20Twenty was commissioned by the YMCA in 2019 to produce a short film about domestic abuse of teenagers. This enabled us to work with some of our previous Youth Theatre members who are now studying performance at University and some of our current older Youth Theatre members. We, as an organisation, learnt a lot from our new friends at the YMCA about this important subject.
Be Heard is a programme which helps young people campaign through music and film. In the summer of 2019 young people created two original songs with music videos around relationship and friendship conflicts and the danger of social media. More dates for filming opportunities will be released shortly.
Theatre Makers is a 10 week school program for Key Stage 2 pupils. Our theatre and film staff work with up to sixty children (for at least two hours per week per class of thirty) to produce a piece of theatre or a short film. This is devised, with our help, by the pupils using themes which link into the school's current curriculum. Previous project themes have included Fantastic Mr Fox, The Space Chase, History through the Ages and researching how young convicts were treated when imprisoned in Wisbech Gaol over one hundred years ago.
Home from home
In 2016, 20Twenty Productions produced a half-length feature film that dramatised the story of how children were evacuated to Chatteris during World War 2. The film was funded by the Heritage Lottery and developed with local young people. This enabled all involved to learn a great deal more about what life was like in rural Britain during the 1940s and what life may have been like for young people who were forced to leave their homes and continue life with a new family in a strange place. We are very proud of this film and it remains an ideal resource for schools to teach pupils about World War 2.