Local stories, global stage
We are passionate about sharing our work and our stage with those who live and work locally. Through Donmar Local, we work in our home boroughs of Camden and Westminster to produce work that celebrates the stories and voices of our community, and share programmes which use theatre as a way to encourage discussion and debate.
To find out more about Donmar LOCAL or to hear how you can get involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the casting process, the Donmar undertook an extensive engagement project with over 1400 young people, including working with school and community groups locally and across London, supported by Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and National Youth Theatre. Over half of the company made their professional debuts on the Donmar stage.
The Trials received its world première at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus in 2021, and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. The Trials Young Assistants’ Programme is generously supported by the Backstage Trust.
As anti-racism movements sweep the globe, young people are pushing for political action, drawing our attention to the racialised power structures embedded within society. Change is on the horizon.
The Donmar is located on the edge of Westminster, streets away from the historic heart of the British Empire, where statues are, for many people, a reminder of slavery and colonialism. MONUMENTS is a Donmar Local Project led by Resident Assistant Director Sara Aniqah Malik which explores how the legacy of the Empire continues to impact our community.
Working with Sara, writer Nessah Muthy, director of photography Femi Awojide and movement director Kane Husbands, a company of twelve Black, Brown and multiracial young Londoners have produced a bold short film exploring their own experiences of everyday racism.
In April, we assembled a group of artists to work with the Donmar’s Resident Assistant Directors to document the extraordinary experience of a nation in lockdown. The Ensemble produced a short film in June and have continued to engage with us through a masterclass series, including workshops led by actor Juliet Stevenson and Blindness creative team members Simon Stephens and Ben and Max Ringham.
ASSEMBLY, our first Local Production, originally postponed due to the pandemic was reimagined as an innovative digital production.
Mixing live performance, animation and sound, ASSEMBLY looks at the impact of humans on nature and what we might build together for a better future. It’s about trying, failing, and trying again. In times of emergency, it is about hope.
Created by writer Nina Segal, director Joseph Hancock and the Donmar Local Company, ASSEMBLY was a unique live digital performance created in collaboration with video designer and director of photography Andrzej Goulding, set and costume designer Frankie Bradshaw, composer and sound designer Max Pappenheim and lighting designer Sam House.
Holborn Community Association
Thanks to the generous support of the Clore Duffield Foundation, we are proud to be partnering with Holborn Community Association (HCA) to collectively support the local community at a time of increased isolation. HCA are taking up residency at our Dryden Street rehearsal site, with weekly creative programmes for early years through to elders.
With thanks to all those who support our Donmar Local programmes
With thanks to the following Discover supporters who have enabled Monuments:
Adam & Victoria Freudenheim
The Boris Karloff Charitable Trust
The Chapman Charitable Trust
The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
The Emmanuel Kaye Foundation
John Lyons Charity
The Steel Charitable Trust
The Thompson Family Charitable Trust
Universal Consolidated Group
Westminster City Council
We are extremely grateful to the Clore Duffield Foundation who have awarded the Donmar a grant to support our community and education work during the pandemic.