Phoenix Theatre Group have been engaged by Thurrock Council to design and implement an online project involving 30 young people from the Thurrock area aged between 11 and 18.

Creative Director Phil Dale lead a project with the Essex based local authority just before the March 2020 lockdown to involve children in social care in a theatre skills project. The two-day event culminated in a showcase performance at the Thameside Theatre in Grays involving the young people – many of whom who were performing for the first time. A short film of the project was edited together highlighting the positive outcomes for the participants which has been shared extensively by the council with its employees and partners.

Following this success, Phoenix were once again approached by the council, this time to run a project to explore young people’s attitudes towards physical and mental health. When the third lockdown put pay to any chance of a venue-based project, we designed an online project to engage 30 young people working with a team of 3 professional artists on Zoom. The sessions, which take place over the February half-term will be recorded with highlights edited together to create another short film. The artistic team consists of Olivier and Grammy nominated theatre director Mike Fentiman (a former Phoenix student), rapper MC Angel and visual artist Charlie Miller who has worked for both American comic book giants DC and Marvel.

Creative Director Phil Dale said “Lockdown has been difficult for everyone, but perhaps young people and the performing arts have been hit the hardest. It’s therefore so great to be able to deliver a project that engages both these groups as deliverers and participants. I can’t wait to see what we manage to create over the coming week”.

More about the project can be found here.

The picture shows Creative Director Phil Dale meeting with the artistic team and members Of Thurrock Council prior to the projects launch and the logo designed specifically for this project.