Hello and welcome to our Crowdfunder page! We are extremely happy to introduce you to our new exciting community theatre projects in South London.
The Pen Theatre is a new theatre space situated in the Penarth Centre in South Bermondsey. It will be a tailor-made space for new emerging artists to develop and showcase their work, offering support to artists at any stage of their projects/careers.
We seek to support emerging artists and through our facilities, create an accessible theatre space that allows them to showcase their new work. We will be actively seeking new writing, and curating new art mediums, all of the political, social, and cultural interest of the community as well as reviving classic texts.
We hope that this will empower the next generation of artists and audiences and create new opportunities, particularly for those who come from low-income backgrounds. To further this, throughout the year we will be offering free rehearsal space to 8 artists/companies, enabling them to develop their work in these challenging times.
We are also in contact with and plan to work alongside local schools in South Bermondsey, giving them access to our mentor-ship program the PDP (Professional Development Program). The PDP is a community outreach project designed for students aged 16-20. Through a series of workshops and rehearsals, students will learn key skills to develop them as an artist. Our mentor-ship program will teach them the basics of acting, directing, and production culminating in a final 15-minute presentation of their work. Over the ten-week course, they will explore the work of different writers and practitioners and their impact on today's society. The course will be made up of 12 students who show a keen interest and natural flair for the arts.
We are keen to create as many paid jobs for people within the arts as possible. We will be creating a team of recently graduated stage managers and technicians to give them paid professional experience working in a theatre. Opening doors and helping them build their CV straight out of their training. This will also ensure that all of our artists are working with a professional team, helping them create their artistic vision to the highest standard.
The Pen Theatre will take up its tenancy in Unit 22 in the Penarth Centre from Autumn 2021. As we renovating the studio space, we plan to fully equip the theatre with soundproof walls, a complete LED lighting rig, sound systems, the latest programming software, and live streaming film cameras. We will also be creating a front-of-house area for performers and writers to network with industry professionals and audiences to relax before and after performances.
But in order to make this a reality, we are in need of your support. Any contribution will help us to create this community space and ensure that the next generation of artists are supported in these turbulent times. Please give your support today and help us to #savethearts!
We look forward to welcoming you to The Pen soon!
Holly & MJ
Co-Founders of The Pen