TICBox Productions

TIC Box Productions is the theatre-in-education arm of HyperFusion Theatre Company.

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

Our shows, with 4 cast and a facilitator, are a fusion of performance, forum theatre and interactive workshop that tackle issues that affect people i.e. homophobia, transphobia bi-phobia, domestic abuse, racism, bullying, sexual health, healthy relationships and mental health.

Our shows explore stories of inequality and prejudice and then task our audiences to actively explore the issues and ‘try out’ solutions. All in our own unique style ensuring a safe atmosphere to empower audiences to discuss, explore, own the outcome and adopt embedded behavioural change.

Our successes include:

High numbers of young people.
Worked with over 25,000 people in over 87 educational organisations throughout the last ten years of touring issue based interactive theatre.

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

National Diversity Awards
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.

15% reduction in teenage pregnancy.
IT WON’T HAPPEN TO ME and LOVE, LIES & LULLABIES toured Stevenage – Report by MBARC for NHS Hertfordshire, Sept. ’12, statistics show a 15% reduction in teenage pregnancy in Stevenage in the 5 years we delivered it.
Statistics produced from our sexual health tour ‘IT WON’T HAPPEN TO ME’ and ‘LOVE, LIES & LULLABIES’ in collaboration with HertsAid and funded by the Primary Care Trust:

  • 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

Grant funding from those who believe in us.

  • Southwark Council grant to pilot initial tour of BOY.
  • £28,000 grant from Clinical Commissioning Group NHS for BOY.
  • The Primary Care Trust funded us to deliver work with young people to discover what signposting and support they need and what they need to access it. Then worked with health professionals to deliver these results.
  • Funded by National Lottery/Tender/Essex Change to explore domestic abuse.
  • Uttlesford District Council funded our tour of LAUGH AND YOU’RE PART OF IT throughout Essex.
  • Funded 3 times by Stevenage Community Trust to deliver BOY, LAUGH AND YOU’RE PART OF IT, BILLY and BOBBIE (our Junior school shows on bullying.)

Performed in Parliament. 
Parliament performance of BOY during Parliament Week Nov 2016 in collaboration with Parliout.

West End and beyond:

  • Invitation from West End producer to adapt BOY play into a West End musical.
  • Invitation to take BOY to Australia.

Collaboration with other wonderful organisations and our future:

  • 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.
  • New show on controlling relationships in teenagers and domestic abuse THE BRUISE YOU CAN’T SEE to tour in 2018.
  • New show (as yet) UNTITLED on gender equality to be toured in 2018.

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