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Dukes Theatre

DT3 is the Dukes Theatre youth venue based in Lancaster. It houses the Dukes Creative Learning Department and Lancashire County Council Young People's Service, providing a unique service for young people aged 5 to 30 years.

We believe that participation in high quality, consistent and person centred activity can enhance and even change people's lives in a profoundly positive way.

The venue delivers thirteen weekly groups which support the creative, personal and social development of young people through participation in music, theatre, radio, creative writing and film activities.  On a week to week basis nearly 200 young people from across the Lancaster and Morecambe district access the provision.  The Creative Learning Department also offfers a diverse and innovative outreach programme which delivers 100 to 150 creative projects to thousands of young people across the County.

What worked well...

Our partnership with the Young People's Service has been particularly successful in supporting a holistic approach to engaging young people.  The Creative Learning Department has led on the creative and educational development of young people through arts participation, whilst our youth worker colleagues have supported the pastoral and social needs of our young people.

Ensuring a quality product is central to the sustainability of our work and we have access to highly qualified artists and practitioners who value the arts as a tool for socila and personal change.  We are committed to working in partnership with like minded organisations as we recognise the shared experience and quality we can bring to collaborative ventures.


Dukes Creative Leanring Department offers large scale participatory projects to young people, including those who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) or homeless.  We also deliver diversionary music events for young people involved in territorial tensions.  One such project 'Fallout' brought together young people from five estates in Lancaster and encouraged them to work together to create, produce and host their own club nights.  This project was celebrated by the local constabulary for reducing anti-social behaviour and reducing crime.  Our 'Bulk Ward World Cup' project offered a family-friendly venue for the community to watch England in the 2010 World Cup whilst providing a host of activities such as international food tasting, dance and music events.  We hosted students from Beaumont Specialist College who created their own theatre company; this received a mark of 'Outstanding' by Ofsted Inspectors.

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