Participation - Arcola Theatre

Arcola Participation is Arcola’s community, youth and schools programme.

Each year we offer thousands of opportunities for the people of Hackney, East and North East London to participate in the arts.

We are committed to challenging assumptions about what youth and community theatre can (and should) be, while providing opportunities to learn, train and perform under the guidance of world-class artists.

We aim to deliver high-quality productions that resonate both locally and globally, whilst maintaining Arcola’s welcoming and inclusive ethos.

Arcola Participation are excited to present their Spring term performances to friends and family at Arcola Outside this March 2022. See below links to book tickets for Arcola 50+ community theatre company and Arcola Youth Theatre. 

Arcola Mental Health Community Theatre Company welcoming new participants!

Arcola Theatre are inviting adults who would like to be part of a theatre group and who have experience of poor mental health to join this community theatre company. The weekly sessions will provide a safe space for participants to share their experiences of mental health issues, challenge the stigma around mental health and collaboratively create a performance to perform to the public at four outside locations.

Weekly sessions begin Thursday 26th May 7pm-9pm until August 2022

Open to residents of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. Travel expenses available to participants

Places are limited so to express your interest in joining the group or for more information please email

Arcola is also a signatory of the Family Arts Standards and Age-Friendly Standards, as well as an Artsmark Supporter and Arts Award Centre.

If you have any questions about Participation at Arcola, email

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