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Theatre Peckham Awarded Young Londoners Fund Grant







We are proud to announce we have been awarded a 3-year grant from the Mayor of London’s £45 million Young Londoners Fund to support young people at Theatre Peckham.

The aim of the project is to inspire young people to participate in local community activities and to improve confidence, mental well-being, resilience and communication skills, by allowing participants to explore themes and struggles through the safety net of drama. It will enable children and young people to fulfil their potential, and take part in positive activities in their community.

For this project we will be working with local primary and secondary schools, ARCO Academy and Southwark Youth Offending Team.

About the Mayor’s Young Londoners Fund
The Mayor’s £45 million Young Londoners Fund is helping children and young people to fulfil their potential. It is supporting a range of education, sport, cultural and other activities for young Londoners.

The fund is seeing £30 million invested directly to projects in local communities. The remaining £15 million is being invested to expand existing projects funded by City Hall that support young Londoners.

So far over 200 projects have been awarded funding, these include activities ranging from theatre groups and employability training to football clubs and art sessions.

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Young Critics: Killymuck, Bunker Theatre








Killymuck by Kat Woods, Bunker Theatre

Exploring the difficulties of life in poverty, Killymuck is a well-executed demonstration of the hardships of being working class.

Performed entirely by Aoife Lennon, the show delivers exceptional characterisation. I expected to see more actors, as I didn’t realise it was going to all be performed by the same person.

Lennon works through multiple life experiences, around treatment from others on those who struggle financially. These experiences alter the lifestyle of the working classes, creating everyday worries, such as wearing the wrong clothes.

One scene describes the Enniskillen bombing in Ireland, which paired with an alcoholic father, leaves Niamh with repressed anger which makes her violent, and she ends up in fights because she has no role model or way of coping with her emotions.

The performance requires minimal set and no props, only light beams, spotlights, dirt, a whiteboard and a single chair. An ongoing ticking sound plays throughout in the background, with the occasional key sound of birds singing, or a car horn. The minimal set by Minglu Wang was very effective, as it could symbolise poverty. Everything was clear initially, except the bomb. The costume was basic, a white top and black leggings, which portrayed how simple life in poverty is, and that not much goes on.

An effective fight scene between Niamh and Siobhan takes place, featuring flying fists as a result of the more privileged kids calling Niamh ‘horsehead’. The sound design by Benjamin Grant is simple, but the ticking is like a ticking time bomb, which links back to the Enniskillen bombing of 1987.

Bunker Theatre’s Killymuck is engaging as well as atmospheric, despite the sparsely built set. Personally, I felt like I could connect with the play, and I really liked it. Most of the time I understood what was going on.

I would recommend this play to other people, and I think they should go and see it. The point of the play, I think, was to connect with people, as well as educate and inform them. I think this play is better in a smaller, less expensive theatre, as it symbolises life as a poorer person. I think this play could go to public secondary schools, as many kids who go to these schools could connect with this play.

Review by Eliska, 14.