Young Creative Frankie Robson discusses her work on a community project supporting Crongton Knights

As part of our collective commitment to reaching out to and collaborating with young people, Pilot Theatre, the Belgrade Theatre, York Theatre Royal, Derby Theatre and the Mercury Theatre Colchester have been working with a number of Young Creatives on projects supporting our recent co-productions, Noughts and Crosses and Crongton Knights.

Here, Young Creative Frankie Robson tells us more about the community engagement project she led alongside Crongton Knights at the Belgrade.

Hellloooooo, my name is Frankie and I’m a third-year theatre student at Warwick University! I thoroughly enjoy engaging new communities in theatre, especially groups of people that wouldn’t normally like or enjoy it.

In fact, I enjoy it so much I decided to create Journey Theatre Company, to give myself the creative authority to respond theatrically to issues raised by vulnerable communities. This gave me an outlet where I could work to create a platform to voice things which often go unheard. Journey have so far created two shows: our first exploring the stories of Alzheimer’s patients and their families, and our second successful show, Root, addressing the homeless crisis in Leamington Spa, with the help of a charity called The Way Ahead Project. We’re hoping to take Root to the Edinburgh Fringe eventually, so keep your eyes peeled!

Recently I was given a great opportunity to get involved with the Belgrade Theatre and Pilot Theatre, working as their Young Creativeon Crongton Knights. If you didn’t get to see the show in Coventry, you really missed out, and should definitely catch it another time if you can. My job as a Young Creative was to consider how we might engage a new community with the show and its powerful themes of violence, comradeship, trust and fear, to name just a few.