STEP Conference 2013

STEP Conference 2013: Who Needs Theatre and Drama?

The first ever STEP Conference took place on Friday 1 February at Canada Water Culture Space.

"The day gave a great insight into all the excellent work being done by practitioners throughout the Borough to illuminate and engage young people in the power of Theatre. I had a really interesting time trying to take in as many sessions as possible, and was proud to see the range and variety of work we can offer."

- Teresa Early, Artistic Director of Theatre Peckham

"It's very rare that that many people from people the creative industry can get together all in one roof and reach a very wide audience. I believe the conference really highlighted ways in which we can work more closely and build up partnerships and also offered an insight into organisations work and practice. A highlight for me was learning what other people do for example Corali are in the same building alongside other arts organisations and Box Clever is one of them. I am sometimes very trapped in a dance world so it was great to learn about best practices in drama"

- Andrea Gerrett, Corali Dance Company

"It really was a fascinating mix of people, perspectives and specialisms that created a vibrant and inspiring event. We really enjoyed presenting our workshop"

- Lilian Cooper, Sutton Lea Primary Teacher and Practitioner with Rainbow Sibs and Tangled Feet

"It was great to see those inspirational people together. The evening youth theatre session had a real buzz there, the raw talent in those teenagers was palpable, and it was plain to see that STEP means a heck of a lot to a lot of people, because of the opportunities it gives them."

- Huw Tiplady, Teacher at Grange Primary School

During a time of unprecedented cuts and educational reorganisation, the first ever STEP conference explored the value of theatre and drama with young people, through critical evaluation and showcasing examples of best practice. The conference was a lively mix of films, performance, discussion and debate, allowing delegates to share case studies and experiences of theatre and drama with young people in Southwark.  

We're documenting the material presented at the conference, as well as the conversations and reflections that emerged from the day.


Visit STEP's Audioboo channel to hear reflections from young people and representatives from our Theatre Partners including London Bubble, Half Moon and Theatre Peckham. 


The Arts Faring Well - Presentation for the STEP Conference 2013 by Professor Sally Mackey, Central School of Speech and Drama


STEP into You - A short documentary on Corali Dance Company's approach to working with young people with autism 

Careers in Theatre - A video looking at a project on accessing the creative industries by Half Moon Young People's Theatre

Organisations and artists who took part:
Blue Elephant Theatre, Box Clever Theatre, Corali Dance Company, Craig Jenkins, Diana Hillier, Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, London Bubble, MakeBelieve Arts, Rewrite, Scary Little Girls, Southwark Playhouse, Tangled Feet, Theatre Peckham, Unicorn Theatre, Waterloo East Theatre, Young Vic


Speakers included:  

Riz Ahmed – actor and STEP Patron
Dr Anton Franks - Institute of Education, University of London
Fin Kennedy – Award-winning playwright and teacher
Steve Moffitt – A New Direction