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This full day workshop combines presentations from tutors, peer-action-learning and practical exercises, which will:

  • introduce diverse approaches to making collaborative theatre, illustrated with national and international case studies
  • explore the practical and ethical challenges of making excellent theatre in community contexts
  • introduce the practicalities of co-creation and explore the ethics of making political art with marginalised individuals and groups.

Who is it aimed at?

This workshop is aimed particularly at artists working in communities, theatre makers, activists interested in using theatre as a tool for change.


10:30 – 4:30pm

Course Leader

Sarah Thornton is founding Artistic Director of Collective Encounters. She established the company in 2004 to make exciting, collaborative theatre and explore its potential to contribute to social change. Her work with the company has drawn on her varied background which over the past 20 years has included applied work in diverse community contexts, devising and directing professional theatre, university lecturing and practice-as-research.

Previous participants on this training course have said:

“I have been able to tease out real social impact of my work and I feel I am able to articulate this in a meaningful way.” Workshop Participant

“The session has helped me clarify my practice and I feel invigorated to go back and apply the learning.” Workshop Participant


£105 – Representatives from private sector organisations, Arts Council National Portfolio Organisations, HE, FE and Local Authorities

£80 – Individual Freelance Practitioners