About us

The history of Ladders

Ladders Young Performers and Writers Club was started in 1992 by Stella East. Since then the club has organised regular weekly arts workshops and events celebrating diversity. The events were planned and delivered by the members, aged 8 to 18, working with professional artists.

There was a brief break from 2009 to 2013 when Stella and Chris moved to Brighton. They re-started the project (based at George Mitchell School) when they returned to Walthamstow in 2013.

Ladders has a strong track record of helping young people into further education, employment, and arts careers – these have included Bismark Anobah who formed his own award-winning dance company, Dwayne Gumbs forming a successful Theatre in Education company, and X-Factor contestant, singer song-writer, Fleur East.

Ladders continues to grow and is supported with from the London Borough of Waltham Forest, Awards for All (Lottery), BBC Children in Need and Arts Council England. The projects include workshops in visual arts, puppetry, drama, dance, African drumming, poetry, story and playscript writing.

The trainees and members have used skills to perform for Ladders’ events celebrating Eid, Caribbean Carnival and Black History Month, Islam Awareness Week and Refugee Week, also with Waltham Forest Arts in Education Network at the Barbican’s Walthamstow Garden Party in Lloyd Park and at the Leyton Big Weekender.