"Wax Lyrical was the ignition that got me going to where I am now"

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Participants from our previous Wax Lyrical project

We are so happy to say that Wax Lyrical, our annual poetry, theatre and movement project has launched this week. The project is for young people who are not in education, employment or training, and it has been made possible by a grant from Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Over the next six weeks, up to 18 participants will collaborate with a professional team of writers, directors and performers to develop a show for our Roundhouse stage. Alongside this, they’ll receive expert arts tuition and intense youth support, enabling them to develop artistic, social and professional skills. The project will culminate in a public performance that will also be part of our Last Word Festival. Following this, participants will attend four weekly employability workshops to enable them to progress to education, employment or training.

The project has a fantastic track-record of supporting young people to progress personally and professionally. Typically, 75% of participants gain education, employment or training within six months of the project.

“Wax Lyrical was the ignition that got me going to where I am now. A graduate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama”

Katherine Sellar, Community Development Programme Advisor at People’s Postcode Lottery said:

“I’m delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are helping to support Wax Lyrical, which will see young people develop an original theatrical piece to be performed at the Roundhouse alongside gaining key personal and employability skills so they are able to gain education, employment or training. Postcode Community Trust shares the Roundhouse’s belief in the power of creativity to transform lives and look forward to seeing the impact of the project in the coming months.”

Take a look at last year’s Wax Lyrical cohort. They worked with professional artists Kat Francois, Arjunan Manuelpillai, and award winning activist filmmakers The Rainbow Collective, to create a powerful performance exploring identity, bilingualism and the concept of home.

Interested in supporting our work? Email development@roundhouse.org.uk

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