acta Community Theatre

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.

key facts

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.


Gas Girls

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The Gas Girls show was created to commemorate the centenary of World War I in 2014. The project, supported by lottery funding from Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund, included social history research, finding stories of the munitions workers at the Avonmouth u0026 Chittening mustard gas factories. As well as the touring community theatre show, it included a book, exhibition and documentary film.rn

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Grey Matters

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Grey Matters is a two year project that began September 13, making community theatre with older people across six European companies, and sharing work through touring each show to perform in another country. The Malcolm X Elders’ Theatre Company toured their show, Ticky Picky Boom Boom to the ICAF Festival in Rotterdam in March 2014.rn

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Arts u0026 Communities

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A partnership with DCLG and ACE to showcase how quality intercultural and inter-generational participatory arts can achieve stronger and more integrated communities, by providing a shared focus – in Redcliffe and with migrant communities across Bristol.

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Get Together

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Get Together brings together local people from different generations and cultures through a high quality community arts programme, encouraging people to share stories, positive experiences and work together to improve and celebrate the local community.rn

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acta Centre

An old youth centre now functioning as a community theatre and home to arts charity acta Community Theatre.