Youth Across London To be Offered Free Dance/Theatre Workshops with Knife Crime Prevention Theme

With hard-hitting play How To Start a Knife Gang, multi-award-winning theatre company Something Underground will be hitting The Cockpit, Marylebone in Oct 2024. And with free dance & theatre workshops, they’re looking for young people across the city to come and help them create… action! (whilst tackling the issue of knife crime).

How To Start a Knife Gang is a compelling (Bruntwood Prize-longlisted) thriller from writer/director Jonathan Brown, about knife crime and how young people becoming embroiled in it. And Something Underground is seeking young people (age 10-17) from across London, to come to a series of five, completely free, all-expenses-paid dance & theatre workshops and, alongside professional actors, musicians, dance teachers and their theatre director, co-create a fantastic performance to be shown to friends and families on the last evening. The free workshops will also include knife-crime prevention workshops from The Ben Kinsella Trust, and comic-creation from Penificent, (who use graphic art & comics to explore issues of gang violence and mental health.)

Something Underground, whose other work has earned them a slew of awards, nominations and 5 Star reviews, have been awarded funding by Arts Council England to run this project, perform their play at The Cockpit in October, and run the series of free workshops for young people culminating in a performance of participant’s work for their community. Attendees don’t have to be at imminent risk of gang-involvement, and even their (and their parents’/carers’) travel and their lunches will be covered. So there’s no excuses not to join in! There’s only limited places, so anyone thinking of joining them needs to get their skates on and get in touch, (via and they’ll send you an info pack. Deadline End of July!

How To Start a Knife Gang will play on the following dates – Saturday 5 October, Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 October, Tuesday 15 to Saturday 19 October and Tuesday 22 to Saturday 26 October 2024 at the Cockpit Theatre. To find out more about the production, visit here…

For more information about the workshops, visit here…

Get in touch at:

Text: 0787 9832857


The Cockpit, Marylebone (performances), Sands End Community Arts Centre (workshops). (We’ll pay your and your carer’s travel and your lunches).

Dates: 31 Aug, 14, 21, 28, 29 Sept 2024 (Workshops)

Cost: Free! But you need to arrange places in advance, as places are limited


Written by Theatrefullstop