Embracing difference through drama and creative writing

Rewrite fights prejudice and injustice by bringing together young people from different backgrounds through the power of drama and creative writing.

Winners of the Capital Community Foundation Award for outstanding work with young people and a Rising Star Award from the Global Fund for Children.

Latest news from Rewrite…

Creative ESOL Training

Our esteemed practical and hands on training is back!

Practitioners taking part in our participatory training
Practitioners taking part in our participatory training

We have developed a unique and participatory professional development programme specifically for EAL co-ordinators and Applied Theatre practitioners. Our methodology offers an innovative, practical and creative approach to language acquisition which sets it apart from other EAL / ESOL training available. Developed in 2008, Creative ESOL is an established model of practice (featured in the British Council publication Innovations in English language teaching for migrants and refugees) for newly arrived young migrants and refugees to develop their English language skills, confidence and integration through drama and the arts.

In March, we will be delivering the following trainings to disseminate learning about Creative ESOL:

Introduction to Creative ESOL Training
4 March 2017
10.30am – 4.30pm
Camberwell Library
Book Now: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-creative-esol-training-day-2017-tickets-29742057294

Advanced Creative ESOL Training
18 March 2017
10.30am – 4.30pm
Camberwell Library
Book Now: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-esol-advanced-training-2017-tickets-27676120020

To avoid disappointment, BOOK your place on our eventbrite page (details below). If you have any questions about the training, pleae get in touch with Farha at [email protected] or call 020 7358 7732.

**My Summer with Rewrite** by Zainab Gill

Throughout my summer with Rewrite, I have participated in Rewrite’s summer theatre production and I have been given the pleasure of attending a further trip to watch the play Yerma at the Young Vic. I was also a participant in the Horniman Museum’s workshop – where I also volunteered to help out at the following week. Through my first experience with Rewrite I had been given the opportunity to work on my performance skills and also perform outside my comfort zone- as I was given a character in which I found quite challenging to perform as. The trip to watch “Yerma” was a truly heart-felt performance in which reflected the life of a women, who unfortunately was struggling to have children. This play allowed me to have more knowledge about an extremely important topic all women who want children, fear about but it also gave me an insight of how to perform better as an actress.


Our final trip to the Horniman Museum was amazing as we were given a workshop in which we played Brazilian instruments such as the Agogô mostly used in samba music and Brazilian dance etc. We were able to view the wonderful art work, gardens and history in the museum and I later had the opportunity of volunteering at a Rewrite workshop to help adults and children have fun at the museum with historical items. In conclusion, I would say the greatest part of being a part of Rewrite’s summer activities was being able to meet new people and gain more amazing friends. Thank you Rewrite for giving me a holiday full of activities I will always remember and be grateful for!


2016 Creative Writing Competition Winners

2016 Winners: Zainab, Eileen, Milo and Mariam

A big congratulations to this year’s winners:

Category 1. Ages 15 – 18
1st – Zainab – The search for home

2nd – Eileen – Knock

Category 2. Ages 11 – 14
1st – Milo – Greed
2nd – Mariam – Growing up a poor child

All winners were awarded with a choice of theatre tickets or Waterstones vouchers.

All the winning entries were performed at the Rewrite Annual Celebration in March. More recently, Zainab and Eileen took part in the Southbank’s Meltdown Festival in June. Their work will also be published in the Free Writers Anthology, which was launched on Thursday 23 June at The Trunk in The Artworks, Elephant & Castle.

Mariam 2 Milo 1

Eileen 2 Zainab 2

A very big well done to all the young people who applied and participated.

REACT group performs at the Horniman Museum, Saturday 25 June

As part of Refugee Week, our React Youth Theatre will be performing their work at the Horniman Museum.

Date: Saturday 25 June
Time: 3:30pm & 4.30pm
Where: Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ

Come along and catch up with the group who will present:

Mornings and Evenings

A work-in-progress about South London told through the eyes of local teenagers.

If you have any questions about this free event, get in touch with the team 07575743103.

Rewrite’s participation in Refugee Week contributes to a wider programme of arts, cultural and educational events and activities that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK and promotes better understanding of why people seek sanctuary.

Free Writers Anthology Launch – Thursday 23 June

Over the last term our Rewrite Free Writers have been busy working away on new pieces of work and we’d love you to come and join us as we unveil them in a beautiful anthology.

We are bringing together our talented young people, our phenomenal freelance artists, our amazing board members and volunteers and our generous supporters to share the hard work of our young people and celebrate another brilliant achievement.

Please join us for a special sharing of their work, readings from poets and refreshments.

Date: Thursday 23 June
Time: 5.30pm – 6.15pm
Where: TRUNK, Artsworks Elephant, Elephant Road, London, SE17 1AY

Please click here to reserve your tickets or alternatively email [email protected] and we will pop you on the attendance list.

We look forward to seeing you there for this lovely celebration. If you have any questions about the event, please call 07575743103.

Rewrite featured in Global Fund for Children’s ‘Declaration of Interdependence’

Today, we’re proud to be featured in the Global Fund for Children’s ‘Declaration of Interdependence’, published in the Huffington Post UK. The GFC advocates a grassroots response to the ‪Refugee Crisis‬ by supporting and linking local organisations such as Rewrite:
Community-based, community-focused organizations add distinct and unique value to a comprehensive and relevant programmatic response. We have much to offer, and our profiles are distinct from those of governmental, institutional, national, and international entities. We are small but mighty. We have what it takes.”
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Rewrite Annual Celebration 2016

Saturday March 19th at 5pm, Ovalhouse Theatre
To book your tickets click here

Rewrite are bringing together our talented young people, our phenomenal freelance artists, our amazing board members and volunteers and our generous supporters to share the hard work of our young people and celebrate another brilliant year. Continue reading →

Creative Writing Competition 2016: Welcome

Refugee vigil Broadmeadows

“No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark”
Warsan Shire, ‘ Conversations about home (at a deportation centre)’

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Volunteer reflections: words from Jack Young

Jack is undertaking an MA in Multilingualism, Linguistics and Education at Goldsmiths and has been volunteering on our core Free Writers project and our EYFS Creative ESOL project at Henry Fawcett Primary School where he works. The support he has given our children and young people this term is invaluable and we can’t thank him enough. As one final request we asked him to reflect on his experiences on the projects… Continue reading →

Rewrite at Free Word’s Multilingualism Lab

At the end of November, Rewrite were invited to deliver a Creative ESOL workshop at Freeword’s Multilingualism in Creativity Lab. Continue reading →