Our Work


Collective Encounters is a professional arts organisation specialising in theatre for social change through collaborative practice. We use theatre to engage those on the margins of society, telling untold stories and tackling the local, national and international concerns of our time. There are four main areas to our work:

Participatory programmes: we work with young people, adults and older people offering sustained and long terms participatory programmes, using theatre to build confidence, develop skills and explore the issues and ideas which matter to them.

Productions and events: we mount exciting productions in non-traditional spaces that look to excite, entertain and stimulate debate.

Research: we research theatre for social change practice nationally and internationally with a view to spearheading best practice in the UK.

Training: we use training and capacity building initiatives to develop the capacity of the arts and non-arts sector to deliver high-quality participatory arts activities.