Raising The Game Webinar: Youth Theatre Challenging the Old and New ‘Normal’


Zoom - Online

Date & Time

Friday 6 August 2021 to Wednesday 30 November -1 at 11:00 - 00:00


Leader Opportunity

Youth Theatre: Challenging the Old and New ‘Normal’

Webinar 11am-12pm

Free, suggested donation £5

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the phrase ‘the new normal’ has become a standard way to describe the new circumstances. Meanwhile “when we return to normal” is a phrase used to talk about a worryingly uncertain future. In this webinar, artists share their thoughts for challenging traditional ways of thinking and offer insight into their own art, projects in making political, accessible and celebratory theatre and structures with, for, and by, young people. The webinar will also feature a Q&A.

Charlene Olaleye & Gemma Prangle, Strike A Light Theatre Company

Based in Gloucester, Strike A Light believe that the arts can change lives and that everyone, regardless of background and circumstance, should be given opportunities to watch, make and participate. They operate with a ‘seven ingredient recipe’, which consists of collaboration, community, investment in artists, amplifying underrepresented voices and sharing. They believe in empowering young people to create work that matters to them and their peers and inform and change the narrative. Representing Strike A Light are Charlene Olaleye, Youth Arts Producer and Gemma Prangle, Youth Theatre practitioner.

Roxan Kamali-Sarvestani, Talawa Theatre Company

One of the UK’s leading Black British Theatre Companies, Talawa champions Black Excellence in theatre and nurtures talent in emerging and established artists of African or Carribean heritage. Representing Talwa is Roxan Kamali-Sarvestani, Talwa’s Community Engagement Producer. For more than 15 years, Roxan has worked across the arts education field specialising in working with young people and those with additional needs. Roxan has previously worked as the Artistic Director and CEO of the East End Shed, an inclusive theatre company for young people. As a proud lifelong Croydon native, Roxan couldn’t be happier to be working in her own community and beyond with Talawa Theatre Company.

Irma Alimanovic Alihodžic, Sarajevo War Theatre

Sarajevski ratni teatar (Sarajevo War Theatre, SARTR), is a theater founded during 1992’s harrowing siege of Sarajevo. It is a testimony to the phenomenon of the spiritual and cultural resistance to fascism and aggression. SARTR not only preserves the memory of that period but even today strives to strongly affirm universal values: the richness of diversity, anti-fascism, the sanctity of peace, activism, internationalization, compassion for all those who suffer injustice around the world. From Sarajevo, Irma was a member of East West Theatre Company and Mostar Youth Theatre (eMTeeM). In 2014 she worked as a Coordinator of Fakat Drama Project-Youth Theater Workshops in cooperation with British Council and Sarajevo War Theatre.


Raising The Game is NAYT’s annual training event for Youth Theatre directions, practitioners and freelancers. This year’s workshops will be held over Zoom. The link to the webinar will be sent out prior to the day.

It is our hope to make these events as accessible as possible, including a subsidised ticket price. If you have access requirements, such as a BSL interpreter or require live transcribing, please get in touch at [email protected].

This webinar is part of Raising The Game, a week-long series of workshops and webinars for practitioners in the Youth Theatre sector. For more information, visit: https://www.nayt.org.uk/articles/raising_the_game_2021