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Soho Theatre’s theatre, comedy and cabaret programming, Labs programme and education and community projects benefit people of all ages across London and nationally. We have a particular focus on attracting new audiences to the theatre, particularly young people, and people of all ages who have a disability or are from disadvantaged backgrounds with limited access to the arts.
Over the past decade, Soho Theatre has established strong connections with Waltham Forest, delivering workshops in local schools, colleges, youth, and other community groups across the borough.
Soho Theatre’s community outreach work in Walthamstow is overseen by Jessica Draper, Soho Theatre’s Head of Creative Engagement.
Jess works alongside a cracking team of educators, artists and creative community experts, including Jules Haworth, Soho’s Creative Learning Producer, aka Waltham Forest Cat Lady; Shazad Khalid, Community Engagement Officer; Dimple Pau, Creative Learning Coordinator; and the Creative Assistants Annagh Drake and Takiyah Kamaria.
While we work on the building restoration and towards opening it next year, the team has been busy working all across the borough meeting with community groups, schools and charities. Together, they’re exploring all the ways they can work closely to offer the best arts and education opportunities, as well as finding out how can best to improve the lives of Waltham Forest residents.
You can check our current schools’ offers Young Playwrights and Theatremakers on the next pages.
And if you’d like to chat to us about what’s going on, please feel free to contact us.