education in the UK and beyond.