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January 2021

A Young Vic Taking Part project


A year-long project with Blackfriars Settlement, Certitude and Thames Reach

Our year-long community project with Blackfriars Settlement, Certitude and Thames Reach concludes January 2021 with the release of three short films

In November 2019, Young Vic Taking Part announced TWENTY TWENTY, a year-long collaboration with Blackfriars Settlement, Certitude and Thames Reach, three extraordinary community organisations working in Lambeth and Southwark. The project was launched to foster in-depth creative relationships with people in our local community. 

Each of the groups in our partner organisations began working with a director and writer, with a focus on enhancing creative skills and building a community company. The groups started to develop three new plays which were set to be performed by our community companies at the Young Vic at the end of 2020…

Then, the Coronavirus pandemic happened.

Thankfully, the TWENTY TWENTY project has continued throughout the year, as our brilliant community groups came together each week online to create theatre. Workshops in halls became zoom meetings, warm ups and dance routines were performed in bedrooms and kitchens, and ideas and scripts were shared in the post, on email, via text.

Resolutely committed to creating three pieces of work to mark the end of this meaningful partnership, the Young Vic and each of the community organisations will now collaborate with their director and writer to create a short film, shot in socially-distanced conditions. The films will premiere online in January 2021.

Blackfriars Settlement, a Southwark-based charity which provides a range of services to improve the health and well-being of some of the most marginalised and socially isolated members of their community, is partnered with director Jade Lewis (Astrobabies, Superhoe) and writer Tolani Shoneye (My White Best Friend). 

Certitude, a leading provider of support to people who have learning disabilities, autism, mental health support needs and their families and carers, is partnered with director Audrey Sheffield (We Too Are Giants) and writer Nessah Muthy (Small Wonders). 

Thames Reach, a charity based in London supporting people facing homelessness through prevention, intervention and recovery, is partnered with director Milli Bhatia (seven methods of killing kylie jenner, Dismantle This Room) and writer Jasmine Lee-Jones (seven methods of killing kylie jenner, Curious…).

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Writers Jasmine Lee-Jones, Nessah Muthy, Tolani Shoneye 

Directors Milli Bhatia, Jade Lewis, Audrey Sheffield 

Movement Director Corinne Meredith

Designer Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey

Sound Designer Xana

Assistant Directors Ashen Gupta, Ben Quashie

Community Partners Blackfriars Settlement, Certitude, Thames Reach