Dramatic Need is a charity seeking creative solutions to the problems young Africans face and as such we endeavour to be creative in all our fundraising and awareness campaigns.


No boring charity dinner-

auctions for us!


Our previous fundraisers have included building a Victorian Carnival from scratch, original dramatic writing in a highly acclaimed theatrical production:The Children’s Monologues, and unique artwork created by some of the world’s leading artists in our fine art and story-telling project ARTiculate.


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Previous Dramatic Need fundraisers


Our major fundraising initiative of 2013, ARTiculate, culminated in a one-night-only exhibition of original artworks drawing direct inspiration from the testimony of children.  In London on November 27, the Victoria Miro Gallery played host to some of the leading names in British and international art (some of which are pictured above). Across the pond, our partner charity Global Art & Design Project launched with ARTiculate NYC.


Stories describing an important moment or time in a child’s life were collected and shared with our contributing artists, leading to the creation of unique pieces from names including Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley, Jake and Dinos Chapman and Whitney McVeigh.


Dramatic Need invited children to contribute their stories of joy and sadness privately or in front of an audience, anonymously or named, according to their preference.Given the hardships many of these children face on a daily basis, the chance to express their stories and have these stories listened to on a world stage can be both empowering and cathartic.


Through our auction partners Paddle8, the sale of these pieces raised funds towards the charity’s ongoing expansion and the development of a new arts centre in South Africa.


Further information on ARTiculate NYC is available at the Global Art & Design project website.

The Children's Monologues


The Children's Monologues.

Directed by DANNY BOYLE


On Sunday, November 14th, in the lead-up to World Aids Day 2010, 15 extraordinary actors, several award-winning writers and one super-star director came together to present a unique theatrical event in celebration of the work of Dramatic Need and raise money for the Piet Patsa Arts Centre.


Writers including Pulitzer prize winner Lynn Nottage (Ruined), Olivier Award-winning Bola Agbaje (Gone Too Far), Polly Stenham (That Face) and Dennis Kelly (Pulling) adapted 12 powerful monologues from original testimonies written by the children Dramatic Need works with in South Africa.


These were performed by renowned actors including Sir Ben Kingsley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Rose Byrne and Gemma Arterton at the prestigious Old Vic Theatre in London and simultaneously in rural South Africa by the children themselves.


The Children’s Monologues soliloquize young people – some still small children – grappling in their own words with the most appalling truths, while others share cherished moments of rare and short-lived happiness.


This performance was for one-night only, a unique chance to see the collaborative efforts of this remarkable creative team.