HighRise are a theatre collective who seek to spark conversation and build bridges between forgotten communities by representing the rhythm of the streets. Their core aim is to use inner-city memories, culture and music to give the unheard a voice through theatre.
As well as creating acclaimed shows and experiences, HighRise have a foot in several communities across London, where their work with and for disaffected young people has bred positivity, inclusivity and creativity. HighRise’s productions are informed by an ongoing, active research with these young people. The company has a working cycle of listening and creating. They listen to the young people they work with and use what they learn to spark the creation of groundbreaking theatre.
With artsdepot, HighRise is delivering four bespoke creative learning projects, each with a partner organisation that supports vulnerable young people who experience issues with access and inclusion. Each project will be specifically designed to promote positive engagement with theatre and music, introducing young people to HighRise’s methodology of creating relevant and exciting work. HighRise is working with partners The Pavillion, Oak Hill School, 4Front and Youth Realities.
Some of the young people will be offered the opportunity to get involved with NewGen’s - HighRise Theatre’s associate young company. NewGens was launched at the beginning of 2020 and provides a safe, creative space for young, multi-disciplinary artists aged 16-25, facing access issues into theatre and the arts. NewGens create, perform and receive mentoring, offering guidance and pathways into jobs and further education across the arts sector including support with audition technique and opportunities to see shows across London. Previous alumni of HighRise’s NewGens programme are now training at RADA, LAMDA, Guildhall & Royal Welsh and can already be seen in Film & TV.
In addition, five young people will be selected across the four projects to go on to paid, creative work placements where they will gain hands-on experience of working in the theatre industry, support to explore further career pathways in the creative industries, experience arts events and work towards an Arts Award qualification.