Video Shorts


Welcome to Arc's Video Shorts - a regular new feature taking a snapshot of our diverse range of work

Video 15:Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and LBBD MOPAC, here is the first in a new series of female empowerment films created by our passionate group of young women from Barking & Dagenham schools, exploring domestic violence, self-harm, sexual explotation, female genital mutilation and female solidarity.

Arc Theatre presents 'Raised Voices' female leadership project, funded by PHF, produced by Grace Pluckrose-Oliver from Arc Theatre on Vimeo.



Video 14: Funded by the National Express Foundation, following a week of intensive drama workshops with Arc, a group of students aged 14+ from Eastbrook Comprehensive, Jo Richardson and other schools around the Borough first performed their short street theatre piece Above Their Station at Barking Station on Friday 8 August 2014. Filmed and edited by participant Katherine Pirie.


Video 13: Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, from April until October 2012, 23 young women aged 12-18 from five schools across the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham took part in Arc's ground-breaking new female-empowerment project, Finding the Words. Trailer created by participant Jennifer Moss, from the original film by Grace Pluckrose-Oliver.


Video 12: The Making of TRUCE! Tableaux - a new film by O Productions, showing the creative and logistical process behind the multi-media project for young people in Barking & Dagenham, produced by Grennan & Sperandio in partnership with Arc. Funded by A New Direction and Arts Council England, the project's eight completed films were shown on the BBC Olympic Big Screens throughout summer 2012 and can be seen on the Truce Arts website and on YouTube.


Video 11: Funded by A New Direction, Arc worked in partnership with Greenford High School in Middlesex to create a special celebratory drama programme based on the school's historical heroes. Entitled 'Greenford Heroes', the project saw Arc's highly-skilled team of writers, directors and facilitators come together with teachers and 241 Year 8 pupils to create original stories and devise new scripts, leading to an epic performance including all participants


Video 10: Pact by Clifford Oliver, commissioned by British Transport Police. We are pleased to present Arc's mini-documentary exploring the new play, which has been sparked by the many discussions that followed performances of Boy X. Violent crime and gangs continue as central themes in this piece, which enters the challenging and taboo area of 'snitching' and the walls of silence that can prevent identification and conviction of offenders

Video 9: 'The Battle for Barking' Screening. A special event co-hosted by Arc, Studio 3 Arts and The Filim Company at The Malthouse Studios on 2 February. The film was followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker and Margaret Hodge, Labour MP for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (filmed by The Filim Company)


Video 8: Crossing Over by Clifford Oliver. Originally commissioned by Camden Public Safety Team and sponsored by Transport for London, the programme was developed through consultation with young people and parents and focuses on the risks and consequences of distraction and poor judgement when on the street.


Video 7: Changing Spaces. Funded by Well London, Arc worked with a group of young people from LBBDs Heath Ward to create a piece of drama based on the stories of elderly residents. The piece was performed at a community fun day in July


Video 6: Safe - Arc's health & safety film specially commissioned by the Olympic Delivery Authority following extensive tours of primary and secondary schools in the Olympic Host Boroughs. Written by Associate Director Jim Dunk, Safe helped young people understand how to stay safe when living, playing or working near a construction site (filmed by Media Citizens)


Video 5: Arc facilitated a Creative Arts Day in Toulouse with Year 8 pupils from EuroCampus schools, The International School of Toulouse, Deutsche Schule Toulouse and College Victor Hugo


Video 4: The Marvel of Muddy End by Clifford Oliver, directed by Carole Pluckrose - the second Community Play created with and performed by Barking & Dagenham Community Players, funded by the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham in 2010 (filmed by Media Citizens)

Video 3: A special public performance of Boy X by Clifford Oliver, directed by Carole Pluckrose, at Waterloo Station for London Week of Peace 2009, supported by British Transport Police


Video 2: Trading Stories by Clifford Oliver, directed by Carole Pluckrose - the first Community Play created with and performed by Barking & Dagenham Community Players, funded by the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham in 2009


Video 1: Supported by LBBD, Barking & Dagenham Drama Club kicks off our Video Shorts. Member Paige Poole won an Achievement Award and chose a Circus Skills Workshop facilitated by Jose Parra as the group's treat


Films by Grace Pluckrose-Oliver (unless otherwise stated) and hosted on YouTube or Vimeo


Video 1: Barking & Dagenham Drama Club Circus Skills Workshop narrated by member Paige Poole

Video 2: Trading Stories - LBBDs 2009 Community Play

Video 3: Boy X at Waterloo Station for LWoP 2009, funded by BTP

Video 4: The Marvel of Muddy End - LBBDs 2010 Community Play

Video 5: Toulouse Creative Arts Day

Video 6: Safe - teaching young people construction site safety for the Olympic Delivery Authority

Video 7: Changing Spaces - community cohesion drama funded by Well London

Video 8: Crossing Over - road safety commissioned by Camden Public Safety Team and sponsored by Transport for London

Video 9: 'The Battle for Barking' Screening - a special event at The Malthouse with Barking & Dagenham Labour MP Margaret Hodge

Video 10: Pact - commissioned by BTP, this mini-documentary takes a look at the play and its development, including performance and Q&A footage and special interviews

Video 11: Greenford Heroes - a six-week partnership with Greenford High School, funded by A New Direction

Video 12: TRUCE! Tableaux - 'The Making of ' film showing the process behind our exciting young people's project with Grennan & Sperandio

Video 13: Finding the Words - a special trailer created by a project participant, from the original female empowerment film resource

Video 14: Above Their Station - an anti-social behaviour performance project working with local schoolchildren for the National Express Foundation

Video 15: Raised Voices - a powerful new human rights film resource for young people, by young people