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Available for schools and heritage spaces 2017 and 2018

Emergency Exit Arts invites the curiously minded to pay a visit to the marvellously extraordinary Cabinet of Oddities & Curiosities

Marvel at the odd, the unique and the strange as our interactive installation appears at your venue with our team of Collectors, the keeper of objects and the fanatical seekers of the unusual. Over the years, the Collectors have travelled the planet to seek out the most intriguing and unique objects the world has to offer, from sharks teeth to time traveling pocket watches. These oddities are the placed into the Cabinet and they’re there to inspire curiosity, creative writing and expand imaginations.

A dynamic creative learning offer for both children and their families…using objects as portals into imaginary worlds EEA’s flare brought our museum to life!” (Martha Burns-Findlay, National Maritime Museum) 

This project has been generously supported by the Ironmongers Foundation.

To see the Cabinet of Oddities & Curiosities brought to life, please see here

To book or to find out more information please email [email protected] or call 020 8853 4809

Attention all aspiring performers aged 12-16, sign up to train with our squad today!

EEA has created the Street Theatre Squad to inspire the next generation of street performers. The Squad is formed of young people aged 12-16 who are interested in working with professional theatre makers to learn new skills and create performances which take place in unusual and unconventional outdoor places, from parks to street corners. As an ensemble you will work with our team to explore performance techniques, devising, improvisation, physical theatre, audience interaction, puppetry and more.

Sessions take place at Rothbury Hall on Wednesday evenings 5.30pm-7.30pm on the following dates:


  • Wed 27 Sept, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
  • Wed 4 Oct, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
  • Wed 11 Oct, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
  • Wed 18 Oct, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
  • Wed 1 Nov, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
  • Wed 8 Nov, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
  • Wed 15 Nov, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
  • Wed 22 Nov, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
  • Wed 29 Nov, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
  • Wed 6 Dec, 5.30pm - 7.30pm 

“I’ve been coming to the Street Theatre Squad for the last 3 years and it’s all kinds of amazing…you get to unlock your creative side, perform and make your mark in your local area. I love that feeling at the end of the session where you go ‘I never thought I would ever do that'"

Training the next generation of Participatory Artists

Creating Routes is a FREE practical training programme for theatre-makers who want to use their creative skills in community contexts with an array of participants & groups. This programme is a collaboration between Talawa Theatre Company, Emergency Exit Arts (EEA) and Goldsmiths University of London, providing theatre-makers vocational training which is underpinned through academic study & creative enquiry.

As a collective we have come together as we want to help to diversify the participatory arts sector with Artists from different cultural backgrounds and provide an alternative route into entering sector (striking a balance between the practical and the theoretical).

Creating Routes trainees get the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and experience needed to gain employment in Participatory Arts sector. This programme is made up of:

  • monthly group meetings and check-ins with mentors (from Talawa & EEA)
  • practical workshops with professionals, peers and Goldsmiths' MA students
  • work in community settings with experienced facilitators and other trainees (there will be some paid opportunities)

Previous Creating Routes Alumni have gone onto work with: London Bubble Theatre Company, Harrow Arts Centre, Oval House, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Battersea Arts Centre and of course EEA and Talawa Theatre Company.

You guys have fully turned me into a professional facilitator…with confidence!” Creating Routes Trainee

The Arts LAB is about exploring the experimental nature of what happens when two art forms collide with one another, creating a cross-art form fusion. 

What happens when you mix dance with spoken word, or drama with shadow puppetry, or visual art with clowning? We’re looking for keen, creative and curious minds to help us experiment in order to create a new kind of performance.

These experiments will be led by our team of artists and theatre makers and across the week participants will get the opportunity to explore first-hand 2 chosen art forms and what happens when they mix with one another. At the end of the week, young people will create an outdoor performance which will take place in a local public space, from parks, city centres, galleries, museums and anywhere in-between!

Arts LABs will run 10.00am - 3.30pm daily and will take place at our base in Rothbury Hall during:

  • Autumn Half Term: Monday 24th - Thursday 27th October 2016
  • Spring Half Term: Monday 13th - Thursday 16th February 2017
  • Summer Half Term: Tuesday 30th May - Friday 2nd June 2017

“It was so different and unique. I think it gives us teenagers a chance to really express ourselves.”

“I thought that it enabled us to come up with new and creative ideas that we were able to combine together and develop the collaboration as a whole group rather than working individually.”

Igniting young people’s creative development, experience and understanding of the arts.

As a multi-disciplinary arts company, Emergency Exit Arts has a wealth of experience with connecting and introducing young people to the creative industries. Through delivering a range of Arts Awards, we aim to inspire sustained engagement and appreciation for the arts through young people participating in accredited learning. 

We work with an eclectic mix of Creative Practitioners who have a spectrum of skill bases and art forms which include: performing arts, outdoor arts, spoken word, street theatre, movement, storytelling, visual arts, puppetry, carnival arts and circus. Our trained Arts Award Advisors guide, instigate and assess young people through their award and give them an insight and experience into their craft and art form.

Emergency Exit Arts can independently deliver individual strands of the Arts Award or we can facilitate the entire process (from weekly sessions right through to moderation).

