Creativity Works: Eastbury Manor

An employability programme aiming to break down the barriers faced by young people when considering creative careers

Creativity Works: Eastbury Manor was an employability programme for a group of young people in and around Barking and Dagenham.

Following on from the successful Creativity Works: Fashion pilot in summer 2014, a group of young east Londoners aged 18 – 24, who were not already in education, employment or training, were given the unique opportunity to gain work experience with two of the UK’s leading names in immersive theatre. The programme enabled the group to break into the creative industries by providing them with invaluable first hand experience, as well as practical workshops and site visits.

Ten young people were allocated work placements with Punchdrunk and You Me Bum Bum Train. The ambition of the programme was for the majority of the group to land permanent paid jobs or apprenticeships by the end of the programme. The group were also given the chance to achieve nationally recognised accredited qualifications in functional and enterprise skills alongside an Arts Award Silver.

All of the participants were involved in the workings of Punchdrunk’s event St. Ethelburga’s Hallowtide Fair, which saw Eastbury Manor transformed into a festive Halloween fair from 31 October – 2 November 2014. 

Creativity Works: Eastbury Manor is funded by the Mayor’s Fund for London and delivered by Create Jobs, a partnership between A New Direction and Create.