A community youth theatre company has launched in Mitcham with pizza and punch.

Free refreshments were provided by The ReachOut Project that has launched the new youth-led company at the St Mark’s Family Centre in St Mark’s Road.

Ambitious young people in the Merton area have been given the opportunity to contribute their opinions towards developing a mission statement and a purpose for the theatre company, along with the way that it is run.

The theatre company has been made possible by creative director and session facilitator Lorraine Keene, who at 25 years old has been involved with facilitating various groups in the Mitcham arts community.

Growing up in Mitcham, she said there is a lack of community clubs in the area compared to other boroughs and so she is filled with excitement at the prospect of beginning this journey for young people.

Miss Keene said: "I hope that the young people feel fulfilled and have felt that they have had a valuable story to tell and that they have connected with each other and their community."

The project aims to empower the children by allowing them to engage, express and create pieces of theatre under their own direction.

Weekly sessions for youngsters aged 12 years to 16 years old will be run by Mitcham-based community theatre company IntegrARTy on behalf of The ReachOut Project and will be held every Monday from 4.30pm to 6pm following the launch on Monday, March 3.