Performing and Visual Arts and Music


There are lots of creative and therapeutic opportunities available in Southwark and its neighbouring boroughs. There are specialist, inclusive and mainstream services which cover a large number of interests including; dance, drama and various art and craft activities.


There is a relaxed performance of the 5-star production of ' A Christmas Carol ' about to go on sale. The Old Vic Theatre's relaxed performances are made specifically for those with a autism spectrum condition, anxiety disorder or learning disabilities.

Please click here for more information

Impact Poetry is an educational poetry intervention, enabling students to increase their understanding of English Literature through an interactive, creative and fun format.

For more information, click here.

Grooveschool is a not for profit organisation that run projects focussed towards nurturing young people's engagement, creativity and invention.

The main activity we provide is DJ and Music Technology workshops for all ages and abilities.

Our overall aim is to make accessible something that may be of interest from which enjoyment and creativity can flow. Working towards something tangible, that ensues enthusiasm, inspiration, inclusion, worth and purpose .

  • We believe in the capacity of every child to be creative and to grow through their involvement with music.

  • We aim to create the safe and inspiring space for children to explore, appreciate, play and make music.

  • We value all talents and children equally, without judging, grading or creating any pressure to compete or to perform.
    All of our practitioners are CRB checked professional artists.

We're based in Streatham, South London and we also have facilities in Brixton.

For more information please visit the Grooveschool website


We offer a range of dance classes in 3 locations within the Southwark borough. Our classes all take place after school (with the exception of out twinkly toes class that is mid-afternoon), so it’s a great option for an extra curricula activity..We offer dance classes to children to help encourage confidence fitness and social skills.
Dance is a great way for young people as young as 2, to understand their bodies through movement and use of sound and rhythm to do so.

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The Little Disco company

THE funkiest family friendly disco in London! Cool daytime discos for the whole family to enjoy fun events tailored perfectly for under 7's. Let us take care of spinning the tunes they love, dancing and the entertainment whilst you relax at the bar. Organised at safe but cool venues, by two mums with 4 kids who loved discos so much we decided to invite other families to our parties. If you're looking for a great idea for your child's birthday (aged 5 and up), then why not contact us to discuss your requirements. We also do fabulous 'UV GLOW DISCO BIRTHDAY PARTIES' along with awesome SCHOOL DISCOS.

For more information please visit the following link:

Bach to Baby

Bach to Baby is the critically acclaimed classical concert series for babies, toddlers and their carers.

Tots dance, roam about and revel in the wonder of live music, while you take a moment out of your busy day to hear top notch performances by outstanding musicians, with your young babes in tow. No concert is complete without feeding, crying and nappy changing!
Tickets: Adults £8 ~ £12, Children FREE
Monmouth Coffee Mingle: 30 mins before start time shown
Concert Duration: about an hour

Please click here to see the schedule for venues and dates in South London

The Unicorn Theatre: Accessible Performances

The Unicorn Theatre hold a number of accessible performances throughout the year.

Accessible performances include:

• Relaxed performances
• Audio described and pre-show touch tours
• Deaf Friendly shows
• Live Captioning
• Integrated sign-language in performance

If you have any questions about your visit, please email us at
For more information or to see how to book a ticket please click visit the Unicorn Theatre website.


London Bubble Theatre Company

London Bubble run a number of participatory theatre groups in Rotherhithe open to ages from 6 upwards.
These weekly sessions give the opportunity for a wide range of people to make theatre together, assisted by experienced theatre practitioners and other specialists.
We run inclusive classes and our facilities are fully accessible.
Please contact us if you would like to talk about any specific access needs or additional support for your or your child. A parking space can be made available for anyone attending classes with access needs but we ask that you contact us about reserving a place in advance.
There is no audition process - we just need you to be enthusiastic and committed.
We run 3 terms per year, roughly in line with school terms.
Our next term will start w/c 12th September 2016. If you're new to Bubble, that's a good time to come and try a free taster class.
For more information, or to book a place for a class, please call Lucy on 020 7237 4434 or email

Southwark Music Service

Southwark Music Service aims to enrich the lives of all Southwark children and young people by making the learning of music dynamic, energetic, varied and fun. We are are proud to be working with our partners in the Southwark Music Hub to maximise the many diverse musical opportunities for those living and learning in Southwark.

We fund the Southwark Youth Orchestra, a community orchestra open to young people either going to school or living in the Borough of Southwark.

Our vibrant Saturday Music Centre at Walworth Academy now incorporates the Saturday Morning Centre and the Southwark Creative Orchestra.

In partnership with the David Idowu Foundation, we fund the David Idowu Choir, open to young singers throughout Southwark.

We offer lessons and musical activities using a wide range of instruments and a variety of musical styles. Everything we do is of the highest quality.

Whether you’re a parent, teacher or a young person who wants to learn, we look forward to welcoming you to our award-winning service - Denise Barber, Head of Southwark Music Service.

For more information, please visit the Southwark Music Service website 

LCCM hosts Southwark Music Service programme ‘All About The Band’

All About The Band is a programme by Southwark Music Service designed to support local young people within the borough of Southwark aged 13-18, focusing on music performance, production and recording. Working with LCCM performance and production tutors, students are routined in band band workshops, working towards a recording session and public performance.
To find out more visit theLCCM website.

