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.


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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 →

#GivingTuesday – help us support newly arrived migrants and refugees today

With rising numbers of new arrivals and increasing cuts to support for young people with English as an Additional Language, there has never been a greater need for our Creative ESOL projects in the community and in schools. Continue reading →

Rewrite projects begin again 29th of September and 1st of October

Creative ESOL and Free Writers kick off again in two weeks at our usual venue Inspire, the Crypt, Liverpool Grove, Walworth Road SE17 2HH. Continue reading →