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Like to become a member? Call and book a FREE taster workshop – new members are welcome at any time. Just come along on Saturday and bring a friend. CALL 020 8694 2444 or TEXT 07943 201307 or EMAIL us. Follow us on Facebook – Second Wave Youth Arts – and Twitter @SecondWave1

The fee for our youth arts workshop programme is kept as affordable as possible. Saturday membership costs £15 per term, or £2 per session. Family rates are available.

Our youth leadership programme is FREE for 15-22 yr olds. We offer training, work experience & accreditation and pathways into traineeships.

Second Wave delivers a programme of outreach in schools addressing issues relevant to safeguarding and PSHE curriculum.
Like to know more? Refer to our Projects Page and email Phil.

PEACE AWARD LONDON awarded to Second Wave
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Set up in 1982, and based in Deptford, SE London, Second Wave's studio and rehearsal space offers a safe, creative meeting place for young people.

Our weekly, year-round youth arts programme is led by the creative intelligence of young people. The themes of our work reflect the reality of young people's lives in a demanding urban environment.

From our base in Deptford, and other outreach settings, our productions, platform events and speakeasys aim to break down stereotypes, bring people together and enhance local democracy. Our work is cited by the Home Office as an example of Best Practice.

Saturday and after-school programmes develop young people's confidence and skills through accessible and affordable workshops in drama, singing, dance, rap/lyrics, new writing, music, visual arts and production.

We deliver a unique award-winning youth leadership training and volunteers' programme which offers pathways to higher education, and paid traineeships for local young people.

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


LOVE to perform? Meet new people? Join Saturday workshops for drama, lyrics, spoken word and performance. Create your own plays and perform in our studio theatre. Invite family and friends. Use your creativity to support your community as a young volunteer and gain training and accreditation.


For 12 years to 17 years

A FUN mix of acting, dance, lyrics and spoken word. Young people will be working towards the performance of a new play devised by young people.
Saturdays every week 10.30am–1pm and 2pm–4.30pm.
After-school on Tuesdays, Thursdays, half term & holidays.

For 15 years to 24 years

Practical training for young people interested in developing creative skills to make a difference in their community. Youth-led events, performances and outreach in schools.
Weekday evenings 5.30pm–9pm

Interested in joining Second Wave's team? Apply for our part-time paid Traineeships. Open to young people 17 to 24 years. Email your CV to


Work alongside our team and gain youth arts experience, skills and knowledge. Meet and learn from different Industry Professionals and their journey.

Seminars to understand the context of Second Wave's approach. Gain knowledge alongside practical leadership skills and gain LOCN accreditation.


23 & 24 June: Fusion Company. Book your tickets.

22 & 29 July: Speakeasy & Girl Factor performances and youth-led discussions and events, exploring youth safety issues with partners in the community.


Just call us and book a FREE taster. All young people welcome. No experience needed – just bring your interest and energy! Tutors are friendly and experienced. Young people in workshops are supported by peer mentors.
Call 020 8694 2444 or text INFO to 07943 201307 for more details.

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, (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
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British Empire medal


Second Wave Youth Arts,
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1 Creek Road,
London SE8 3BT
020 8694 2444
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