Creative Disruption - Arcola Theatre

Creative Disruption is a festival of stories from Arcola’s community companies.

It’s produced by Arcola Participation, Arcola’s award-winning youth, schools and community programme, which creates over 13,000 opportunities a year for local people and young artists to get involved in the performing arts.

There are ten exciting shows in the 2020 line-up. Explore them below.

10 – 15 February 2020

An Arcola Queer Collective production, devised by the company – bringing together our collective excitement, joy and fears for a (Queer)topia, we reflect on contemporary issues in society…

10 – 15 February 2020

When your favourite queer club is on the brink of closure, it’s the last night for you to go wild… A devised production from the Arcola Queer Collective.

17 – 19 February 2020

“You may hear what time of day it is: the chimes of Bedlam goes…”
Arcola Mental Health Company present an adaptation of Thomas Middleton and William Rowley’s ‘The Changeling

20 – 22 February 2020

The ancient world is gripped by a seemingly interminable war. With the men of Athens serving in the forces, the women of the city can take no more… This Greek Comedy is presented by the Arcola 50+ Company.

23 – 27 February 2020

The supernatural madness of Shakespeare’s enduring classic is brought to life at the seaside with a cast of Turkish characters. A translation from Can Yücel brought to stage by the Ala Turka Company.

28 – 29 February 2020

In the heart of the city but feeling lost at sea. Closed doors, open roads, echoes and stars that forget to shine. A new production from Clean Break’s Young Artists.

2 – 6 March 2020

A woman had her memory deleted. She doesn’t recognise anyone. Unknown visitors appear; can she trust them? Devised by the Arcola Women’s Company.

2 – 6 March 2020

You’re born a girl. You grow up. You grow old. You die. But who is in control of your story? Arcola Women’s Company presents Jemma Kennedy’s ‘Second Person Narrative’.

9 – 11 March 2020

From classic fairy tale conundrums to saving the environment, Arcola Youth Theatre present four enterprising stories about facing adversity.

12 – 15 March 2020

Jamie and Ben dream of becoming heroes. Their mates just want to binge drink the night away. Arcola Academy presents Roy Williams’ play written in response to Much Ado About Nothing.


15 February 2020

“Pattern Up”  is an urgent exploration of family, violence, race and personal redemption.

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