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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

To discuss your ideas with New Vic Borderlines,
contact Adhia Mahmood

tel: 01782 381368

In this section

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: Active citizens Working with the British Council, New Vic Borderlines is one of 12 UK organisations delivering the Active citizens programme.…

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Yizkor developed with the support of the Imperial War Museum Fellowship in Holocaust Education  “accurate, moving, engaging and relevant”  Ruth-Anne Lenga, Head of…

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Past Projects

Recent projects include: FACE2FACE 10th Birthday Celebration New Vic Borderlines has been working with parents of children with disabilities or life-limiting conditions…

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Book Tickets by Date

RT @TheresaHeskins: What a first rehearsal week! New play dancing off the page; determined company dancing their socks off. Thanks all

Latest News

Top marks for Park Hall Primary pupils!

Schoolchildren scooped top marks after taking a trip to see the New Vic’s Robin Hood & Marian dressed as their favourite characters. Pupils…

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Borderlines to perform at national Holocaust centre

New Vic Borderlines have been invited to perform powerful documentary drama Yizkor at the national Holocaust centre. Borderlines will be presenting the…

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Fifteen Digital join Robin Hood on-stage

The New Vic has celebrated the success of action-packed Robin Hood & Marian with sponsors Fifteen Digital. The award-winning Fifteen Digital team…

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RT @TheresaHeskins: What a first rehearsal week! New play dancing off the page; determined company dancing their socks off. Thanks all