Community Companies

Arcola Participation’s community performance companies provide amazing opportunities to get involved in theatre-making, and to learn performance skills and work as part of an ensemble.
Arcola Theatre have been pioneers in targeted community theatre since our inception in 2000. We currently run five community theatre companies and each group works with theatre facilitators to present new work or re-imagined productions that shatter expectations and challenge preconceptions.

Queer Collective

East London’s performance collective for LGBTQI* people, exploring queer identity and how to present it theatrically.

New group begins in May 2024.

Mental Health Theatre Group

Using theatre as a vehicle to tackle the stigmas surrounding mental health.

The Group is currently full.  Please check again in the future.

50+ Group

A space for East London residents over the age of 50 to explore theatre and performance.

Arcola 50+ meet at Arcola Theatre on Wednesday evenings 7pm-9pm
Sessions cost £60 per term. Bursaries and concessions available, please email for details,
Please email for more information

The Group is currently full.  Please check again in the future.

Arcola Refugee Company

Giving a theatrical voice to the refugee communities of East London.  Please email for more information.