Theatre Peckham

Theatre Peckham

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  • Arts
  • Children / families
  • Education
  • Training / employment support
  • Young people

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Theatre Peckham has been embedded in the local community since 1986, providing a first experience in performing arts participation for local families from diverse and low-income backgrounds, most of whom are at risk of social exclusion.

Theatre Peckham is based between Peckham and Camberwell within a central strip of deprivation, where child poverty is worse than the England average (28% compared to 18.6%) and young people from diverse and low-income backgrounds are often isolated, lacking safe spaces to take part in constructive activities. 79% of our participants define themselves as ethnically diverse, 24% receive free or reduced cost places due to low income, and 5% are report special educational needs.   

We work with children, young people and families through long term engagement. Many of our young people stay with us for years through the transition to secondary school and beyond, seeing Theatre Peckham as their family, where they will always be welcome. They return for advice, to gain experience, employment, create their own performances, and even to bring their own children.

Young people from diverse backgrounds rarely consider the arts as a viable career, and for those who do the lack of diverse voices and stories discourages them from pursuing this path. Yet many of our alumni are now graduates of eminent institutions, and employed across the creative industries. We work closely with organisations such as Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, the Royal Ballet, and Mountview Academy as well as national companies such as Frantic Assembly, Complicité, and the Royal Court providing role models and progression routes.


Theatre Peckham is a flagship cultural venue and a pioneering Learning Theatre, where inspirational artists meet aspirational young people. We are home to world class creative learning and performance, with, by and for young people, building a talent pool for the creative industries. Founded over 30 years ago, Theatre Peckham has a rich history of inspiring and educating thousands of young people, offering an accessible introduction to the performing arts, long-term engagement and guided progression routes to higher education and employment within the creative industries.

Our mission is to place excellence, accessibility, inclusive engagement, and education at the centre of our artistic offer for the benefit of audiences and participants, from early years through to elders with particular focus on those aged 3-25.

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