A weekly drama group that started as a partnership project with crisis.
SAVVY first worked with Crisis Skylight Croydon in 2018, providing the opportunity for people with direct experience of homelessness to attend our Christmas production of Robin Hood: Missing In Action at Braithwaite Hall.
In 2019 an official partnership started with a 12 month project designed to build the bridge between people attending services at Crisis Skylight and our new studio at Fairfield Halls. Funded by Arts Council England, the new Crisis Averted Company took part in weekly drama workshops and performance opportunities, with the chance to see productions at Fairfield Halls, work with other SAVVY groups, and gain the confidence and skills needed to increase their chances of getting back into work and ending their homelessness.
Their inaugural show was an original piece entitled “Back In 5 Minutes” performed in full-face Mask at the official opening of the SAVVY Studio.
Their next production, an original show entitled "The Seance", explored themes of what it's like to be invisible and what lengths people will go to, to be heard. It was cancelled due to Covid-19, however the group moved to Zoom, turned the play into a podcast before participating in two plays as part of the Theatre Centre's ImagiNation Festival.
When lockdown ended, the group performed in conjunction with our weekly Adult and Young Companies, taking part in our long-awaited Steampunk Panto of Jack & the Beanstalk at the Ashcroft Theatre, Fairifield Halls in July 2021.
They are now an official SAVVY weekly group, meeting every Monday afternoon and we are currently looking to expand its membership.