Dramatic Need is a non-profit organisation specifically designed to give people in creative industries such as musicians, actors, artists and dancers, the chance to make a hands-on difference to the lives of young people in Africa.
This ain’t no armchair initiative. It is a pro-active program that enables creative volunteers to travel to South Africa and Rwanda and use skills unique to their profession to encourage children suffering from the effects of poverty, isolation, illness, mal-nutrition and neglect to invest in themselves and their future.
Dramatic Need gives volunteers the opportunity to host creative workshops with children living in underprivileged, rural and shantytown communities. The aim of this project is to encourage each child’s emotional development and to provide a forum in which the children can express sadness, frustration, anger and grief. We are not ‘importing’ theatre, music and art to South Africa, but simply enabling children who have very little in life, to utilise and take ownership of their own talents and abilities. In doing so, volunteers will be helping to foster the children’s self-confidence, giving them a rare opportunity to think beyond the confines of their immediate environment.
Friends and Supporters: Danny Boyle, Oscar winning film director & Dramatic Need Trustee; Josh Hartnett, actor; Helena Christensen, photographer & model; and Dr. Lindiwe Mabuza, Dramatic Need Patron and South African High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
Board of trustees: Danny Boyle, Sir Antony Sher, Clemency Burton-Hill, Tindyebwa ‘Tindy’ Agaba, Phil Drew, Virginia Eastman, Vanessa Garwood, Toby Fisher, Madeline Morris, James Mullighan, Amber Sainsbury, Simon Oakes, and Debbie Wosskow.
Dramatic Need is a registered charity, number 1119443
For more information, visit our website: www.dramaticneed.org