Empowering Creativity in Our Communities

We believe creativity is power and work passionately to empower and celebrate cultures in our communities through our funded and partnership programmes and our classes and courses ran in our studios in Hockley.
James Mthamo
March 28, 2024

As Nottingham’s Independent theatre and arts charity, we don’t want to just host wonderful theatre and events. We have the opportunity and means to make a real difference in our communities and over the years we have been heading out and engaging with our communities in Nottingham and beyond. From children and young people, to the elderly and vulnerable; our funded and partnership programmes have been empowering cultural freedom and inspiring creativity by celebrating the different cultures in our communities.

Nonsuch and Toy Library Wonder Woods community project

Led by artists, creative producers, community activists, educators, project managers and more; we’ve delivered workshops, seasonal internal classes & courses and funded holiday activities. And, as we’re preparing for our next round of Holiday Activity Fund programmes and the new seasons of our classes and courses, we took a little step back and felt

"This is something to shout about!"

Here are some of the community programmes Nonsuch Studios and our partners have delivered.

  • We Are GReaT’-  A project working with year 9 students from the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community, exploring the cultural identity, relationships and everything to be proud as a member of that community, helping students to get to know each other better and celebrate shared and individual experiences. 

  • The Great Bulwell Nature Challenge -After securing a portion of the Government’s Holiday Activities Fund grant, we ran a week-long Biodiversity Summer Holiday programme aimed at 6-12 year olds. It was a fun and interactive way of improving Snape Wood Nature reserve for use as a public green space for local children and their families. 

  • Our Future Nottingham 2023 - Nonsuch led the youth strand for Nottingham’s bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023 engaging over 1,000 under 25s through workshops, events & digital activities. 

  • WOMANuel - A social inclusion, wellbeing and creative development programme for the female service users of Emmanuel House.

  • Make.See.Do. - A transformational cultural empowerment and social inclusion programme for over 65s in Nottingham.

  • Wonder Woods - Year long festival project, working with families, schools, children and artists to bring regular sessions and seasonal festivals to Barker’s Wood in Bulwell. In collaboration with the Toy Library.

WOMANuel programme at Emmanuel House in Hockley

Our weekly programme of classes and courses are for anyone ages 2-82 through include Actor training, script & play reading, Saturday youth theatre, baby sensory classes, sessions for home educated children and those who aspire to receive professional drama school training aged 16-25.

You can learn more about our classes and courses here

That is just a quick retrospect of some of the community work we’ve done, from the days of us being Nonsuch Theatre to Nonsuch Studios, a name we feel better represents who we are and what we do.