Brave Words CIC

Brave Words CIC

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  • Arts
  • Children / families
  • Local / community
  • Poverty relief
  • Young people

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Social enterprise
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Brave Words was formed as a Community Interest Company in November 2018 with the joint aims of telling stories with a social purpose, and creating adventures in the arts that invest in children, young people and communities. We believe that every story has value and hope to create accessible and aspirational stages where people can come together and connect, as well as arts programmes helping people find their confidence and creativity.

Our first Pay-What-You-Can Youth Theatre launched in Seacroft in 2019, followed by Beeston and Meanwood Youth Theatres in 2021. Today we work with more than 160 children and young people across disadvantaged areas of Leeds every week.

Our debut show How to Be a Better Human toured from October 2021 - May 2023 including more than 50+ performances and a full run at Summerhall for Edinburgh Fringe 2022. In Autumn 2023 we started development of MUTTON, to tour late 2025.

We are proud to be supported by Leeds City Council, Mohn-Westlake Foundation, Ann Maguire Foundation, Pears Youth Fund and Arts Council England.


Brave Words CIC tells stories with a social purpose and creates adventures in the arts that invest in children, young people, and communities. We do this through:

- Weekly Pay-What-You-Can Youth Theatres, in Seacroft, Beeston, and Meanwood: communities which are all within the top 15% of Indices of Deprivation. Engaging 160+ children every week, 60%+ of whom are from the global majority, 50%+ from families in receipt of benefits, 49%+ speak English as an additional language and 20% have a family member who is disabled.
- Young Producers: engaging 10 x members across our youth theatres who are living in disadvantaged and/or at risk of becoming NEET, building skills to enable them to become young leaders.
- Holiday Hunger relief: providing drama and arts workshops in the school holidays, alongside a nutritious meal to help combat food poverty.
- Making and touring new professional work, including performances in disadvantaged communities.

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