Blackburn Youth Zone

Since April 2017, we have been running arts workshops at Blackburn Youth Zone. After a pilot project with visual, writing and drama sessions to see what most interested the young people, we began running drama sessions with Diversity and Senior Read More …

Boxing, Theatre and Migration

In October 2016, we began a collaboration with Tom Green, a playwright based in London, who we know via our connections with Refugee Week and Platforma. Tom’s latest play, Tom Molineaux, tells the story of black American boxer Tom Molineaux, Read More …

Summer Arts Adventures – week one complete!

On Monday 24 July from 8.45am the group started to arrive. By Tuesday 25 July at 3.30pm, 22 children aged 7-11 had made a book, worked on drama, adventure story ideas, weaving, lino printing, used the beautiful historic printing press, Read More …

Refugee Week 2017

Every year, we coordinate a range of activities and events, along with a network of other volunteers and organisations for Refugee Week and this year’s celebration was another success. Thank you to all involved. This year’s events were: Sunday 18 Read More …

1973: Bowie in Blackburn

On Saturday 8 July, members of our Darwen Youth Theatre; Story Makers and guests from our drama project at Blackburn Youth Zone performed together at King George’s Hall, Blackburn. This was as part of an event involving over 750 people Read More …

First performance completed!

On Monday 27th February the Story Makers (a diverse group of young people from Blackburn and Darwen) held the preview performance of The Monstrum at Darwen Library Theatre to an invited audience of parents and friends, plus two people from Read More …

Darwen Youth Theatre accepted into National Theatre Festival

National Theatre Festival of Young Theatre Our latest exciting news is that both Action Factory’s youth theatre groups: Darwen Youth Theatre seniors and Story Makers from Blackburn have been accepted for NT Connections 500. This festival of young theatre is organised by the National Theatre, London. Read More …