Here are some of the key moments in our development over the past 20 years.
An after school drama group
SAVVY started with just four pupils, as an after-school drama group for teenagers wanting to study all facets of theatre-making. We explored mask, movement, puppetry, drama, stage-combat & regularly took part in the National Theatre's Connections and other local youth festivals.
Becoming a company
SAVVY officially became a company, with the broad aim of working in youth & community arts. We launched with an intergenerational project & started a weekly drama group called Action Replay for adults with a learning disability, working in partnership with Croydon & Sutton Mencap.
A year of development & change
With investment from Arts Council England, SAVVY spent a year working with Jessica Hepburn (former Executive Director, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith) to develop our first business plan, budget and strategy to realise our long-term aims, primarily to find a permanent home to bring our growing participatory theatre programme together.
Our Anniversary Year
To celebrate our 10 years as a company & becoming a newly formed charity, SAVVY produced its most ambitious season of work to date, with 3 shows, across 3 boroughs in 3 months. We also hosted a gala event where we announced the exciting news of our new home, and produced a pantomime with an inclusive cast of over 60 actors.
A new home
Three years after our ambition to find a home, we moved into our brand new SAVVY Studio at Fairfield Halls in Croydon. We now have a thriving weekly Take Part programme for all ages & abilities, a growing community outreach Special Projects programme and Artist Development training courses for those who struggle to access mainstream pathways into the profession.