Collective Encounters Masterclass Programme 2017

Background and expertise: Collective Encounters specialises in Theatre for Social Change and is committed to developing innovative and exemplary participatory practices. Over the last 11 years the company has shaped its own unique approach through collaborating with a wide range of vulnerable and marginalised communities, and has gained an excellent reputation both nationally and internationally […]

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Greetings from Skellefteå! – An update on part two of our Swedish Exchange from Youth Theatre members

  A quick update (in-between theatre making, storytelling, snow fights and warming meals) from two Youth Theatre members on what they’ve been up to during part two of their exchange with Västerbottensteatern British/Swedish Culture & Weather Mark   Greetings from Skellefteå! All is well and we’re enjoying the abundant snow from just outside the Arctic Circle. Some are […]

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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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Animation Project with Sefton Young Carers

“I personally feel very proud of myself”


Last Summer we worked with PSS to deliver animation workshops with Sefton Young Carers. Over 10 sessions the young people worked with professional film maker Annie Woodson to learn animation techniques such as green screen and stop motion. Under the direction of Collective Encounters Youth Theatre Director Ben Mellor they created characters and developed a […]

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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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Saturday 21st January 2017 Background and expertise: Over the past 6 year 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 with dementia and their carers in community and care home settings; toured performances in care homes; developed […]

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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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Make Your Mark!

Make your Mark offers young people across the North West the chance to directly influence the decision makers that shape their lives. Make Your Mark will use a theatre technique called Legislative Theatre as a means to communicate young people’s views on current social and political issues to local councillors, MP’s, MEP’s and civil servants […]

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Youth Theatre Perform Changing Words at The Everyman

Last month saw the culmination of our Clore-Duffield Literature Awards-funded project, Changing Words. For the last six months, youth theatre members have been exploring the work of political playwrights past and present, receiving writing masterclasses from artists including Luke Wright, Rommi Smith and Lizzie Nunnery and writing their own original pieces of political theatre. These […]

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