Performance has the power to transform lives. At the beginning of 2015 the Abram Wilson Foundation touched over 40 children and young people through an innovative pilot project fusing drama, dance, music and more at two secondary schools in Greenwich.

• 89% said the project made them feel positive about their future
• 84% felt they had developed new talents
• 95% felt they had developed new strengths
• 100% enjoyed improvising
• 100% said the project made them feel like a creative person
• 78% felt they made new friends


Here’s what some our participants enjoyed:

“Expressing ourselves”
“Getting to perform in front of lots of people!”
“Getting to work with new people”


“This is what I wish our education system had time to do - to ask young people, who are you and how can you be great?”
- Pia Furtado, Visiting Artist for AYG

“I think teaching kids how to come up with ideas from stimulus and develop them is a brilliant skill and a brilliant thing to teach them because it changes the way they think. They start to explore and they understand they don’t have to be perfect.”
- Tara Siddall, Visiting Artist for AYG


“It was really nice to see the quieter participants unfold throughout the process. I feel as though we broke down some small but very important boundaries that can hinder development. The regular performance aided this, leaving young people that called themselves shy having to face their fears of being in front of other people. They were so much more comfortable with this by the end of the project. The change was visibly noticeable in their presence on stage.”
- Lydia Newman, AYG Workshop Leader

“It was great to see the young people performing and growing in confidence…and seeing the same music used to engage young people. It was really inspirational to see young people using jazz as a stimulus.”
- Ocean Bell-Grey, AYG Workshop Leader


“There were some very sweet moments with the Year 7s in the run up to the performance. It was lovely to see them getting organised, some of them said they couldn’t wait to do it and were sad it finished.”
- Georgie, Drama Teacher at Plumstead Manor

“I loved the complex stimulus of the project, which was challenging for both the teachers and students but that's what made it great – it pushed them beyond their normal expectations….It was (also) great for our teachers to see the children working in groups. Often they just see them working behind a desk individually, so it gave the teachers a new understanding of the children and their capabilities.”
- Shermaine Slocombe, Arts Manager, Corelli College

Photo credit: Remy Archer