acta community theatre.
how we work
acta uses the power of theatre to change people’s lives. We do this by involving people in creating their own original plays and performance projects. Our unique ability to actively involve the hardest to reach sections of society is universally admired and respected.
We believe that theatre belongs to everyone, and everyone has a story to tell. Their voices are often not heard, so acta creates a place where everyone’s story matters, where individual opinions and experiences count, and are valued by others. We enable communities to share their stories, and engage at least 4 out of 5 audience members who rarely attend theatre.
Our projects create positive change in individuals, raising aspirations and improving skills, confidence, self-worth & employability; we enable people to work together, make theatre and have fun.
‘acta belongs among the foremost community arts companies in Europe. The Utrecht Community Art Lab commend acta for their important work and regard the organization as a crucial factor in the further development of community arts in Europe.’
Dr. Eugene van Erven, Research director, Community Art Lab, & Senior Lecturer in Theatre, Utrecht University.
our core principles
acta’s programme of work is underpinned by the following core principles:
Access – providing opportunities to create, engage with and enjoy the arts; we ensure our programme is affordable, relevant, reflective and proactive
Participation – active creative involvement in making original theatre and art; building skills, self-esteem & employability for individuals; bringing people together for a common purpose, building confidence & pride of place.
Diversity – acta seeks to redress balance of engagement in arts by targeting opportunities at excluded communities. The Company supports the creative case for diversity; the arts need people from all sections of the community, keeping work fresh, bringing in new ideas, influences & cultures.
Quality – creating and producing art of the highest quality, providing the highest quality of participant experience and collaborating with well-respected theatre-makers.
Last year acta:-
- Worked with nearly 1000 participants
- Delivered over 750 workshops
- Created 16 original theatre shows, with a total of 38 performances
- Attracted a total audience of nearly 3,000 people.
Arts u0026 Communities
An old youth centre now functioning as a community theatre and home to arts charity acta Community Theatre.