A new programme from Norwich Theatre works with often underrepresented children who may face challenges daily and often feel isolated or anxious as a result. Theatre of Possibility celebrates creativity in any form as a powerful tool as it offers a space to express feelings, find a sense of play and connect to a community.

Theatre of Possibility practitioner Natalya Martin-Owen said: “Getting creative not only is fun and brings us joy, but it allows us to think big, be curious and make friendships. Creativity permits us to take risks, try new things and opens us up to whole new worlds we could only imagine.” 

Constraints on the curriculum mean that formal education does not often allow for different ways of expression. Disabled young people face additional barriers. Theatre of Possibility seeks to address this balance and offers creativity and drama workshops for those who need it most. 

Eastern Daily Press: Norwich Theatre creative engagement project manager Elspeth HunterNorwich Theatre creative engagement project manager Elspeth Hunter (Image: Alex Rimell)

Creative engagement project manager Elspeth Hunter said: “At Norwich Theatre, we believe that theatre has the power to support positive change and significantly boost people’s wellbeing. Theatre provides a safe space for people to have fun and explore their creativity.

"Theatre of Possibility will adapt to where the need is greatest – for example, young carers, autistic children or refugees. The workshops will be tailored to each individual group’s needs but will always offer fun and creativity at their core.”  

The theatre provides interactive workshops that use playful drama games and theatre skills to enable children to work together and inspire creativity in an inclusive, friendly and supportive space.

Natalya added: “We hope children come away from each session feeling empowered and curious about the world and feel a little more confident in their day-to-day life.” 

The full programme of Theatre of Possibility supporting autistic children will commence in the New Year. If you know a budding writer, performer or creative who would like to get involved, please email takepart@norwichtheatre.org