Arts Awards we can deliver:

  • Discover
  • Explore
  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold

“EEA’s Creative Practitioners were inspirational and the students got so much out of the experience…they encouraged and guided them through completing their Arts Awards and in the process opened so many doors and opportunities to the students.” Corelli College Teacher

EEA is delighted to be part of the PLATFORM shift+ project supported by the European Commission’s Creative Europe fund. Following on from our previous successful and inspiring European project, Platform 11+, we are now embarking on four years of exploration with 10 other partners from 9 countries, all recognised as national leaders in the field of theatre for young people and led by UK company Pilot Theatre in York.

This artistic network has been created to meet the new challenges of producing theatre for young people in the digital age. As partners, we have helped identify the urgent need to engage with digital technology in order to understand young audiences and theatre makers. Today’s young people are digital natives who move naturally between real and virtual worlds. For them the arts must respond to this new reality in order to sustain and grow existing audiences and build new audiences for the future. This project will enable EEA to accurately portray young people’s reality and inspire them to create their own responses as a unique live medium for modern times.

To achieve this, Platform Shift + provides a major investment in the professionalisation of art makers on an international level. An extensive programme of interrelated activities will encourage transnational exchanges of artists and artistic creations and provide training in digital technology through practice and international Creative Forums. As a result of these artistic exchanges the Platform Shift network will develop 40 productions based on newly developed concepts, correlated to the reality of the digital age. The project creates a platform to shift theatre for young Europeans today and secures theatre’s role in the Europe of tomorrow.

EEA has mastered the craft of both designing and making carnival floats

We have a highly skilled in house team of designers and technicians who work closely together to make the clients vision a reality. We specialise in electrically powered bases such as milk floats which are often preferable to diesel trucks.

Clients include: London School of Samba, Royal Opera House, Lord Mayor’s Show, UK Centre for Carnival Arts and LB Hillingdon Library Services

Click on the images to see some of our recent floats

EEA have been working consistently on the Alton Estate in Roehampton, since 2012. Our aim at the beginning of the project was to research, talk to and involve as many different community gatekeepers and groups as possible, building trust relationships to go forward with development and creative consultation sessions.

In 2012, supported by Wandsworth Arts we developed Birdbrain for the Alton Estate in Roehampton. Some of the young carers that we were working with at the time, through the Street Arts Academy lived there and wanted to know why nothing ever happened on their estate. Wandsworth Arts team had previously tried to programme things there as part of Wandsworth Arts Festival but had found it difficult to engage the local residents.

We had a brilliant response to Birdbrain and as a result, designed a programme called The Lounge, which would support local residents to co-produce art workshops and events in their public space.

It was designed to make sure that:

  1. the local community felt ownership over and connection with cultural programming in the area
  2. we could ensure that future work was more accessible and interactive and able to resonate with a very diverse local audience and
  3. that we were able to build confidence and skills within the local community to support a more year round connection with arts activities.

We have also been able to build, due to the success of the project’s format, an Outdoor Arts Stakeholder Group, involving other companies working in the area, representatives from the local schools and community groups. We brought an independent producer on board to work with EEA, who would be able to dedicate time to building local partnerships.

In addition to The Lounge, with support from council’s public health and arts teams we have also managed to develop a winter lantern project, bringing together the children’s centre, parenting groups and local schools, to gather in the same place that we hold The Lounge, in December. The event has grown for the last 3 years, with carol singing and larger scale light up sculptures incorporated into the project.

In response to the community development work that we have been doing in the area and as a result of conversations with the outdoor art stakeholders group (made up with local residents, councillors, schools, community group members and arts organisations working in the area), we have been developing the work that we do on the Alton Estate further, we have created a new project - Roehampton Spills, which seeks to engage local businesses in the area’s cultural activity and catalyse new partnerships which will feed future activity and community engagement work. There is more information about this project on here. Work is now being undertaken to develop these model further; linking into the Housebound and Home Learners Network in Roehampton to make sure that there is a creative offer for people who are unable to participate in the outdoor events in the area.

Through close partnership working and involving people in their own event, there is a really strong sense of ownership and involvement in The Lounge.

It’s lovely to see an event which really feels embedded in the local community” Alton Estate resident

EEA are specialists at creating characteristic fire drawings and evocative and enchanting fire gardens. 

The Making Institute is our new pilot membership scheme to help the professional development of creative practitioners working in outdoor arts.

Members will benefit from training and skills sharing on a range of practical subjects. The Making Institute also offers space for creative practitioners to experiment, innovate and generate ideas for new work. Members also have the benefit of using Rothbury Hall as a London making space.

Reclaiming the Streets!
Emergency Exit Arts’ Street Arts Academy (SAA) works with young people across the UK to make creative interventions in public spaces.

Combining Visual and Performing Arts, SAA works with 13-21 year olds from across London, the UK and Europe to make unexpected art moments/events/performances/installations happen in the spaces in which they live, learn, work and play.

Why Street Arts?
Street Arts sets the audience and performer free from the constraints of formal or paid for arts, leaving space for invention, improvisation and interaction. It is a space where surprise is sought and anything is possible- moments that are shared in the instant and are completely unrepeatable.

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