Out of LIFT was a new kind of festival between festivals. The aim was to challenge prejudices that surrounded theatre for young people, which was often marginalised and poorly resourced.
The Dream Factory saw Christophe Berthonneau and his company Groupe F work with 120 13 and 14 year-old students from ‘sink school’ Stockwell Park to create a fiery show in Brixton’s Brockwell Park based on their dreams. Also in 1996 Phakama, an international arts exchange project for young people, was born. The project set out to explore new models for artistic processes rooted in personal encounters and stories. The name ‘Phakama’ has its root in a Xhosa word meaning ‘lift yourself up’.
Out of LIFT’96 presented 10+ companies from Brazil, France, the UK, Sweden, Denmark, and South Africa.
Bando de Teatro Olodum
Erê at Young Vic
Bando de Teatro Olodum and Brazilian and UK artists
Carnival at Gabriel's Wharf, Sounth Bank
Groupe F with UK artists and pupils from Strockwelll Park School
The Factory of Dreams at Brockwell Park
Reich and Syzber
Visions of Earthly Paradise (in association with BAC Young People's Theatre) at St Peter's Church, Vauxhall
Theatre La Balance
Cordelia at Young Vic
Shared Values conference on theatre for, with and by young people at The Oval House
The Gates are Open Wide at Seshego, Benoni, Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa, UK