Young Producers (17-25YRS)

What is Young Producers?

Young Producers is a 10 week introduction to Producing programme led by theatre, festival and participatory arts producer Adrian Gardner (Lyric Hammersmith Theatre).

Young people participate in weekly sessions that focus on specific areas of creative producing (budgeting, curating, programming, marketing and PR). The group work collaboratively together to produce their own event that bangs. 

The essential skills of producing can be applied to all kinds of work regardless of the scale.

What is Young Producers like?

“He encouraged us to see that our dreams aren’t these abstract things that are far away but that they’re very much tangible and we can use the resources that we have at the moment to start them. I’ve definitely left the programme feeling more empowered and with a lot more self belief so I’m really grateful to have been chosen to take part”.

“I think just being in a room full of young creatives was really inspiring and hearing the career journeys of all our different mentors throughout the programme was really motivational. I think it helped me grow my confidence as a person as well as seeing where my strengths are. I think it’s given me a good foundation to pursue producing creative events as well as community focused events.”

When do sessions take place?

We will soon be announcing the dates for our next Young Producers Programme. The group will be working towards their own event or installation during our Young, Gifted and Black season 2024, inspired by Theatre Peckham’s journey over the past 38 years.

How can I join?

Details will be announced on our website and across social media.

Am I eligible?

Our Young Producers programme is specifically for Black* people aged 17-25 in order to redress the imbalances and severe underrepresentation of Black arts producers in the cultural sector. We believe it is crucial for the people behind the scenes who are producing artistic experiences to share cultural, social and political contexts with the artists they are working with to instil a sense of safety, legitimacy and belonging for all involved.   

*We define ‘Black’ as people of Black Caribbean, Black African, Afro-Latinx, Afro-Arab and African-American heritage. This also includes people of mixed-Black heritage.

How can I support the Young Producers?

Are you passionate about supporting young talent and empowering the next generation of creative leaders? We offer various ways for you to get involved, from volunteering opportunities to partnerships and sponsorships. Together, we can make a difference and create a more inclusive and vibrant creative industry. Email Demi our Young Peckham co-ordinator on youngpeckham@theatrepeckham.co.uk

Young Producers 2021

Images above from [re/Glitch], a celebratory event responding to Jenn Nkiru’s short film Black Star: Rebirth is Necessary, and explored gender, body, time, and Blackness.

Young Producers 2022

Images above from DEAR BLK LDN, a one-night event celebrating the beauty of euphoria and joy in London’s Black communities. The event included spoken word, a screening of short films, and an art exhibition. 

Young Producers 2023

Images above from Peckham Fringe Wrap Party, a celebration of the cultural engagement showcased over the month from an array of artists. The event included games, discussions, and a chance to reflect on the work presented during the festival.