In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will now be delivering socially distanced workshops. See below for further info.

Chain Reaction Youth Theatre - Newham & Tower Hamlets

Chain Reaction Youth Theatre (CRYT) is a user-led youth theatre for 11-18 year olds, giving young people the chance to devise their own performances and learn about theatre whilst building their confidence and communication skills. CRYT will be returning in the New Year at Miller’s House. Places are limited so get in touch for more info and to book a place!

Action4Gascoigne - Barking

Our youth action group Action4Gascoigne (A4G) is for 11-18 year olds living in Barking & Dagenham. A4G will be running face to face in February at the Gascoigne Community Centre in Barking. A4G gives young people the opportunity to make a difference to their community, meet new people and learn new skills. Places are limited so get in touch for more info and to book a place!

Girls Support Girls - Newham & Tower Hamlets

Our specially devised workshop programme Girls Support Girls (GSG) for young women aged 13-16 is coming to schools in Newham and Tower Hamlets very soon. GSG is delivered by our specialist practitioners, using creative methods to empower and educate young girls on a number of key issues. Keep your eyes peeled for updates on this fantastic programme!



 years of groundbreaking theatre and media projects.







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!


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. 


"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

 ’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 

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!






  • Engaged a total of 6,184 people in areas of high deprivation

  • Delivered 5 large scale creative projects that inspired, educated and upskilled participants

  • Involved 1,056 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 95% success rate on all our key performance indicators

  • Toured 1 professional educational theatre project

  • Worked in partnership with 36 schools and community venues in deprived areas

“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


 “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

“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

"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