Cracked 2017

Due to overwhelming popular demand Cracked is back for 6 shows in 2017. Cracked! Cracked: stark, exciting, important theatre for our difficult times. As benefit caps and cuts push more people into homelessness, as it becomes harder just to manage, as anxiety, fear and anger simmer barely below boiling point, the casualties of austerity and […]

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The Social Impact of the Arts in Liverpool report published

In November 2016 Liverpool City Council commissioned Collective Encounters to research the social benefit and impact on communities of the Culture Liverpool Investment Programme (CLIP) 2015/2016. The contents and findings in this report are mainly drawn from existing data held by LCC and research interviews conducted with a small number of arts organisations. – The […]

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Class Act

We have an exciting announcement! Our youth theatre have been working really hard on a new show called Class Act and we are delighted to announce that it will be performed on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th of August in The Black-E Liverpool. What is Class Act? An immersive theatrical experience, with the audience sat […]

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We’re changing our Manifesto

For the past few months I’ve alternately hidden from and immersed myself in the mainstream news media as it reports the failures of our western democracies and the crisis of Capitalism….Trump’s first 100 days, the rise of the extreme right, elections across Europe. I listen avidly as every day something important seems to happen, and […]

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Wealth Is Health Tour 2017

Wealth is Health offers a satirical and fresh look at health inequalities in the UK. Wealth is Health draws upon nine months of field research undertaken in older people’s settings, and desk research into the social and economic factors that influence an individual’s health and life expectancy. Directed by Amanda Redvers Rowe and written by […]

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In Memory of Iain Copeland

We are really sad to announce that a Transitions Core group member and mentor passed away in November 2016. Iain Copeland was great group member, he was funny, intuitive, creative and he said it how he saw it. Through his time with Collective Encounters, he performed in four different plays in a variety of settings. […]

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Arts & Dementia Masterclass

The knowledge of both facilitators was absolutely fantastic. Great day! I feel truly inspired.

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Background and expertise: Over the past 8 years Collective Encounters has amassed considerable experience working in the field of arts and dementia. We have delivered a long-term programme of creative arts workshops with people living with dementia and their carers in community and care home settings; toured performances in care homes; developed performance work to be […]

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Make Your Mark at UK Youth Parliament North West

“It remains the case that more than 400 MPs, 62% of the total, are white men aged over 40 and serving MPs are not representative of the general population’ – Parliament (2016) Over the last ten years there has been a widely held view that young people are apathetic and reluctant to play a role […]

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Collective Encounters on Radio Merseyside.

On Thursday 13th October 2016 Collective Encounters were invited to take part in a panel discussion on the Relationship between arts, health and wellbeing. Transitions member John-Paul spoke in depth about his personal battles, how Collective Encounters has helped him and his own journey to becoming an actor. The link can be found here.

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Abi Horsfield responds to anti-begging posters

Yesterday The Guardian published an article about the recent anti-begging posters put up around Nottingham by the city council, and their subsequent ban by the advertising standards authority after complaints that they were offensive. Nottingham City Councils actions are part of an increasing culture of demonising (and dehumanising) vulnerable homeless people in the UK. Transitions Director Abi […]

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