TramShed was founded in 2005 and since this time has delivered inclusive workshops in many schools and community settings across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. Our outreach work is extremely important to the local and wider community and continues to develop, challenging boundaries, reaching out to more individuals and giving those involved a voice.
We have worked on endless innovative projects, some of which have seen us working with many wonderful organisations, including the Arts Council, Heritage Lottery, Blackpool Council and we have also featured on the BBC’s Children in Need. Our work in the community is fundamental to TramShed as it allows us to access many people who have previously been excluded from the performing arts through no reason of their own.
We also run weekly performing arts workshops which unite people from all areas of our community at Woodlands school in Blackpool. It is our belief that methodology in the workshops and skills learnt through inclusive practice can have a positive impact on our society.
“Being patron of ‘TramShed’ means a lot to me, I feel proud and privileged to be a part of this fabulous charity. Having been involved in show business from an early age, I know the joy performing brings and how wonderful it is to receive applause for something that you love doing. Zac and his team at ‘TramShed’ do an amazing job and their passion for what they do should be so admired. The importance of inclusive theatre means that anyone can have a chance to follow their dreams. They learn to work as a team, helping each other on and off stage, and then realising the rewards their hard work achieves. (i.e. the productions twice yearly of wonderful musical theatre.) It’s not only great for the children and young adults that take part, it’s great for our local communities, providing enjoyment and giving our local young people an avenue for socialising, making new friends, and indeed becoming part of this wonderful group that is ‘TramShed Theatre Company”. Linda Nolan – TramShed Patron
“TramShed are a jewel of the Fylde Coast’s artistic treasures, and all the more refreshing since they are an inclusive theatre. To see everyone on stage participating and clearly thriving on the experience was inspirational. They tackle issues that can often be hard to talk about, and empower not just the participants but the audience who clearly engage with the themes. The way in which some regulars have developed over the years as performers is there for all to see”.
Paul Maynard MP, Blackpool North & Cleveleys
With thanks to our funders: Children In Need – Small Grants Programme, Heritage Lottery – Young Roots Programme, Blackpool Council, Arts Council England, Auto Trader Community Funding, Blackpool Coastal Housing – Tenant’s Project Fund, United Co-Operative, The Foyle Foundation, Blackpool’s Big Idea, Awards for All, Lloyds TSB Foundation, The Wooden Spoon Foundation, Blackpool Youth Opportunities Fund, Aiming High for Disabled Children, Health Lottery, Lancashire County Council and the Garfield Western Foundation.
We would also like to thank Karen Duckworth Photography for their support.
Registered Charity Number: 1109987
Registered Business Number: 05392620