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Second Wave wins Peace Award 2014.
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Set up in 1982, and based in Deptford, SE London, Second Wave is a venue and a meeting place for young people. We run regular youth-centred Platform Events and workshops for young performers and writers 11-23 years.

Our workshop programme supports the independent voices of young people expressed through their own performance work and creative narratives.

Our programme develops young people's confidence and skills through accessible and affordable workshops in drama, singing, dance, rap/lyrics, new writing, music, visual arts and production.

Our award-winning volunteers' programme offers progression into apprenticeships with pathways into high education, training and employment.

Second Wave is led by the creative intelligence of young people, and reflects the reality of their lives in a demanding urban environment.

From our base in Deptford and other outreach settings, our community projects, led by young people, aim to break down stereotypes, and enhance local democracy.

We are a registered charity established in 1982, supported by regular funding from the London Borough of Lewisham.


Join us for a FRESH experience of dance, drama, music, rap/lyrics, singing and performance for young people aged 12–18 years. All young people welcome. Like more info? Call for more details 020 8684 2444.

Coming up...


5 week programme of workshops
On Saturdays (10.30-4.30pm) & Tuesdays & Thursdays (5-7pm)

What's On Offer?
For 12-18 years:
Acting, Dance, Lyrics & Music, Vocals, Performance Opportunities

For 15 - 21 years:
Event Crew & Volunteering opportunities, PLUS Industry Speakeasy Event led by professional actors


Thurs 16 June 2016
Second Wave Critical Encounters Programme led by young people in Second Wave's Studio theatre, 7-9pm

Sat 18 June 2016
'The Rise of J Silva' created & performed by young people from Second Wave from our under 16s programme, 7-8.30pm

Friday 1st July 2016
All-day youth Conference for young people at Lewisham Civic Suite, 10-4pm

Sat 30 July 2016
Youth-led Speakeasy Event at Second Wave, 2-5pm

For more information contact Dami on 020 8684 2444.

Martins Imhangbe has lead role in Lion Boy

Martin Imhangbe

Having won the lead role in Theatre de Complicite’s acclaimed production of Lion Boy, 23 year old Martins Imhangbe, a graduate of Second Wave, spoke about the experience of touring the show internationally in 2015. He said that seeing his photo on the front page of the New York Times and later touring South Africa and meeting one of his heroes, Archbishop Desmond Tutu "was such an amazing experience". He reflected, "my creative journey began at Second Wave. I was 15, searching for a place I could express myself with friends. My first production was What Does it Take (2006). I was working with such a professional, fun and inspiring ensemble, it made me believe that I could further my knowledge and achieve a career in what I love doing…."

He said, "places like Second Wave are so important because you are not pressurised or judged. You grow in confidence, and I gained experience of performing, writing and also facilitating workshops…. Second Wave produces thought-provoking drama – it challenges you as a young person and adults, to reflect on the community and the world around them. It’s also very welcoming…"

Martins Imhangbe trained at Central School of Speech and Drama, and followed a path similar to another Second Wave graduate, Leemore Marratt Jnr. Martins reflected, "it was Leemore who inspired me, and all of my peers…. I feel as a young black actor, that there needs to be more diverse, positive and heroic roles in TV, film and theatre – roles that challenge negative stereotypes. My advice to young actors is to keep working at your craft, stay busy and interested and do your research". Martins is performing in The Striker by Carol Churchill at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.

Fellow graduate, Leemore Marratt Jnr (below), recently completed a tour with Talawa Theatre of All My Sons (2014). Like Martins, Leemore joined Second Wave when he was 14 years old, and performed in many Second Wave productions, the first of which was Harmony in Harlem (2002), an original piece of musical theatre, written and staring Shingai Shoniwa and Dan Smith who went on to set up the internationally successful band, The Noisettes. Leemore is now set to star as a guest lead in US TV series Crossing Lines.

Read more about Leemore's story on our Young Artists page.

Martins Imhangbe

Women blaze into hip-hop

Kloe Dean

HIP-HOP has been a male-dominated industry for more than 30 years. Blokes in hoodies have been playing the beats and chaps in baggy pants have led the dancing, while women have mostly been booty-shaking in the background. But more and more women are stepping into the spotlight. Second Waver Kloe Dean, 23 (pictured), is considered one of the best hip-hop dancers in Europe and part of Blaze, the hip-hop theatre show that has had success in London's West End, Europe, Russia and south-east Asia. For more on Kloe’s story click here.

Second Wave awarded British Empire Medal 2015
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British Empire medal


Second Wave Youth Arts,
1st Floor, The Mission,
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London SE8 3BT
020 8694 2444
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