PWB is a volunteer run charity that believes in the transforming power of learning and performing the arts. The idea for Performers Without Borders was first developed by Jonny Forbes and Matt Morris in India during the Spring of 2006.
While Jonny was studying in India and Matt was finishing a voluntary project they meet up in Varanasi. Sweltering in the summer heat they formed the idea to fuse their shared interests in performance skills and community development. From this beginning they have found that there is great interest and enthusiasm from the performing community, they are now working to ensure that PWB will be a success.
PWB celebrated its 10 year anniversary in the summer of 2017 (see video above). We have worked with orphanages and schools for OVCs in India for 10+ years, Nicaragua for 4+ years and Kenya for 3+ years. The tours take the form of teaching circus skills and how-to-teach, in order to build a lasting and permanent legacy. We have previously visited Sierra Leone and some of our partner organisations have formed their own troupe of circus performers and have regular weekly skill shares and perform at local events.
Recently (2018) we launched PWB-UK to teach disadvantaged children in the UK and have so far taught several workshops across the country to deaf and blind children.