Volunteering Story of the Month - Max and Helen

Max first came across Chickenshed after he moved to New Barnet in 1986. He came to watch a Chickenshed performance and was deeply impressed by the inclusion he saw on stage. Over 30 years later both he and his wife Helen continue to volunteer for Chickenshed. Read more

Smells Like Teen Spirit!

It smells like teen spirit! Feel the Love lands again at Chickenshed this week with a cast of over 200 young people exploring what it is to love and be loved. It has been three years since Feel the Love was first performed, and since then, these themes have been revisited and refreshed by a Youth Theatre with a voice that’s louder than ever before with many contributors returning to the Young Company fold to support and develop new members and new voices. Rufus Walkden talks to us about retu Read more

Itchy, Scratchy, Summer Nights!

Chickenshed Young Company is always looking for ways to expand creatively and to introduce new young people to our projects and unique way of working. This summer we have three brilliant workshops for 11-17 year olds (the Youth Theatre age group of our Young Company) to take part in. Read more

Snow White Writers Room

Our Artistic Director Lou Stein is currently working with a small group of students and Young Company members to develop a new adaptation of Snow White. The sessions have been creative, imaginative and inspiring. Every fortnight, on a Thursday afternoon, ideas for themes, story and characters are being explored. Read more

Volunteering Story of the Month - Anna Landi

Anna has been volunteering for Chickenshed Kensington & Chelsea since 2012. Anna says that her experience with Chickenshed has helped her grow as not only an arts practitioner but as a person. Read more

Plusnet Plays on the Internet

We are delighted to have collaborated with Plusnet, Internet Matters and children’s author Konnie Huq to create Plusnet Plays on the Internet. These three plays tackle the important issue of internet safety through theatre and were devised to help parents ensure that they have the tools to talk to their children about staying safe online. Read more

Leaping off the Edge of the Chalk Pit

From the very first Stig of the Dump workshop with our Children’s Theatre in 2016, to the first run of the production as part of Chickenshed Young Company’s New Routes Festival in 2018, this project has grown through the guidance and leadership of Chickenshed’s young people. And now, in 2019, this production is helping us define our youth guided approach when making work with children. Read more

Chickenshed wins Silver in Charity Film Awards!

On Friday 26 April Chickenshed attended the 2019 Charity Film Awards ceremony after being selected as finalists. The awards celebrate the very best films that have been created for registered charities and CICs within the UK. Hosted by the wonderful Sally Phillips, the evening was electrifying. Nearly 400 charities enter each year, so we are over the moon to have won the silver award with our inspiring short film I Am Michael as part of the We Are Chickenshed series. Read more

The London Marathon: 26 Miles in 26 Pairs of Shoes

Yesterday marked one of the greatest days in British sport and one of the largest annual fundraising events in the world - the 39th running of The Virgin Money London Marathon. Over 40,000 people took part in the marathon, and 26 of those amazing people were part of Team Chickenshed. Read more

Chickenshed's First Young Company Associates

Ellie Kettleton reflects on her and Sophie Escobar’s journey to becoming Chickenshed’s first Young Company Associates. Read more

Young Company: Reaching Out

Matthew Lyons, Head of Young Company reflects on the importance and benefits of reaching out to new theatre companies and audiences. Contacts, wherever they are first formed, are so important for the development of Chickenshed Young Company. We are always looking for opportunities to bring new people in to see our work. This month we took (L)able to the Battersea Arts Centre as part of the Occupy Festival where we performed alongside Chickenshed Kensington & Chelsea's Youth Theatre Read more

Liz Abulafia: 100% Chance of Reflection

During the past two years, Chickenshed's Spring Shows have been tackling sensitive and topical issues which have an urgency about them. This year, with 100% Chance of Rain, we tackle one of the most urgent and pervasive issues of our time: mental health amongst young people. We are encouraging our audiences to engage with the content of the show on Twitter. We want to hear your thoughts on this topic, because the conversation should not end when the show does. Read more