Intermission Youth helps transform the lives of disadvantaged 16-25 year olds who are predominantly from ethnic minority communities in Greater London, by helping them make positive choices, become the best version of themselves and reach their full potential. Often living in deprivation, lacking in opportunity and surrounded by negative environments, they experience high levels of anti-social behaviour, family breakdown, dependency, mental health/well-being issues and criminality.
Intermission Youth is a member of the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, a partner of the RSC’s Associate Schools programme, a partner in LAMDA Pathways Partnership and a member of RADA’s Widening Participation scheme.
Youth Theatre Programme
Our Youth Theatre programme (IYT) takes around 30 young people on a 10-month drama, film and mentoring programme, which builds confidence, increases life-skills and encourages self-expression in a safe environment. For 13 years, IYT has been using theatre and Shakespeare as a vehicle for change, successfully transforming young people’s perceptions, empowering them to be ambitious.
Through support and mentoring, we raise their aspirations and self-belief. Many have gone on to study at leading drama schools and perform with major theatre companies, in TV, commercials and films. Others have gone on to further education, training, employment and used their skills to make a positive impact in their community.
Community Engagement Programme
Our Community Engagement programme takes our work into schools, pupil referral units, young offender institutions and prisons. The team includes IYT members and graduates who co-facilitate and help lead drama, theatre games, peer-to-peer conversations and workshops.
Our Graduate programme offers professional and continuing personal development opportunities for youth theatre graduates to enhance their performance, production and life skills, as well as providing a forum for exploring the transformative power of theatre and film, and challenging representation of ethnic minorities within the theatre, TV and film industries.