Case Study: Chickenshed

Chickenshed was founded in 1974 and derives its name from the old chicken shed it used as premises in the beginning.

The charity believes that the performing arts should be open to all and it is this guiding principle which has driven the company forward and enabled it to embrace performers from all backgrounds. The Company has developed a creative process which includes all its members with equal value. Commitment to the individual, encouragement and acknowledgement of their contribution, are central tenets of its inclusive approach through which the charity ensures the active creative participation of those who would usually be at risk of exclusion through factors of health, social development, or ethnic diversity. By instilling a sense of responsibility in its members, for both each other and for the company as a whole, individuals develop a keen sense of citizenship alongside their artistic achievements.

The charity presents original and entertaining productions for young children, families and adults and creates new work, inspired by its local community, about personal and social issues that affect society today, which is then taken on tour to theatres, community centres and schools across the UK. The Foundation was introduced to the charity’s work in 1990 and has supported it ever since.