Since 2000, we have establised 19 'Sheds' in the UK and two in Russia. These Sheds have been set up and trained by Chickenshed but then go to to run independently, linked to Chickenshed by a shared vision of inclusive practice and philosophy. We are always looking for organisations or consortiums of organisations to work with us to establish new 'Sheds' / inclusive community theatre groups.
Overall aim of each ShedLink Programme
To set up, through training, an exciting, vibrant, inclusive organisation comprising a Children’s Theatre group, (7 - 11 year olds), a Youth Theatre group (11 - 16 year olds) and an Adult Company (16+ years).
What it takes to set up a 'Shed'
Each ‘Shed’ is unique – created by Chickenshed with the support of the local community through a ‘Lead Organisation’. A Lead Organisation could be: a local authority or business who wish to regenerate a specific area, a primary and secondary schools looking to make stronger links, a group of parents wishing to make inclusion a priority for their community or an individual with the necessary vision and motivation to make things happen.
All of these models can and have led to the establishment of ‘Lead Organisations’. For all of these partners the ShedLink Programme becomes a catalyst for change, bringing inclusion, community cohesion and excellence in the performing arts.
The ‘Lead Organisation’ we work with must share our passionate belief in the right of every individual to have access to the performing arts and will recognise the tangible benefits that this can bring to the wider community.
The next essential is the ability to secure the funding so that we can begin to train local arts practitioners in the Chickenshed inclusive creative method. We are looking for positive, proactive ‘Lead Organisations’ in all areas.
Please complete the below application form for setting up your own 'Shed.'