Act. Make. Move. Collaborate.
Since Fourth Monkey was founded in 2010, collaboration has been at the heart of our dynamic approach to educating the next generation of performers and theatre makers, creating new work and supporting the development of emerging creatives, community organisations and other charities across the UK.
From giving in-kind and discounted studio hire to our graduate alumni and other fledgling creatives to rehearse new projects, to creating digital tools to give young people better access to the principles of actor training and the transferable skills it offers, our collaborative work is inspired and driven by our founding beliefs that the arts should be open, inclusive and accessible.
We are always looking to build and develop relationships with new partners! If you are an arts organisation, charity or community group who is looking to share new collaborations, as well as create and foster relationships with others who are committed to making the arts accessible, inclusive and diverse, get in touch using the button below or via firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss ideas for potential collaborations.
Our latest collaboration
The People’s Pavilion – London’s first community space designed entirely by young people
Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company has joined forces with Beyond the Box Consultants, Here East and The Royal Institute of British Architects to launch The People’s Pavilion – London’s first community space designed entirely by young people.
The People’s Pavilion is a competition that seeks to flip the script on who gets a say in the design of public space. It invites young people to work in partnership with professionals from the design, construction and creative arts industries, to design and build their own Pavilion on the Here East site. Young people will also curate and host a festival programme of cultural activities to take place within it.
During the course of the 12-month programme, young East Londoners will gain access to skill workshops in design, architecture, engineering, cultural programming, communication training, team building and much more. It will expose them to new career pathways and networks that will support them as they shape their future careers.
Fourth Monkey will be collaborating with the project team to provide a series of skills workshops focusing on confident communication, using the principles of actor training to help the young East Londoners involved in the competition, present and pitch their design ideas. Fourth Monkey understand the power and value in training young people to be confident communicators, learning how to take up space in their environment. It’s the same philosophy we use when working with professionals, such as qualified Architects through our corporate training programmes, using powerful storytelling techniques, developing presentation skills and creativity at work.
We will be producing a GUIDE at the end of the project, to provide the design and construction sector with the first tried and tested framework for engaging in meaningful co-design with young people. Using insights and data collected over the course of the year, The GUIDE will provide a set of practical tools explaining how to reach out and engage with the youth community in meaningful placemaking and cultural programming.
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Digital tools & skills offer for young people:
We created a short video featuring one of our graduate alumni, Darcy Willison, with our 5 Top Tips for Confident Communication to help young people be better equipped and prepared when sharing and presenting ideas. Watch the video here:
We donated a studio space in our London training base to support Aretha as she recorded her first debut poem. Filmed by the Poor Collective, you can watch the video here:
All three members of Lady Garden Theatre Company trained at Fourth Monkey on the Two Year Rep programme, and were supported by Fourth Monkey with in-kind studio space to R+D and rehearse their latest project, Shakespeare’s Mad Women (image by Fourth Monkey alumni Max Curtis).
We collaborate with independent arts organisations to support their publicly funded work. In the past, we have worked with organisations such as Six Foot Stories in collaboration on an Arts Council England-funded project, by providing an opportunity to work with our actors-in-training who then went on to perform at Boomtown Fair (an independent immersive five-day theatrical music festival) in the capacity of professional artists themselves. These actors also had the chance to collaborate with Six Foot Stories during London’s Vaults Festival, a fantastic example of the “full circle” continued professional development opportunities that we hope to foster for our graduate alumni through our wider collaborations!