Last week, the Southwark Theatres’ Education Partnership (STEP) launched its annual month long festival at Theatre Peckham. The FT has supported the work of STEP for three years and it plays a crucial role as an agency for connecting young people, the theatre community and education in the Southwark area of London. STEP encourages Southwark’s young people to achieve their full potential through the creative force of theatre and performing arts; opening a window on the world and highlighting the opportunities open to them.
This year’s launch marked a difficult period for the funding of arts projects in the UK as the public sector pulls back on its support to find savings. Southwark Council, although very supportive of a project that they in fact initiated, could be looking to cut £80m across all parts of its operations.