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At Boundless Theatre we are inspired by an ever-changing, vibrant and increasingly connected world and the important role young people play within this.  Whether you become a Boundless Enthusiast or simply donate, the support you provide positively impacts on all our work in a vital way. We must fundraise at least a third of our income – over £100,000 every year – to deliver our artistic programme and realise our ambitions. This, combined with our Arts Council grant and box office income, allows us to invest in the most inspiring new artists and create the best new work with and for young people.

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Impact on artists

We believe that meaningful investment through longer-term support from page to stage in the most exciting, diverse new artists will keep pushing the boundaries of what theatre for young audiences can be.

 Associate Artists supported by Boundless Theatre have gone on to roles such as Artistic Director at the Gate Theatre and Associate Director (International) at the Royal Court. Glenn Waldron, writer of our current production, ‘Natives‘, has been supported by Boundless Theatre since 2013 with a full play commission and 2-year international mentoring support through the European Writer’s Lab. The quality of his latest script is testament to this impact of this longer-term support.
As a former editor of leading culture magazine i-D, features writer for New York Times, the Guardian and Vogue, and lecturer in journalism and pop culture, Glenn is fascinated by our audience. He turned his hand to playwriting when he “got bored by writing about trousers”. His journalistic skills transferred well to stage: “as a journalist you are dealing with dialogue and you develop quite an ear for how people talk”.
Boundless Theatre invited Glenn to take part in the European Writers’ Lab (part of the ‘Theatre Café Festival‘ funded by the European Union) providing access to mentoring by Rob Drummer and Teresa Ariosto, masterclasses with leading European playwrights, the translation of his work and direct engagement with 50+ young people from across Europe. Glenn is now well established as a playwright, with work having been performed in the UK, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands and the USA.
Continued support of £20,000 per year will enable us to invest in 2 new writers, providing a full length commission and the resources to develop this work directly with young people, ensuring it is relevant and exciting. Support of £2000 per year allows us to mentor a new Associate. With your help we can support the best new artists become industry leaders and create award-winning work for a young audience.
“Boundless have been absolutely fantastic in their support. As an emerging playwright, you have lots of great conversations with different theatres and theatre companies interested in producing your work but Boundless go much further than that and are actually prepared to take risks and invest in you as a writer. They’ve introduced me to young writers from across Europe, which has been inspiring and incredibly motivating. And throughout the process of creating ‘Natives’, they’ve inspired and encouraged me to create the most exciting and dynamic work possible – and to place young people at the heart of my writing.” – Glenn Waldron
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Impact on audiences

Your support allows us to reach new audiences across the UK and Europe. It allows us to create work that resonates with a target audience of diverse, globally-connected 15–25 years olds. This audience is often seen as ‘hard to reach’, but we believe they can and should be reached through work that is exciting, relevant and engaging whilst being accessible and affordable.

Your support will enable us to keep ticket prices affordable (average £10 tickets in 2015–16), and enhance the audience experience for audiences in the work on and off stage. It will help us achieve our ambition of making all our work accessible through BSL and Relaxed performances. It will enable us to tour further afield and take work to places young people spend time.

“I am quite speechless.  That was amazing.  So powerful.”

Audience member, ‘Nordost’

In a time of increasing nationalism and inward-focused politics across Europe, we believe it is more important than ever to give our audiences a connection to the wider world. Our work on and off stage creates dialogue and exchange across geographical and cultural divides. We need your support more than ever to ensure young people and artists continue to have the opportunity to experience the best European theatre, and to connect with their peers internationally.

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Impact on young people

We believe that theatre has the power to empower young people and inspire change on both an individual level and in a wider social context.  Your support will enable us to engage more young people and empower their diverse voices through workshops and projects both in and out of school.

Projects such as the International Youth Encounter offer life-changing experiences through direct engagement with young people from across Europe: “This opportunity to meet like-minded creative people from across Europe, to perform in a different country and be part of the first group of people to perform a new text was brilliant… …My time in Berlin was a time of self-discovery.” (Angela Legg on International Youth Encounter).

From the point of view of the students, it had a more profound effect than any other project.”

Lewisham Southwark College tutor

Projects such as the International Theatre Club, Commissioners and Creative Critics not only give young people across the UK direct access to leading European artists and plays but opportunities to directly influence and take ownership of our work.

Your support can enable us to extend the reach of these projects to more young people, engaging more schools and exploring new ways to empower our audiences.  Investment of £10,000 can support 100 young people in an extended project that can significantly increase their creative and critical skills.

“The experience has been life changing, not only for the children, but for the staff involved too.”

Headteacher at Battyeford School

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