BETWEEN
THE LINES

INCREDIBLE
THEATRE
COMES FROM
CARE

OUR MISSION

The Big House has a mission:

TO EMPOWER CARE
LEAVERS AND AT RISK
YOUNG PEOPLE TO
FULFIL THEIR
POTENTIAL

The Big
Work

The Big House works with young people who have been through the care system and are finding life difficult. We provide a platform for them to participate in the making of theatre and to have their voices heard.

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The Big
Commitment

We are committed to providing a secure environment where our members are enabled to lead positive, independent and fulfilling lives. Our artistic work is co-created, exploring collective experience whilst safeguarding individual stories.

The Big
Collaborations

The Big House collaborates with creative industry professionals who are excited by our highly disciplined work and inspirational membership, to help us create work of the highest standards and lead the way into a more diverse arts sector.
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WHAT'S HAPPENING

THE GET IN

With workshops in anything from drama to music, circus skills to movement, The Get In is a fun and fast paced stepping stone, to give you a sense of who TBH are and what we do here. It all starts with the first step!

LAUNCH OF THE BIG MOUTH

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new digital platform The Big Mouth. It is just the beginning of The Big House’s exploration into the digital space, as we push to reach young people nationwide with our bold and beautiful content. 

INTRODUCING: THE BIG UP

The Big Up video podcasts are out! Unveiling ethnic minorities’ impact on Britain’s history, these 10 episodes reframe our narratives around cultural heritage. Inspiring students nationwide to embrace their roots, reshape history, and shape an inclusive future. Join the journey! – Come watch on The Big Mouth platform.

WE GOT PUBLISHED

In June this year, The Big House got published! With a foreword by Jez Butterworth and an intro by Maggie Norris, The Big House Anthology journeys through five original plays. This collection celebrates the diverse talents and experiences of our membership, and hopes to inspire storytellers, educators, and students.

CREATIVE INDUSTRY MENTORING

The Big House’s new ‘OG Partnership’ is a fully-funded mentoring programme designed to mobilise the next generation of creatives and push for an inclusive industry. Young people and creative industry professionals will learn from each other, develop professional networks and work towards career goals.

"The work it is as powerful, as visceral, funny, and inspired as the best theatre I’ve seen. It’s immediate, present, blisteringly committed and real. It certainly wipes the floor with anything I’ve seen at The Royal Court over the same period! Long Live The Big House!"

Jez Butterworth Playwright, in the Foreword to our Anthology

"I'm convinced The Big House is plugged into the community in a way that other charities are not. A genuine life transformer, helping the lost to locate a path and stick to it."

Sir Lenny Henry CBE

"I was totally bowled over by last night's performance. I have worked in child protection for over 10 years dealing with some of the most distressing issues, however not often have I felt so emotionally moved by young people's circumstances. I was so impressed by their tenacity and talent."

Sophie Humphreys Director of the Pause Project and Professional Advisor to Safeguarding Children Board at Hackney Council

“If Dickens were around now, he would surely be writing for The Big House…”

Susannah Clapp The Observer

"I was blown away last night by Bullet Tongue, a truth-heavy theatre piece on London's gang culture, the London so many of us don't see. I'd encourage any policy makers who work in issues around young people/drugs/violence to see it . It will stay with me forever."

Corinne Bailey Rae

NEWS

The Big Up! unearths overlooked stories of Global Majority individuals who have have played a significant part in shaping Britain’s history.
The Big House is proud to announce we have begun a 2 year partnership with the Propel Fund. Supported by the Major of London, we are grantees of The New Deal for Young People Programme.
After being nominated for 2 Offies, we are delighted to share that Maggie won the Special OneOff award for all her hard work at The Big House.