Participation is at the heart of Polka. We create experiences for all children and families, regardless of age, ability, culture or background, to engage in the arts through our accessible and extensive learning programme. Representing children, providing them with opportunities to learn about theatre and involving them in the creation of Polka’s professional theatre is central to our ethos.
Young Voices Panel
Polka’s Young Voices Panel are a diverse group of young people who come together regularly throughout the year to share their views and opinions on theatre. In particular, the Panel get the opportunity to influence how Polka Theatre runs, and get the chance to express their views on our productions and facilities, as well as tell us what they’d like to see at Polka.
Young Voices members are all in Years 4 – 8 (ages 8-14 years) and each present a genuine interest in being a panel member and a lasting part of Polka. Panel members get exclusive backstage tours of the theatre, the opportunity to quiz the Artistic Director of Polka, sit in on the rehearsals of new plays, watch each production and give feedback to Polka, and generally begin to explore the ways in which we select our plays and market them.
Polka is committed to engaging with our local community, with opportunities for community groups in Merton, Wandsworth and Croydon.
Partnership with Merton Libraries
We offer an exciting range of drama, storytelling, music, puppetry and craft workshops in the school holidays for children and their parents and carers. These take place at Colliers Wood, Mitcham, Pollards Hill and Morden libraries. The workshop age ranges vary, so please check with your library before booking. These workshops are free of charge, but places must be reserved at the library.
We are currently developing our next year of community engagement activity. If you are interested in being involved in any of Polka’s community and outreach projects, or work with a group that might benefit from Polka’s provision, please contact Fran. We may be able to offer workshops and/or ticket allocations and are always interested to hear from new groups and look at new ways that we can work in partnership with our community.
Community Engagement is supported by BBC Children in Need