Recent and Ongoing LT Initiatives around the UK
Greater Manchester Homelessness Prevention Strategy, 2020-2021
A yearlong Legislative Theatre initiative dedicated to co-creating the inaugural 5 year GM Homelessness Prevention Strategy with municipal authorities, community groups and service providers. This effort prioritized grassroots leadership, through facilitation training with residents with experience of homelessness, who worked alongside 35 community participants to develop 4 plays that were presented in a digital / in-person hybrid during the Covid pandemic.
Read the policy proposals and meet the facilitators here.
Glasgow Democracy Pioneers: Youth-Led Climate Change, 2021
A winner of the NESTA Democracy Pioneers award, this collaboration with Glasgow City Council and Shared Future CIC tackled the climate crisis through a legislative theatre process led by young people from Glasgow Disability Alliance and Young Movers. The project targeted the Council's climate, transport and city development strategies, as well as the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Nov 2021. Read more from Gulbenkian Foundation's evaluation on public engagement at COP26.
Shelter Fair Housing Futures, 2021
Working with Nationwide Foundation, tenants in the private rental sector developed a play about challenges with landlords, lack of repairs, and other issues. The performance led the Nationwide Foundation to commit funds to pilot programs proposed by the audience. Watch the full event.
Union Chapel London, Artist-in-Residence 2020-2021
In the Creative Community Leaders program, 8 Islington residents, who were directly impacted by housing and economic insecurity during the pandemic, received paid training to become Legislative Theatre facilitators, and led a policy-making session with local Islington Councillors on housing access and cultural equity.