Participatory programmes

We work with young people, homeless people and older people. Offering sustained and long terms participatory programmes locally, using theatre to build confidence, develop skills and explore the issues and ideas which matter to them.


Through Live & Learn we offer a range of participatory arts services to the third age community across the North West. These include:

  • A third age acting company who meet regularly in Liverpool to develop performance skills, and write and produce new plays exploring current social & political issues affecting their community.
  • Theatre workshops in care homes for and community settings for older people
  • Free training for paid and unpaid carers of people living with dementia, exploring and introducing simple exercises that can undertaken with those whom they care for.

Through Live & Learn we collaborate extensively with health and social care providers, to ensure the work is meeting the needs of the third age community.

Collective Encounters also works in partnership with National Museums Liverpool on the House of Memories project.


Transitions offers an incredible range of sustained participatory theatre services to the homeless and recovery community across Greater Merseyside. Through Transitions we

  • Undertake weekly workshops in front-line homeless settings across Greater Merseyside
  • Deliver training and qualifications in a range of performance related and personal development subjects including workshop facilitation; communication, working in a team.
  • Organise work placements for participants with majors arts & heritage organisations across the region
  • Tour a new show each year, which explores issues that are relevant to the homeless and recovery community
  • Deliver mentoring scheme with the aim of offering one-to-one support for participants


We have an extensive youth programme that operates across Greater Merseyside offering:

  • A free weekly youth theatre where 25 young people come together each week to develop skills and make new work for national and international theatre platforms
  • Accredited outreach courses for young people accessing different services or settings
  • The opportunity to work on a range of national and international partnership projects
  • Spring and summer schools for young people working with Liverpool Children’s Services