Our Journey

We’ve had standing ovations, we’ve performed internationally for royalty and other dignitaries, and we’ve raised thousands for local and international charities. We’ve seen, first hand, the benefits that the performing arts can bring.

And now we’d like to support others in doing the same.
Freobel states “Creative expression is an essential part of all round growth and development…”…the freedom, activity and satisfaction of creative expression are often the means by which [we] achieve balance and harmony in [our] own process of growth…Dramatic play is one of the most obvious ways of showing how creative work helps develop…personality…and whole growth…Creative drama meets psychological needs…as an individual and as a team.” (Tang, 1975)

No, I didn’t write that at birth – that was one of my mum’s teacher training essays. She was a music teacher for children with additional needs. But, perhaps CLICK’s beginning was the same as mine! CLICK started as a Theatre group with my parents being its first “Theatre Angels”. Our first show – co-written by my friends and I (all at uni at the time) supported 5 local charities the RNLI, Age Concern, the NSPCC and two local charities – the Ashburnham Horse Rescue Centre, and X-Trax – a local appeal to create a “drop in centre” – which is now an award-winning thriving service, and raised £250 and received the first Mayoral Award for community service.

In addition, the following year we began running drama workshops with local schools and “The Gateway Club” (Now Hastings & Bexhill Mencap), before progressing to our first “Full Scale” production in 1994 “A Slice of Saturday Night” (The Heather Brothers) receiving “The Gateway Award” and the “DeMelza Children’s Award”.

In 1995 saw us go international invitation from the United Nations Malaysia Association (UNMA) to take a production to Kuala Lumpur to work with University Students – so we produced “The Pocket Dream” (Brewer & Toksvig), and raised the money for flights (accommodation was paid for by UNMA) through local community events in Hastings where the show team were supported by a number of local businesses, and a travel grant from “The Friends of UCL”. The show ran at both the Matic Centre, in front of the Malaysian King and Queen, as well as the University of Kebangsaan with the proceeds supporting World Refugees. All performances sold out.

As well as the workshops, we began mini fundraisers in Hastings during holidays from university, working with new members of the cast and team – many with no formal arts training, who built their confidence through being involved, and supported The Tree of Hope and the DeMelza Children’s Appeal – winning the DeMelza Award once again.

Moving to 1996, we worked with the UCL Rag Week team producing A Slice of Saturday Night” (The Heather Brothers) once again, this time at The Bloomsbury Theatre, as well as with the University of London Ballroom and Latin American Dance Society (BALADS), to support the Tommy’s Campaign, and even running a “mini Strictly” at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings in the Policeman’s Charity Ball in 1997.

From 1999-2001 our community work moved to Oxford joining in partnership with The Kirsty Forbes School of Dancing running dance and drama workshops with Witney & District Mencap, Cross-Roads and TAMS, as well as producing variety shows and pantomimes with the proceeds supporting local charities – including OXRAD – a sports centre for the physically disabled, the Headington Pensioner’s Christmas Appeal, and the West Oxford Community Centre. This partnership won the Dance School of the Year Award and the Witney & District Mencap Volunteer award. And, from 2001 – 2010 we worked alongside The College of Law producing shows which complimented the legal training by offering teaching staff, and students performance opportunities building and embedding confidence in public speaking, learning new skills, and teamwork. This led to an invitation to produce “ROMERO” (Daly & Bauress) a new musical about the life of Oscar Romero working with The Romero Trust, and even showcasing the songs on Vatican Radio!

During 2003-2007 I was also teaching in Herfordshire, and with the school following CLICK’s values of opportunity for all, produced Richard III (Shakespeare) at The Barnet Arts Depot being part of a Guinness World Record; Chess The Musical (Andersson, Ulvaeus & Rice) having extracts showcased at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London; and Jesus Christ Superstar (Lloyd-Webber & Rice) being taken to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it ran for 8 performances.

From 2010 to date CLICK has produced plays, musicals and even a concert at local venues in support of local charities. We have always worked with a core team, but invite and welcome a “rolling” cast and production support welcoming anyone who simply wants to have a go! This work has resulted in invitations to run workshops in France, and a second invitation to Malaysia – this time from The Little Penang Street Market and Penang Performing Arts Centre where they ran dance and combat workshops as well as performing the Malaysian Premier of Fawlty Towers (Cleese & Booth).

To date CLICK still continues to run workshops and shows but select our projects personally to build awareness and fundraise for specific charity causes, for example – Calendar Girls (Firth) to highlight blood cancer in support of Leukaemia Research; Gaslight (Hamilton) in support of Mind – to draw attention to co-ercive control and gaslighting; 12th Night (Shakespeare) (a lockdown film) in support of Hope – the cast also released a promo about the charity; and Steel Magnolias (Harling) to focus on diabetes and support Diabetes UK. Such events continue to bring wonderful opportunities for collaboration and CLICK has been privileged to present a concert with many Stage and TV wellbeing experts for Mind, as well as work alongside wonderful local charities such...all in celebration of the power of the arts to bring the best out of a community.

Now CLICK wants to create more of a ripple effect with our legacy.

My dad has given a generous donation to start the CLICK Arts Foundation, which we hope will do for many what both my parents did for CLICK…give the opportunity to experience all the benefits the arts have to offer.

If you have an arts-based project that offers opportunity for development and growth, please visit our GRANTS page to see how we might be able to help you help others.