New Diorama Receives Funding Boost From The Evening Standard
We are delighted to announced that New Diorama’s Community Programme is to receive support from the Evening Standard’s Estate Fund in 2016/17.
New Diorama’s thriving Community Programme, delivered in collaboration with our Principle Supporter, British Land, has been going from strength to strength – last year directly engaging with over 8,000 people who live and work in West Euston.
Many visitors to New Diorama are unaware of the large West Euston estate located just behind the theatre. For these residents, New Diorama is their local theatre and we work year-round to ensure that we’re the creative heart of our community.
Running projects from free Easter Egg hunts for local primary schools to free film open-air film screenings in the summer holidays, New Diorama also ensures the theatre space is available completely free of charge for local groups making their own community shows. In 2015, groups from West Euston staged a staggering three full theatre productions – in some cases bringing together groups such as our Bengali Workers’ Association, West Euston Time Bank, New Horizon’s Homeless Youth Centre and the Third Age Project – who had never collaborated before.
2016 sees New Diorama partnering with Camden People’s Theatre and Fitzrovia Centre to found Camden Youth Theatre – two weekly drama groups, free of charge to local residents aged 13-19. A proportion of this grant will be invested into this joint venture - paying for showcase performances, workshop materials and ensure we're engaging hard-to-reach young people through the youth theatre.
The successes of our communty outreach programme has garnered significant accolades including being named Mayor of Camden’s Charity 2012/13. New Diorama’s partnership with British Land to deliver this programme has been recognised by being shortlisted for two Arts & Business Awards and has won two consecutive Big Tick Awards from Business in the Community.