The Droves Festival

We’re all stuck into Phase 2 of the imaginations-run-riot, young-people-steered ship that is The Droves. And we couldn’t be more pleased with the crew we’re assembling.

The dynamic duo of Toby & Dom have been making their way to primary schools across East London, setting the Hour Challenge to the creative classrooms they find and, just sometimes, certifying Creative Genius when they see it.

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We have teamed up with a host of wonderful primary schools, holding 17 free workshops which seek to unlock the creative potential of the pupils, developing confidence, wellbeing and inclusion in the class through directed play. We are so grateful to the wonderful teachers who have enabled these to happen, and to the talented classes who have shared their imagination and enthusiasm with us. We are particularly delighted to have worked so closely with schools in our home borough of Tower Hamlets and look forward to continuing to make work locally.

During these workshops, Dom & Toby were also on the look-out for brilliant and responsive young people to join us for the Droves Festival – a weekend of theatre masterclasses and creative skills development at the end of this month, led by project director Tom Bowtell. The festival will explore making a piece of immersive performance, most commonly understood by the students as a live video game, working towards a professional production inspired and created by these young people…but we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

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We’re delighted to be hosting the Droves Festival at Graeae’s beautiful Bradbury Studios, and can’t wait to see what brilliant ideas are brewed up by the freshly assembled young company in these inspiring surroundings.

Associates Dom & Toby said they are “looking forward to making, creating and learning with these talented young people” as they welcome them to the debut Droves Festival weekend, which is packed full of excitement!

From theatre designer prodigy to comedian in the making, the troupe we’ve put together thusfar has skills to rival the theatre professionals they’ll be mentored by. So with the final few classroom workshops still to come – and the Festival weekend creeping ever closer – we can’t wait to discover what this team of young creators can do.

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