Ignite Theatre is a Glasgow based charity founded in 2010 by writer/director Aileen Ritchie and a group of young Asylum Seekers & Refugees eager to make cultural connections with the wider community and to share their stories.
Working with over 70 young people on a regular weekly basis, and over 100 annually, Ignite supports members throughout their formative years, nurturing integration and tackling social isolation. Ignite is free, inclusive and person centred. With members interested in sharing challenging stories, our artistic ambitions are high.
production shot from True Colours © Robin Mitchell
Ignite brings together a diverse community of young people from across the globe aged 6 – 24 who live in some of Glasgow’s most socially deprived areas. Ignite offers free weekly drama workshops through 4 programmes, across 3 age groups and creates innovative theatre projects for public presentation. Our target participants are young people facing complex challenges in life. We receive referrals from among others: the Scottish Refugee Council; Care Leaving Services; local ASN schools; and NHS mental health project Compass. Ignite provides members with a safe environment in which they can fulfil their creative potential, develop confidence, forge new friendships and build their life skills to give them a better chance of achieving their goals.
production shot from No Logo © Robin Mitchell
Currently in receipt of 3 years funding from BBC Children in Need to support the delivery of our core workshop programme, we are seeking additional funds of £10k to support the administration of that programme and to support our participation in Refugee Festival Scotland 2016 with 3 new shows: 'You + Me, Us + Them' by Seniors; 'Children of the Jungle' by Intermediates; and 'Celebration' by Juniors. Our public performances of new work as part of Refugee Festival Scotland are an important annual focus for the company, bringing together wider networks of family & friends, and bringing our members’ stories to new audiences.
publicity shot for Judge or be Judged © Robin Mitchell
Ignite Theatre is living proof of how Asylum Seekers & Refugees can enrich a community; hundreds of young people of all backgrounds have benefited from being Ignite members, sharing their stories with thousands of people.
For a further sense of what Ignite is about, follow this link to BBC Arts to see a short film made about our Seniors group last year as part of the BBC’s Theatre and Refugees season (curated by Vicky Featherstone) or visit our website.
audience discussion for True Colours at Refugee Festival Scotland © Robin Mitchell