The Inflexion Foundation announces three year grant for Chickenshed

The Inflexion Foundation is pleased to announce a long-term partnership with theatre charity The Chicken Shed Theatre Trust (“Chickenshed”) through a grant of £100,000 per annum for the next three years to support Chickenshed’s ‘Access and Participation’ Fund.   

Founded in 1974, Chickenshed is credited with being the world’s first truly inclusive theatre company. Today Chickenshed brings together young people from all social and economic backgrounds, cultures, and abilities to study performing arts alongside each other in a safe creative space. The organisation hosts projects and workshops in schools, youth centres, and young offender centres, while its youth mentoring focus provides access to training and practical work experience in a variety of theatre skills. Chickenshed offers diploma and degree courses, and in 2023 was awarded the top ranking of Gold by the Office for Students in the Higher Education Teaching Excellence Framework.  The Access & Participation Fund ensures Chickenshed programmes remain accessible to all, impacting a diverse range of beneficiaries. 

The partnership with Chickenshed will complement Inflexion’s existing long-term partnership with the Roundhouse which included a £1.5 million donation towards Roundhouse’s new creative centre which opened in June 2023.