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  • April 30, 2024

    You Can’t Spell Theatre Without AI

    Ushering in a new era of creativity and innovation

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  • March 25, 2024

    Women's What's Your Story?

    Our creative confidence-building and employability workshops have ended - but not for long!

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  • March 24, 2024

    Social Action

    The stage is set for change

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  • December 22, 2023

    2023: Our Highlights

    The Immediate Theatre team look back over some of our highlights from 2023.

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  • July 18, 2023

    Women's What's Your Story?

    What's Your Story? 2023 is aimed at women looking for the opportunity to take part in creative, confidence-building workshops led by our Projects Coordinator Hannah Drummond. Hannah and this year's participants took some time to tell us about the work and how they're benefitting from it already.

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  • June 1, 2023

    Volunteers' Week 2023

    Today is the first day of Volunteers’ Week, which takes place from the 1st to the 7th June every year, to recognise the important contribution that volunteers make to communities across the UK.

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  • May 25, 2023

    We Ran the Hackney Half Marathon!

    Last Sunday, 21st May, Immediate Theatre took part in the Hackney Half Marathon!

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  • May 17, 2023

    We're Running the Hackney Half Marathon!

    This Sunday, 21st May, Immediate Theatre staff members are taking part in the Wizz Air Hackney Half Marathon to raise money to support our Estate-based Youth Theatre work within the community.

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  • June 16, 2022

    Walk a Mile in My Shoes Season II

    We’re incredibly excited to be involved in a second season of the ‘Walk a Mile in My Shoes’ capsule collection, created by our Patron Idris Elba alongside his wife Sabrina Elba and French fashion designer Christian Louboutin.

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  • May 9, 2022

    We're shortlisted for the Charity Awards!

    We’re excited to announce that we’ve made the shortlist for this year’s Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector.

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  • April 8, 2022

    Open Your Ears! Social Action Event

    On Thursday 24th March we held our annual borough-wide social action competition event, welcoming our Estate-based Youth Theatre groups to perform for each other and a panel of judges at Forest Road Youth Hub.

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  • December 20, 2021

    2021: A Year in Review

    Here are some of the highlights of 2021, shared by our wonderful Immediate Theatre team.

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  • October 18, 2021

    Announcing Shekeila Scarlett as our new Chair of Trustees

    We are delighted to announce the appointment of Shekeila Scarlett as our new Chair of the Board of Trustees. Shekeila, who first joined us as a participant in 2008, took over the position from Professor Melissa Butcher earlier this month.

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  • June 15, 2021


    We’re so excited to share that we’re part of an amazing initiative created by our Patron Idris Elba, alongside his wife Sabrina Dhowre Elba and their long-time friend, French fashion designer Christian Louboutin.

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  • June 11, 2021

    Youth Summer Programme 2021!

    Announcing our Summer Programme for 2021…

    Each year we deliver FREE summer holiday projects in Hackney for local young people. After a strange and difficult year, we’re so excited to be back in full swing for this summer’s programme. Check out the details below!

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  • January 29, 2021

    Immediate Impact: EbYT

    Each year our Estate-based Youth Theatre programme works with around 200 young people in Hackney, providing a safe space where they can feel connected, empowered and that their voices are heard. The project aims to develop vital life skills through drama and creative activities.

    In this blog, former participant Kyla-Marie shares her experience with Immediate Theatre and how it’s impacted her.

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  • December 18, 2020

    2020: A Year in Review

    2020 has been incredibly intense and eventful – it’s safe to say that nobody could have predicted the year we’ve had. Our daily lives have been completely turned upside down, we’ve changed the way we work, learnt to communicate and connect in new ways, and of course there’s been so much we haven’t been able to do.

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  • December 10, 2020

    Immediate Impact: What's Your Story?

    Our What’s Your Story? workshops use filmmaking and theatre techniques to help participants build employability skills and support them into employment or training. Ada took part in the programme in November 2019 and went on to support the team as a Volunteer, before gaining employment with theatre company Maya Productions.

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  • November 26, 2020

    Lockdown Diaries: Ajia & Kade

    Ajia and Kade, Participants and Peer Facilitators of our Estate-based Youth Theatre programme, share their experiences of lockdown and how their roles at Immediate Theatre have helped them to develop skills and confidence.

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  • November 23, 2020

    Lockdown Diaries: Raine, Oxoline & Reetta

    Oxoline, Raine and Reetta took part in our What’s Your Story? programme in September. In part two of our Lockdown Diaries series, they discuss losing jobs, finding motivation and their experience of the workshops.

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  • November 19, 2020

    Lockdown Diaries: Janet & Sharon

    Janet and Sharon - members and star performers of Theatre Exchange and co-hosts of Hackney Social Radio, share their experiences in lockdown and how Immediate Theatre’s programmes for over 50s have been a lifeline.

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  • November 2, 2020

    Reflecting on BHM

    As we reach the end of Black History Month, we’re reflecting on the relevance of this year’s events and the importance of teaching and celebrating Black History all year round.

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  • October 16, 2020

    Black History Month 2020

    October is Black History Month! This year marks its 33rd anniversary in the UK. Throughout the month, many associations and institutions are holding a variety of events all over the country to celebrate Black African & Caribbean history, culture and community.

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  • July 31, 2020

    'Stepping Up': New Online Transitions Project

    We’re pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £26,040 from the Youth Endowment Fund to support young people at-risk of being drawn into violent crime through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • July 27, 2020

    Announcing our new Patron!

    We are delighted to announce Hackney’s own Idris Elba as Patron of Immediate Theatre! The patronage honours Idris’ Hackney roots and reflects his belief in using the arts to bring people from different backgrounds and communities together.

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  • June 24, 2020

    Chairs' Letter: Please Help The Arts Survive

    The performing arts are battling for survival at a time when theatre matters more than ever. It’s not only the West End, the annual panto, world-class musicals, dance, opera and Shakespeare – it’s the creative and outreach work happening around the country in our diverse communities, outdoors, in pop-up spaces, at festivals and online.

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  • June 2, 2020


    We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and all those taking a stand against racial injustice today and every day.

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  • March 30, 2020

    Our Voices, Our Choices!

    On Thursday 12th March, we held a borough-wide social action competition event across our eight Estate-based Youth Theatre (EbYT) groups.

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  • January 9, 2020


    NEW YEAR, NEW PROJECTS: read all about our new Interactions programme.

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  • August 15, 2017

    Launch of new website & brand

    We are delighted to announce the launch of our new website this week, alongside our new logo and branding.

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