As part of membership of Project Theatre (incorporating Inov8 Dance Theatre, Collective, Summer Drama, Creative Learning and other projects managed by Project Theatre) all members, parents/guardians and all volunteers and staff agree to work within our policies which are in place to ensure the health and safety, wellbeing and happiness of everyone and to ensure the charity meets its aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for everyone to learn and enjoy performing arts.
Everyone has the ability to shine on stage and we like to give everyone that chance to shine! Positive Performance is the way we achieve this so that everyone can Perform to their Potential!
What is Positive Performance
Positive Performance, conceived by our Founder, is the empowerment approach that Project Theatre takes in all the work we do.
“Positive Performance is the real and active way in which we are doing the work we do to help make performing arts more open, fair and fun for everyone involved regardless of ability or experience.”
Jamie O’Rourke, Artistic Director & Founder
What we believe:
We believe performance should always be a positive force for everyone involved and create positive, innovative, open opportunities and conditions rather than being discriminatory, difficult to access, material or financially focused and non-progressive.
How does Positive Performance work as an Empowerment Approach?
Allows young people the space and the inspiration to create their own art and to have fun doing it
Empowers young people to make their own decisions and be responsible for their own actions
Encourages people to overcome the geographic or social barriers that might stop them from taking part
Increases young people’s self-esteem, knowledge and skills
Provides opportunities for young people to develop their social networks in safe and friendly environment
Provides opportunities for everyone to access high quality performances and creative activities
Works with other local partners to maximise our contribution to the regeneration of the area
Promotes good training, professional development and sharing best practice
Why do we believe in Positive Performance?
We believe that by empowering young people we will help make them more confident, ambitious young people. This helps our members to become more active citizens and through this we improve the communities we work with.
We also believe that the arts provide an outlet for fun, laughter and enjoyment. They celebrate identity and diversity and provide a platform to explore complex issues.
We value the importance of artistic quality and work with experienced artists. We empower our staff and our volunteers so that they feel they are working in a safe and supportive environment where they can increase their skills and enjoy their work.
What we do to achieve Positive Performance:
Ensuring access into Project Theatre is not restricted on the basis of ability, age or experience through:
No unnecessary auditions or screening / filtering processes
Broad Membership Age Range of 7-18yrs
No strict geographic area limit
Volunteers are welcome from 14 upwards and are trained by us
Ensuring Involvement in Project Theatre is not restricted on the basis of financial requirements:
Minimal Annual Membership Fee
Lowest Rates for Workshops and Productions compared to other similar theatre organisations offering similar services
Costs are reduced due to funding, grants and ticket sales contributing to costs and not organisation profit
Ensuring the work we do is upto date, innovative and relevant to those involved:
Members have input into workshop, event and production ideas and event structure
We regularly take written, online and oral feedback from members and audiences and record and present this publicly
We use techniques and ideas used by contemporary national and international youth theatre organisations and theatre and performing arts specialists
We believe in contemporary and collaborative ways of working and using devised, outdoor and other forms of theatre and creative arts as well as traditional work
We are more interested in the development of each individual child’s potential, confidence, experience and talent rather than:
Façade quality of productions
Competitiveness with other organisations
Amount of members
Finances generated from projects
As part of Positive Performance and our working with young people Project Theatre implements an anti-bullying policy and we support organisations like Bullying UK who provide advice and support to stop bullying in the UK.
Project Theatre has a growing membership of young people. Through their involvement in a diverse programme, exploring all aspects of theatre and performance, we support and resource their experience of quality children’s and youth theatre.
We are committed to providing an environment where every participant can feel welcome, valued and effective.
We believe that every person who joins our company positively changes the way that we work. The Creative Team and Management Committee work together to ensure that the programme reflects and develops each member who is part of it. This process of evaluating the strength of every individual and then finding the creative environment that will allow their contribution to be productive is core to our inclusive creative method. It is the reason we are able to open up our creative process to ‘everyone’.
Through our workshop and performance programme we aim to reflect the unique abilities, opinions and aspirations of our membership and the communities they are a part of.
We aim to give our members a genuine ownership of the work they are part of throughout the company. They get the opportunity to feed their thoughts and ideas into the running of Project Theatre through a range of forum and evaluation processes. The production work that they are part of will always involve a devising process where projects and characters are interpreted through the interaction of cast members and directors. This process creates informed and confident performers.
We aim to foster new and transferable skills within our membership as they develop through our inclusive theatre process.
By creating an environment where every individual’s contribution is valued and celebrated, and combining this with a method of work that aims for excellence, our membership develop leadership and communication skills that enable them to contribute positively in other areas of their lives.
They understand the value of engaging positively with all their peers if they themselves want to achieve. They are able to appreciate that contributions can be made in a variety of less conventional (but not less effective) ways. This enables them in turn to consider their own contributions and assess whether they too could broaden and develop their existing approaches and potential.
We look for opportunities to engage in collaborative projects with organisations both locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
We are aware of the valuable contributors that our members are as ambassadors both of our performance work and for the process that they are part of. They have an understanding of this that reflects its relevance in a wider society. Their experience of collaborative projects will add to the new thoughts and approaches for the future of our company and other network organisations.
Equality & Diversity
Project Theatre is committed to promoting equal opportunities and valuing the benefits of diversity and social inclusion in everything we do.
Our challenge is to promote an environment within which we can utilise the widest range of knowledge, skills and experience as well as ensuring compliance with the relevant legislation and codes of practice.
We believe that a diverse staff and member team adds value to any organisation and for our organisation; we genuinely believe that this makes it a place where people want to work and learn.
A message from our Founder -
Project Theatre has always been different. A different kind of company with a different view of the world. It’s a special place where we have the opportunity to create the best productions and projects possible — projects that change lives and help shape the future. It’s a privilege we hold dear.
Diversity is critical to innovation and it is essential to Project Theatre’s future. We aspire to do more than just make our company as diverse as the talent available. We must address the broad underlying challenges, offer new opportunities, and create a future generation of performance makers as diverse as the world around us. We also aspire to make a difference beyond Project Theatre.
This means fostering diversity not just at Project Theatre but throughout our entire community, from the audience we welcome to our shows to the staff and volunteers we work with. We are committed to advancing inclusion and diversity across Project Theatre and the communities we’re a part of.
We want every person who joins our team, every audience visiting our shows or parents calling for support and information to feel welcome. We believe in equality for everyone, regardless of race, age, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.
That applies throughout our company with no exceptions.
We’re working hard to expand our recruiting efforts so we continue to work with talented people from groups that are currently underrepresented in our sector and community. We’re supporting education with programs like the Youth Scotland / ASDAN Youth Achievement Awards, Saltire Awards and Arts Awards coming soon to help students currently at school and about to leave to move into further or higher education, training or employment.
We are proud of the progress we’ve made, and our commitment to diversity is unwavering.
But we know there is a lot more work to be done.