What is it?
For three days in July 2008 over 350 young people, theatre practitioners and international artists gathered in Liverpool, European Capital of Culture 08, to discuss, debate and celebrate excellence, achievement and challenge within young people’s participatory theatre.

GET IN..! provided a forum for emerging artists and established professionals to share thinking on the future and status of youth theatre in the UK, and was the culmination of the three year DCMS funded Young People’s Participatory Theatre project (YPPT).

Inspirational workshop sessions, led by seven different international companies, presented models and global best practice of work with and by young people in participatory theatre. The 10 organisations funded by YPPT to deliver pilot projects also led stimulating sessions offering participants an insight into their methodologies.

Practical sessions were combined with a programme of debates topics, including a live link debate chaired by YPPT Youth Council member Katy Danbury involving Sir Ken Robinson and Josette Bushell Mingo, via live satellite links from Los Angeles and Sweden, joined by Riz Ahmed and Jim Moriarty in the UK. The YPPT Youth Council presented an installation of their work within the project and delivered the keynote opening address.

All this combined with a busy social schedule (including a joint reception with Brouhaha International) and the launch of three publications (Six Ensemble Plays for Young Actors, Young People, New Theatre by Noel Greig, and the introduction of a dedicated chapter on youth arts) still left room for an open cabaret, a performance of Cirkus Cirkör’s Box and the presentation of a film in which Youth Council members interview Margaret Hodge when she was in her role as Minister for Culture.

Who was involved?
GET IN was project managed by Susie Hargreaves and Tracy Cochrane of Cultureworks UK with support from YPPT youth council members Holly Ball (intern), Neena Mohammed and Lauren Orme.

The YPPT Pilot projects

The YPPT Youth Council

International companies:
Capliore Double Dutch group (Japan)
Cirkus Cirkör (Sweden)
Grupo Nos do Morro (Brazil)
ISH Theatre (Netherlands)
Kattaikkuttu (India)
Te Rakau (New Zealand)
The Red House (Bulgaria)

In addition a large number of Arts Council England regularly funded organisations involved with young people’s participatory theatre participated in the delivery of the event.

Evaluation of the event was undertaken by MB Associates (Mandy Barnett and David Gilday) with support from Emily Clifford. Full details of all contributors are available in the handbook

What are the outcomes?
An interim external evaluation report has been completed and the final GET IN…! evaluation report will be available to download here in spring 2009

What next?
The GET IN...! event evaluation can be found
How can I find out more?
Watch the GET IN...! 2008 film
Watch members of the Youth Council interview Margaret Hodge
Watch the Youth Council film

Related documents
The GET IN…! event handbook