Ignite Theatre was founded in 2010 by a group of asylum seekers and refugees in North Glasgow and now provide creative workshops for young people aged 4-24. When Ignite first started, parents of the refugee children were quite scared to let their kids outside, so Ignite took them in, providing drama and performance workshops for them, and the company has continued to grow ever since.
Now, they are a very diverse and inclusive youth theatre, not only open to refugees and asylum seekers, but to all young people in the area who need an outlet for their personal development. Some of the young people at Ignite are carers; looking after family members, some have mental health issues and some live in poverty.
Ignite Theatre support children and young people through drama, using theatre to increase their confidence and open them up to new opportunities. Through Ignite members become more resilient; learning how to cope with adversity and take care of themselves.