digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:


Applied sciences






















Dramatic Need
Founded 2005
Type Non-profit charity
Registration no. 1119443
Area served
Key people
Mission "To provide creative-arts education, resources, support and inspiration for children and youth"
Website dramaticneed.org

Dramatic Need is a UK-registered charity (number 1119443)[1] that sends international arts professionals (such as musicians, artists and actors) to host workshops in underprivileged and rural communities in Africa.[2] The charity promotes creative expression as a tool for conflict resolution, social development, gender empowerment and the assimilation of health messages in underprivileged communities.

Dramatic Need also provides art, music and film-making equipment to schools in South Africa and Rwanda. Volunteers on the Dramatic Need programme work with the children towards producing a performance or exhibition based on the issues that directly affect their communities. The charity has been particularly effective in encouraging young people to discuss and challenge the stigma surrounding HIV/Aids. The Official Patron of Dramatic Need is Her Excellency Dr. Lindiwe Mabuza, former South African High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. The Board of Trustees includes the Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle and South African-born actor Sir Antony Sher.

In an article for The Times in the United Kingdom on 11 November 2008, Dramatic Need trustee Danny Boyle described the charity's aims:

For children - and for many adults - art plays a vital role in helping them to express feelings and difficulties that they aren't otherwise able to articulate. Its importance is never greater than in post-conflict conditions. Of course, water, food, and first aid are essential during a crisis, but none of these things can restore human dignity to a person dying from disease or help a rape victim to cope with their outrage.

To suggest that the only things that maintain our humanity are those that serve our biological needs seems to me palpably incorrect. We are not just what we eat. We are also what we feel, what we fear, what we love and what we hate. Unexpressed tensions find their strength in violence....If there is not a means to move beyond the hatred of the past, we will never move past violence.[3]


Significant supporters of the charity include Josh Hartnett,[4] Helena Christensen and David Walliams. Hartnett has stated that he wishes to volunteer for Dramatic Need in the future.[5]

On 14 November 2010, Dramatic Need sponsored the one time production of The Children's Monologues, directed by Danny Boyle. Held at the Old Vic Theatre in London, it featured the adapted stories of children’s first-hand experiences in South Africa being retold and re-interpreted by and performed by actors such as Sir Ben Kingsley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Gemma Arterton and Eddie Redmayne.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dramatic Need, Registered Charity no. 1119443 at the Charity Commission
  2. ^ "What We Do". Dramatic Need. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Why the Congo needs art as well as food | Danny Boyle". London: Times Online. 2008-11-11. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  4. ^ "Dramatic Need: Celebrity Supporters". Look to the Stars. 
  5. ^ "Josh Hartnett To Art Africa". Looktothestars.org. 2008-11-26. Retrieved 2009-02-24. "Josh Hartnett on Channel 5 News". YouTube.com. 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2010-01-22. 
  6. ^ "The Children’s Monologues". The Crossed Cow. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 

External links[edit]

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dramatic_Need — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.

664 news items

Vail Daily News

Vail Daily News
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:45:02 -0800

“We heard loud and clear there is a dramatic need for year-round housing, and we also heard that Meadow Mountain should continue to be used for recreational and open space,” McGuire said. Local trails enthusiast Lee Rimel was among the supporters of ...

Southland Times

Southland Times
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:56:15 -0800

The board has to some extent been caught in sandstorms beyond its control, like the sudden, dramatic need for the city to rebuild Stadium Southland first, the introduction of tougher earthquake standard requirements, and some whoah-hold-it debate about ...

Latinos Health

Latinos Health
Wed, 27 Jan 2016 03:26:15 -0800

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Kit Harington attends 'The Children's Monologues', Danny Boyle's production inspired by children from rural South Africa in aid of his charity 'Dramatic Need' at Royal Court Theatre on October 25, 2015 in London, ...
Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:22:30 -0800

Although these donations have made various impacts, they are minimal considering the vast size and scope of our city, and the dramatic need that exists. ABOUT DAVID GERGEN David Gergen, CDT and President of Pro Player Health Alliance, has been a ...

Yahoo News UK

Sky News
Fri, 23 Oct 2015 15:33:01 -0700

They are raising money for Dramatic Need, a charity that works with vulnerable children in Rwanda and South Africa, and which uses the arts to address their needs. For the Children's Monologues, 15 children from a poor township in South Africa were ...


Thu, 29 Oct 2015 04:14:44 -0700

But the more disturbing material had a cumulative effect which, ultimately, proved deeply moving. Although tickets cost a minimum of £180, no-one left feeling short-changed. Funds raised will go to Dramatic Need, a charity (Boyle is a trustee) that ...


Mon, 14 Dec 2015 02:41:15 -0800

"I have learned how to discover my emotions, how to speak to people, how to be with people," says student Mothobi Dikoko, whose monologue was read on stage by Benedict Cumberbatch this year when Dramatic Need teamed and the Royal Court Theatre, ...

British Theatre

British Theatre
Mon, 14 Sep 2015 08:45:00 -0700

This moving sequence of monologues in aid of Boyle's arts charity Dramatic Need has been adapted for the stage by a who's who of writers – including Sir David Hare, Neil LaBute, James Graham, Laura Wade, Jack Thorne, Roy Williams OBE and Tanika ...

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!

Searchlight Group

Digplanet also receives support from Searchlight Group. Visit Searchlight