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‘New Vic Borderlines is saving lives’

Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor of the Crown Prosecution Service
New Vic Borderlines


What do we do?

New Vic Borderlines is the award-winning initiative using theatre in social contexts. It works regionally, nationally and internationally, and is acknowledged as a national model for the ways theatre can be used to work within the community.

It uses theatre to help people find new and positive ways to understand themselves, their communities and their responsibilities.  It challenges destructive and anti-social behaviour, builds self-awareness and self-worth and develops positive attitudes.

“Thank you for giving me my son back”
Mother of a Borderlines participant

Borderlines works with individuals, groups and communities facing challenges – social and economic disadvantage, young people at risk of offending, adults with learning difficulties, and others at risk of being marginalised.

Who do we partner with?

Projects are undertaken in partnership with the widest range of voluntary and statutory agencies. Recent partners have included: British Council, British Crime Concern, Citizenship Foundation, Crown Prosecution Service, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Home Office, Keele University, Magistrates Association, local authorities, National Association for Youth Justice, Warsaw University, international health consortia in Latvia, Finland and Holland.

New Vic Borderlines is a founding partner of CASIC, Keele University’s Community Animation and Social Innovation Centre.

Creative conferences and training

We develop, design and deliver creative conferences and training. These are events that make a real difference.

We work, regionally, nationally and internationally with HR professionals and those responsible for customer/client relationships, training and organisational development in voluntary and statutory agencies and in business.

Award winning work

New Vic Borderlines has won a number of awards for its work, including:

  • British Community Safety Award for achievements in helping to reduce crime;
  • Global Ethics Impetus Award (twice), Citizenship Foundation;
  • Sustainable Staffordshire Award for contributions to a sustainable Staffordshire;
  • Clarion Award, International Institute for Visual Communication;
  • UK Skills for Care National Award for Excellence and Innovation.

Articles on New Vic Borderlines

Arts Council England: 15 Years of Life Changing Art for Local People

New Vic Borderlines You Tube Channel

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Conferences and Training

Creative conferences and training New Vic Borderlines designs, develops and delivers creative conferences and training. These are events that make a real difference. Key…

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KEELE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY ANIMATION & SOCIAL INNOVATION CENTRE Director: Professor Mihaela Kelemen CASIC is a centre for research that builds on existing…

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Regular Groups

Current projects include: Adult and Community Learning Courses All of our courses take place at the New Vic and use creative ideas…

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 6th – 10th March 2017 Message Not Delivered Schools Tour The play explores types of behaviour exhibited by those young people involved in road…

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Past Projects

Recent projects include: 29 July 2016 The Unquiet The Pits have closed, so what is left now? Are the spirits of coal…

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Book Tickets by Date

RT @sot2021: Meet Fran Mills. Fran started @NewVicTheatre Youth Theatre age 11. Now she’s back at theatre starring in #Cyrano #sot2021 http…

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Grand designs

Laura Clarkson and Lis Evans take us behind the scenes on designing The Snow Queen. “Being able to let my imagination run…

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The New Vic to take part in Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme

The New Vic has joined forces with the country’s leading training scheme for aspiring directors – the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme…

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KMF celebrates sponsorship of The Snow Queen with the New Vic

The New Vic Theatre and KMF today celebrated the success of their partnership on The Snow Queen as the award-winning company met…

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RT @sot2021: Meet Fran Mills. Fran started @NewVicTheatre Youth Theatre age 11. Now she’s back at theatre starring in #Cyrano #sot2021 http…