Community Companies - Arcola Theatre

Arcola Participation’s community performance companies provide amazing opportunities to get involved in theatre-making, and to learn from experienced professionals.

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 professionals to present new work or re-imagined productions that shatter expectations and challenge preconceptions. This culminates in the annual Creative Disruption Festival, which takes over Arcola Studio 2 for a month of thrilling work.

Queer Collective

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

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Mental Health Theatre Group

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

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50+ Group

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

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

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Women’s Company

Exploring female identities and experiences through theatrical forms and collective voices.

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