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 is rare among professional theatres for its management of long-running community theatre companies, and for its annual productions of new shows by every company. The Creative Disruption Festival, which sees a community ‘takeover’ of one of Arcola’s main performance spaces for five weeks, is returning for a fifth successive year.

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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