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.


Upcoming productions:

New group begins October 2023


Mental Health Theatre Group



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


Upcoming productions:



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


Upcoming productions:

Arcola 50+ Community Theatre Company. Come and join us back in Studio 2 and support this wonderful group of passionate performers! 

New group begins September 2023







Giving a theatrical voice to the Turkish and Kurdish communities of East London.


Upcoming productions:

  • None currently scheduled. Check back soon.