A PROFESSIONAL producing theatre in the New Forest has been awarded nearly £30,000 by Children in Need to continue a drama project working with the settled travellers community.

Forest Forge Theatre runs a weekly workshop on the Waterside, working with the young settled travellers community in Holbury and Blackfield.

Pam Bacon, Impact Officer at BBC Children in Need said: “We’re delighted to continue supporting Forest Forge Theatre – providing young people locally with the opportunity to learn drama based skills, develop their self-confidence and build positive relationships with their peer groups. We can’t wait to see how funds will make a difference to young people, influence their creativity and support their overall wellbeing.”

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Sharon Lawless, CEO and Creative Producer Forest Forge Theatre, said: “The children and young people involved in this project have said how much they value their weekly drama club. Sadly, Covid-19 continues to impact socialising with peers and affects the way the group interact, with some acting out and some withdrawing as they adjust to the constant changes.”

A three-year continuation grant of £29,997 enables Forest Forge to continue to support young people to build their resilience for the many challenges ahead.

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Over the last 40 years, Forest Forge Theatre has been making theatre and workshops accessible to isolated rural areas and hard to reach communities, whether through touring shows to village halls or running bespoke community projects.

These weekly sessions are held on Wednesdays for seven to 16-year-olds.