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, 2pm – 4pm on Zoom

Once a month on a Saturday, 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).

Free training: creativity with communities

Click on the titles to find out more about these workshops, intended for people who volunteer or work with people in the community and would like to embed creativity into their practice. New dates will be announced soon. Join our mailing list to make sure you are the first to hear.

Thursday 10th March 10am – 1pm
Creativity for fun when working with groups
Venue: A Place of Contribution at Make it Happen, Birkenhead, CH41 6AE

Friday 18th March 10am – 1pm
Creativity to get group members sharing ideas
Venue: MDI, 24 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BX

Friday 25th March 10am – 1pm
Creativity in evaluation
Venue: MYA SPACE, 106 Marsh Lane Bootle L20 4JQ

Friday 1st April 10am – 1pm
Creativity to build a group
Venue The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX

Call Abi on 07849 094903 for details
Email Abi – abi[@]collective-encounters.org.uk for details

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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