To take part contact Geoff Hemsley

Theatre Peckham

Theatre Peckham; a Learning Theatre, where inspirational artists meet inspirational young people. Home to world class creative learning and performance, with and by young people from the diverse communities of South London. Theatre Peckham aims to inspire young people from all its diverse local communities to engage with the performing arts as audiences, participants and artists. A local venue with a world view, Theatre Peckham is driven by the cultural diversity and the creative mix of Peckham and its young people. We provide routes into the performing arts for disadvantaged young people and a safe space to explore, take risks and negotiate their way in a changing world. We are a charity, providing a platform for vibrant young voices to be heard, grow in confidence and take a voyage of discovery, and proud to be part of South London in all its complexity and vibrancy.

To find out more please visit the Theatre Peckham website.


Voicelab is Southbank Centre’s vocal initiative, inviting everyone to explore their voice and participate in festivals, workshops and performances throughout the year. It gives you the chance to discover the power of your voice through singing, encouraging you to express yourself whatever your age, ability or experience. It’s an opportunity to join together with hundreds of people in song and discover what it means to be a singer.
Voicelab has engaged with thousands of singers both nationally and internationally and continues to grow every year, sharing a vision to empower, unite and inspire everyone through singing.

To find out more please visit the Voicelab web page.

Mousetrap Theatre Projects

Mousetrap provides opportunities for young people with special needs to engage with theatre, both as an audience member and in the classroom.
Theatre Journeys for Special Schools gives special school pupils access to the best of London's theatre for just £8 a ticket, with in-school workshops that enrich the experience.
We employ outstanding and experienced workshop leaders work to get the best out of every student - often in profound and surprising ways.

See more on the Mousetrap website.

Whippersnappers: inclusive fun

Whippersnappers is a vibrant, inclusive, community organisation which works out of Brockwell Lido in Brockwell Park and College Lodge in Dulwich Park.
They offer the following classes, which children and teenagers with additional needs in Southwark can access:


Art and Drama Therapy club for 5 – 11 year olds at College Lodge – Weds 3.30pm – 6pm referrals only -funded by Children in Need.
Under-fives Inclusive Music Workshops Venue: College Lodge and Brockwell Lido. Dates: Monday Saturday (term-time only). Please call 0207 738 6633 to reserve a place. Free to children with disabilities and their siblings.

Whippersnappers also runs an inclusive after-school club at Brockwell Lido for 5–11 year olds. Activities include Acrobatics, Capoeira, Arts and Crafts, Cookery, Park Activities and Cinema Club.
If you would like to access this service please call 0207 738 66 33. 

Or email:

Whippersnappers also delivers disability awareness training to children centres, after school clubs, youth centres, community organisations and private businesses. For further information go to:

dt17 dance class for 9-13 year olds with behaviour/conduct problems or early signs of mental ill health

Class description:

Our open, drop-in classes are for anyone wanting to have fun using movement, creative dance, singing and drama. We start with an intense physical warm-up based on a variety of contemporary dance techniques, and proceed to exercises that highlight how one’s actions affect others physically and emotionally, addressing issues of friendship, rivalry and leadership. Each class ends with the sharing of the outcome of these exercises and a little discussion of what we have learned. We work towards performances at the end of terms.

At a glance:

dt17 – dance-theatre for children with behaviour/conduct problems or early signs of mental ill health
·Dates: Tuesdays ongoing till March 2017
·Time: 4.30pm – 5.45pm
·Place: Pembroke House, 80 Tatum Street, London SE17 1QR
·Price: free
·Clothes: easy to move in: tracksuit/loose trousers/long-sleeved T-shirt/trainers. No skirts, high heels, jewellery or chewing gums.
·Aged 9-13 years. Please note that we will consider admitting participants close to, but outside of this age range subject to a trial period of 2 sessions.

·Registration and information booklet


East Dulwich Picturehouse and Cafe

East Duwich Picturehouse offers Autism friendly screenings throughout the year for only £3 (for non-members)

To find out more information about films being screened or how to book please contact East Dulwich Picturehouse and Café directly on 0871 902 5749 (calls cost 13p per minute plus your telephone company's access charge), alternatively you can visit their website:


Science Museum: Early Birds

Early Birds enables families with children who have an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) to come along and enjoy the Museum free from the hustle and bustle of the general public.

Taking place on particular Saturdays across the year, we open the Museum early at 8.30am and some of our interactive galleries remain available exclusively to booked Early Birds guests until 11.15am. As well as exploring some of the galleries you can enjoy a selection of fun workshops and exciting demonstrations.

All of these events are completely free and suitable for families with children under the age of 14.

Places are limited so you do need to book. This can be done on 020 7942 4777.

To find out the forthcoming dates and more information, please go to

Heart n Soul: The Beautiful Octopus Club

Heart n Soul is a leading performing arts organisation in Deptford that runs clubs, music sessions and live events for young people with learning disabilities, aged 10-25. Heart n Soul also run the regular Squidz Club at the Albany, Deptford, as well as training and taking part activities. Find out more at:

Autism Friendly Cinema Screenings

There are regular Autism Friendly Screenings at Greenwich Picturehouse, Clapham Picturehouse and Ritzy Picturehouse cinemas. Tickets for all screenings are £3 per person, including carers. Wheelchair users must book in advance. There is also an Autism Friendly Kids Club at Stratford Picturehouse in East London, with screenings on the first Saturday of every month. For more info, go to: or email Ryan Powell or call 07471901265