Above & Beyond: Theatre for social change in Bootle, Birkenhead & Knowsley

Above and Beyond is a multi-faceted community theatre project based in Bootle, Birkenhead and Knowsley providing adults with the opportunity to learn skills, explore issues and make their own theatre. The project is led by a local steering group of local community activists and participants in partnership with Abi Horsfield, Collective Encounters’ Outreach Director.

Above & Beyond is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Read the Interim Evaluation Report for this project.

Above and Beyond Interim Evaluation FINAL

Adult Theatre for Social Change Group

Free, for adults living in Liverpool City Region

Every Wednesday, 1pm – 3pm on Zoom

Alternate Saturdays, 11am – 2pm at St Michael in the City, Upper Pitt Street, L1 5BD

Come and join these fun creative drama workshops. Connect with new people, learn new new skills, and share your thoughts and ideas.

Sessions include activities in acting, improvising, creative writing, group devising, and more. Sometimes we spend time learning skills and trying things out, and sometimes we work towards performances (like The Legend of the Mernix – see below!)

All the workshops are Covid-19 secure. Some workshops are delivered online and others in the room (when it is safe to do so).

Orange and Yellow acrylic paint effect background with a white scrap piece of paper over the top. the text reads Community Chronicles, telling tales of isolation, struggle, community and hope. date 1st March 2023 time: 5:30-7:30pm please: The Black E Liverpool.

Community Chronicles

Join us for Community Chronicles, a culmination of four years’ work with local people and organisations in Bootle, Birkenhead, and Knowsley. Community Chronicles explores four themes: isolation, struggle, community and hope. It asks what do these words mean in challenging times?

Community Chronicles will be performed by local people who have taken part in Collective Encounters’ community theatre activities over the last four years. It tells their tales and the tales of others who are no longer or can’t be with us. It also involves you: this is a participatory event so come prepared to share your story too.

Community Chronicles is part performance/part workshop running from 5.30pm – 7pm.

Recommended for ages 14+.

Access: The Black-E is a wheelchair accessible venue. Audio description is interwoven into the performance.

To get involved, contact Abi or fill in the form below.

    The Legend of the Mernix: a quest for hope in hard times

    The Legend of the Mernix was a digital and walking quest co-created with Above & Beyond participants during Covid-19.

    Watch the legend or click on the link below to take the full quest.


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