Hackney Shed is an inclusive theatre group in Hackney for young people aged 7-19. We have 3 weekly groups and run regular outreach and partnership workshops and masterclasses. During the course of a year Hackney Shed works with over 200 children, young people and volunteers as part of our activities. Many of our participants do not have the opportunity to access this kind of creative theatre work any other way, either because their physical or learning needs would not be accommodated, or because of financial barriers.
Hackney Shed offers a safe inclusive environment for young people with and without special needs to come together, have fun, make theatre and meet new people.
Our approach breaks down misunderstanding and develops strong bonds between young people with vastly mixed abilities. We teach our members to explore their imagination, characterisation and creative use of language, as well as fostering speaking and listening skills, which will support them in everyday life. All of our activities engage people with disabilities and additional needs in a creative and positive way. By engaging them at a young age we are helping to prepare them for life ahead. As well as offering activities for children and young people, our group is also a way for parents of children with special needs to connect, share experiences and support each other.