Superheroes: South of the River

Our local project turning the word on the streets into bold and exciting theatre for young local audiences.

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Superheroes: South of the River is a unique cross arts project bringing together theatre, martial arts and comic book storytelling to create new diverse superheroes and superheroines with young people.

Inspired by the lack of representation of BAME and other diverse characters in western comic books and films the project has worked with over 200 young refugees and other young Londoners since 2015.

Maya Productions aims to support the progression of young people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and diverse backgrounds as they develop into artists and cultural leaders of the future.


In Summer 2017 we were thrilled to work with Croydon Disability Youth Project to explore diverse role models and superheroes with a group of disabled young people aged 14 – 18 in Croydon.

The projected aimed to benefit young people by developing a range of creative skills by creating their own superheroes and superhero tales. These were shared in a performance for family, friends and the local community and through the creation of a new comic book: The Great Heroes of Croydon.

Please see below for our video, comic book and impact report. 

View our comic here : The Great Heroes of Croydon


In 2015 we worked with young refugees from Refugee Youth and Young Roots to create a multi-discipline performance about superheroes.

Inspired by this work, Oladipo Agboluaje wrote The Croydon Avengers–a story of three young refugees with amazing powers, determined to save a doomed England. The Croydon Avengers underwent a development process in the Autumn of 2017 with Ovalhouse and Theatre Peckham and is due to go into production in 2018. 

Please see below for our video, comic book and impact report.



Superheroes South of the River from Suzanne Gorman on Vimeo.

See our report here  IMPACT REPORT

View our comic here : Superheroes:South of the River Comic

Photos from Superheroes:South of the River Performance.

Partners have included:

Refugee Youth Click Here,

Theatre Peckham Click Here,

Croydon Youth Arts Click Here

Young Roots Click Here


Photos by Katherine Leedale and Roxanne Grant