Latest News Beat Blue Monday Beat Blue Monday! Today is Blue Monday which is calculated to be the gloomiest day of the year. Well, we're fighting back! We've done a few calculations ourselves - and they're guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Last year: We welcomed 700 young people to Chickenshed Young Company 28 students graduated from our BA (Hons) in Inclusive Performance, 31 from our BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts and 23 from our Foundation Degree in Inclusive Performance. 88 students enrolled to begin their studies at Chickenshed – an average of 66% of the young people we welcome would not meet the criteria to study elsewhere, yet with Chickenshed 95% will receive a nationally recognised qualification. Chickenshed offered free vocational training to over 100 young people as part of our Young Creators programme. We worked with over 2,000 children at risk of social exclusion through completing outreach projects in schools, prisons, pupil referral units, children’s centres, libraries, hospitals and hospices. Our Christmas production A Christmas Carol had 59 performances and boasted a cast of 800. Every single performance integrated British Sign Language. 199 people who bought tickets for A Christmas Carol told us they could access performances because of the inclusion of BSL through sign-interpretation. 6 schools who teach children with hearing impediments were provided with fully or partly subsidised tickets for A Christmas Carol. Chickenshed reached 58 children who were affected by the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower with our Oxford Gardens outreach project. The project culminated in an empowering performance at The Playground Theatre. See? It's not all doom and gloom.