Big Broad are very excited to be working with The Big House this Autumn on a brand new musical - The Realness.
With previous productions PHOENIX and BABY/LON, The Big House burst on to the London theatre scene and in less than a year quickly established a reputation for creating original, exciting theatrical events.
The Big House has a simple mission: to enable young people who have been through the care system to fulfill their potential. Through drama, mentoring, and long-term support The Big House enables care leavers to move forward with their lives and live independently. The impact of their work is astounding: “[I was] standing on street corners selling weed, and fighting… I hit rock bottom, getting stopped and searched by police every day. Without The Big House I think I would be in prison.” (Jasmine Jobson, in an interview for the Sunday Times News Review)
Maggie Norris established The Big House in 2013 after spending six years working to rehabilitate offenders and ex-offenders and having staged productions in Pentonville and Wormwood Scrubs. Working with a high number of care leavers, she was shocked to discover that almost half of all prisoners under 21 have been in care. The Big House was set up to break this cycle and many others that care leavers find themselves trapped in. Through drama and other interventions they help care leavers overcome traumas experienced in childhood so they can make the complex transition from looked-after child to independent adult. To find out more about The Big House visit the website www.thebighouse.uk.com. The article: Theatre of Dreams: Onstage with The Big House players written by Observer editor John Mulholland for The Observer Magazine gives an insight into their unique method.
“I’ve seen quite a lot of this sort of work with young people, but rarely anything so passionately or so brilliantly acted, and even more rarely so beautifully staged.” Michael Coveney, Whatsonstage
“Visceral storytelling. Shot through with moments of pure theatre, graced with vivid, moving performances by an excellent young cast. A stirring opening statement from this exciting new theatre group.” Jez Butterworth, Playwright, JERUSALEM and MOJO
CATEGORIES: The Realness