TICBox Productions

Theatre Inspiring Change – TIC Box Productions

are issue-based

interactive theatre specialists.

formed out a desire to address inequality in society.

The message of our shows is simple:

diversity is something to cherish, encourage and celebrate.

We work with institutions across the UK to explore issues such as homophobia, domestic abuse, bullying, consent and mental health, and encourage audiences to come up with solutions to address the impact personally and within their community.

Our aim is to marry excellent and all-inclusive theatre with issue based learning promoting diversity and equality whilst challenging prejudice and discrimination.

Heavily interactive, our shows are made up of four cast members and a facilitator. Audiences become immersed in a story before being challenged to actively explore issues and try out solutions to inform the activity on stage.

Unlike other companies who claim to be interactive, EVERYONE in our audience will communicate ideas to our team and play a part in our ‘rehearsal for life’ process, which allows them to try out ideas in a safe atmosphere, thus creating embedded behavioural change.

To date, we’ve engaged over 27,000 young people and over 5,000 adults in organisations, community groups and public spaces. Beyond being just passive observers, we pride ourselves on engaging each and every audience member as an active participant in our show.

We deliver interactive theatre shows nationwide to:

  • Schools (senior and junior), colleges, universities and special needs schools
  • Pupil referral units
  • Community groups
  • Organisations working with disengaged people and long term unemployed
  • Teachers
  • Public

AWARD WINNING

European Diversity Awards

2016 – Shortlisted as Community Project of the year.
2017 – Nominated as Community Project of the year.

National Diversity Awards

2019 & 2018 – Nominated as Community Organisation.

2017 & 2016 – Shortlisted as Community Organisation.

Best Business Woman Awards
2017 – Finalist for Community Champion and Children and Families award.

High Sheriff’s Award, Herts.
Awarded for SCREAM tour, incorporating our two sexual health plays IT WON’T HAPPEN TO ME and LOVE, LIES & LULLABIES.

FUNDING FROM:

  • Southwark Council
  •  Clinical Commissioning Group NHS
  • The Primary Care Trust
  • National Lottery
  • Tender
  • Essex Change
  • Uttlesford District Council
  • Stevenage Community Trust

COLLABORATED WITH:

  • Performance of BOY in Parliament in collaboration with Parliout.
  • Invitation from West End producer to adapt BOY play into a West End musical.
  • Invitation to take BOY to Australia.
  • Partnered with Show Racism the Red Card delivering teacher training on LGBT bullying.
  • Working closely with Essex Change on domestic abuse work.
  • Working closely with Shaun Dellenty and Inclusion For All.
  • New project with Uttlesford Council will see our shows going to Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 to create a through line of education on various issues.

IMPACT:

15% reduction in teenage pregnancy.
Report by MBARC for NHS Hertfordshire, Sept. ’12, statistics show a 15% reduction in teenage pregnancy in Stevenage in the 5 years we delivered our two plays.

Example of stats post tour:

  • 96% think the issues covered (safer sex, STI prevention, alcohol and drug use, sexuality, aspirations and peer pressure) are relevant to young people today
  • 91% think using theatre is a good way to learn about issues
  • 88% said they will be able to apply what they have learned into their everyday lives
  • 250 staff attended the sessions and 97% would recommend other schools see the plays
  • 99% said it is an effective way for young people to learn about issues
  • 98% think the issues covered are relevant to the year group that has participated

TIC BOX Testimonials

The issues covered were done so to perfection and it was so valuable to gauge the opinions and perceptions of our young people who took part. Your passion for young people and the issues covered was evident throughout. We look forward to having the pleasure of working with you in the future. Many thanks.

Kim Collins & Amanda Watts Head of Year Marriots School.

Engaging, entertaining, the message gets across without being boring

Teacher

HyperFusion are extremely flexible in how they approach each audience, taking Special Educational Needs, students experiences and background into consideration and constantly adapting the performance throughout, based on reactions and suggestions from the young people. We have been able to offer TIE performances to organisations that include hard-to-reach young people and students with moderate to severe physical and educational needs. HyperFusion are passionate about our cause and constantly strive to be the best they can be, so that young people realise that they have choices in life.

Lindsay Marks of Herts Aid

The interactive sessions that followed were designed to provoke debate whilst educating the audience at the same time. In my view this was a masterstroke, as the response I witnessed achieved both of the above. In summary this play was an extremely informative, educational and ͚myth busting͛ production. If only something similar had been around when I was at school.

Inspector Gary AtkinsonDiversity Unit, Herts Constabulary, HQ,

The work of Sarah Ellis has transformed the landscape of theatre-in-education in major cities and under her leadership; the organisation has gone from strength to strength consolidating its social and personal development objectives for all its young beneficiaries

Femi ElufowojuJr Associate Artist, Almeida Theatre

Buzzing was the word used by our deputy head to describe the atmosphere amongst the students afterward

John FitzgeraldPSHEE Coordinator

A mind expanding experience.

Mr Baggallay

HyperFusion is an exciting and innovative experience not just a theatre performance! The performances stimulate lively discussion with thought provoking questions allowing the young people to recognise the differences between each other and that what might be acceptable to one may be unacceptable to another! Watching the young people engage in the HyperFusion experience is exciting!The nods of the heads when they recognise themselves in the actors or when they have been in the situations that the actors portray, empowers the young people to become very vocal with ideas and opinions! However, through the discussion, their opinions can change when they actually see what effect their behaviour is having on their peers! All students are encouraged to participate and rarely is anyone left out!

Fiona Gardiner, ASB Coordinator, Uttlesford District Council