Participation

Indigenous Peruvian dance at Bethnal Green Academy - Origins 2015

Border Crossings is dedicated to developing new audiences for intercultural theatre. Every Border Crossings project is accompanied by an innovative and high-quality programme of Participation and Learning.  This aspect of Border Crossings’ work is important to the organisation’s social and political impact in the broadest sense, and has engaged directly with a broad range of communities; for example LGBT people from Asian backgrounds, and the refugee communities in the South-West.  There is an emphasis on youth and on minority communities, with the aim of involving more people in theatre and the debates which it engenders, developing a broad and diverse future audience.

Our work opens people’s eyes to other people’s views and experiences. It challenges stereotypes and provides a platform for discussing difficult subjects thus promoting social inclusion, equality and tolerance through creativity and innovation. Our work is a tangible platform of discovery about ourselves and about others.
Recent projects include:

  • 2016 - The Red Balloon - devising project for diverse and disabled young people at Chickenshed Theatre.
  • 2015-16 - extensive work with refugee groups, including CARAS, South London Refugee Centre and the British Red Cross.
  • 2015 - Hidden Histories - heritage project around indigenous presence in London, expanding the Oral History archive on the Origins project site, and creating a new documentary film (supported by the Heritage Lottery fund).  Included work with schools and community volunteers.
  • 2014 - Dreams and Shadows project with Muslim women's groups.
  • 2013 - Day of the Dead project for Origins 2013, working with Latin American communities and young people in schools.
  • 2013 - Intercult - a theatre-making project with four ethnically diverse groups of young people from across London. 
  • 2013 - Workshops with Chinese students in Shanghai and Ningbo.
  • 2012 - Division - a production with Theatre Royal Plymouth's project with young refugees, Dare to be Different.
  • 2011 - Origins - Heritage of First Nations - an extensive project with the UK's Maori community and young people in schools, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of Origins 2011.  Click here for the dedicated website.
  • 2010 - Workshops with Chinese students in Shanghai and Ningbo.
  • 2010 - Workshop for artists in Botswana, supported by the British Council.
  • 2009 - O Patrin - a co-production with Romany Theatre Company, touring schools as part of Origins 2009. Click here for education pack.
  • 2008 - Border Crossings collaborated with Aduna to offer training programmes to African artists living in London.
  • 2005 - as part of Patti Smith's Meltdown Festival on the South Bank, Border Crossings Education collaborated with South Bank Centre Education, Hyperjam and Lilian Baylis Technology School, Lambeth to present Uniforms and Hoodies, a multi-media presentation about injustice.