In 2018 TVF collaborated with The University of Goldsmiths (Applied Theatre Department, and Widening Participation team), Lewisham Borough Council and Virtual Schools to run a residential that offered nine care- experienced young people the opportunity to spend a weekend on campus, gaining insights into student life and learning. Over two days, the group participated in verbatim theatre, visual art and other reflective drama-based activities to explore their experiences and feelings about the future, including themes such as power, authority, and identity. The WideningParticipation team also advised and supported them in conversations around their future aspirations. It culminated in an informal performance with peers, university staff, social workers, virtual school staff, and foster parents/ carers.
The project was such a success that the Goldsmiths team ran another residential in 2019, using the TVF method. They also made changes in the Widening Participation department by bringing young people on to their board, and created a regular drama club for young people in the local area.