Celebrating

25

 years of groundbreaking theatre and media projects.

 

 

 

 

 

"What Chain Reaction did in

ten minutes is more than I could have done in a whole hour's presentation. In terms of getting the message across [...] and engaging the audience, it was perfect."

Jane Brown, Diversity Manager, London Borough of Waltham Forest

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So, introductions over, who on earth are we...?

Essentially, we're a fun, friendly and dynamic organisation that uses theatre, media and music as a basis for educating and inspiring young people (and adults) to make positive choices about the issues that really affect them. Simple, really!

 

WHAT'S HAPPENING...
 
And what do we do?

Lots of things! You’re pretty likely to find us performing in schools using our exciting original educational theatre shows and further resources to help pupils get to know the real facts about drugs. Or maybe we’ll be surrounded by excited young people whilst running free multimedia holiday workshops addressing teenage pregnancy in a disadvantaged community.

But equally we might be shooting a training video for a corporate client about customer service, or even performing one of our highly acclaimed adult musical comedy shows to audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe. Who knows what we’ll do next?!

But one thing you can be sure of is that our skilled, streetwise team will always be using theatre to ignite change in our audiences so that they can face today’s challenges head-on and have happy, healthy and successful futures. Since 1994 we've thrived to become a successful, award-winning and much-loved professional organisation that’s respected as being at the forefront of theatre in London and beyond. 

 

Our FREE youth action group Action4Gascoigne runs every Thursday from 5pm - 6:30pm at Gascoigne Youth & Community Centre for 11-18 year olds. To make a difference to your community and have lots of fun planning big events. Get in touch to book your place.

What do we believe in?

As well as being engaging, fun and highly entertaining (and it’s not just us who says that!) all our work is grounded in our five main aims of:

  • Tackling health and social issues

  • Promoting informed choice

  • Encouraging self-esteem

  • Building self-confidence

  • Respecting individuality

By touching people’s feelings (as well as their funny bones!) we make sure that our important lessons are enjoyed and remembered, making a lasting, positive impression. 

 

 

 

So. . . What next? 

Well, so far we’ve reached over 408,000 people across the UK. We’ve worked with some great clients and partners including; the NSPCC, the Police, Department of Health, Lloyds TSB, Criminal Justice Bureau, Fords, JP Morgan and Sainsbury’s. Now we’re hoping that after a little look around our fresh new website, you’ll be next – we’re very much looking forward to meeting you and finding out how we can help!

 

 

 

 

Action4Gascoigne - Barking

Chain Reaction Youth Theatre - Newham & Tower Hamlets

Chain Reaction Youth Theatre is back in 2020. A FREE weekly group for 11-18 year olds from Newham and Tower Hamlets. Delivered by our team of specialist drama practitioners  it provides an opportunity to learn more about drama, explore community issues, devise theatre and perform shows whilst building confidence, and self-esteem.

Girls Support Girls - Barking & Dagenham

After a successful pilot of Girls Support Girls (GSG), we are pleased to announce we will be delivering the programme to new schools from February 2020! GSG is a specially devised programme for young women aged 13-16. Using drama-based methods, we explore aspirations, individuality, positive relationships and

sexual and mental health.

“What Chain Reaction did in ten minutes is more than I could have done in a whole hour’s presentation. In terms of getting the message across… and engaging the audience, it was perfect!”

Jane Brown, Diversity Manager, London Borough of Waltham Forest

OUR IMPACT IN THE PAST YEAR:

  • Engaged a total of 9,315 people in areas of high deprivation

  • Delivered 7 large scale creative projects that inspired, educated and upskilled participants

  • Involved 162 young people in intensive issue-based drama and media workshops

  • Informed young people on key social issues with 92% of participants learning something new

  • Achieved an average 97% success rate on all our key performance indicators

  • Toured 2 professional educational theatre projects

  • Worked in partnership with 39 schools and community venues in deprived areas

“I absolutely loved it

and if I recorded it I would watch it again and again!”

Pupil, Marian Vian

Primary School,

London Borough of Bromley

 ’Brilliant just keeps coming

into my head’, says one of the

health promotion specialists, searching for new adjectives to praise the work of Chain Reaction Theatre Company. Featured in this magazine a couple of years back, this company is now well respected nationally.”

ninety-five per cent magazine,

Issue No. 26 

 

 “Yet again a wonderful show enjoyed

by all! Year in year out, we at

Latymer All Saints have enjoyed the show,

the children have learnt so much knowledge and understanding of different concepts. The lesson plans were invaluable in giving our children prior knowledge and understanding before they actually watched the show.

Thank you once again for a brilliant show”

Julia Christou, Head of PSHEE,

Latymer All Saints C of E School,

London Borough of Enfield

"Thank you for a terrific monitoring report for our grant - and for the good work too! It's good to hear that Chain Reaction is reaching new audiences and delivering good work. Keep it up!"

Ciaran Rafferty

Principal Grants Officer

The City Bridge Trust

 

"Pretty Please is easily one of the

funniest, fluffiest concoctions to appear

in a long time... [A] lovingly crafted…

hysterical, tawdry tale and thanks to

brilliantly comic performances, the whole is reminiscent of the League of Gentlemen

with lip gloss... the aching sincerity of

the performances... really make this

a great show with all the ingredients of

a cult classic."

The Stage