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.

Adult Theatre for Social Change Group: Free, every Wednesday, 2pm – 4pm, for adults

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

All the workshops are Covid-19 secure. Some workshops are delivered online and others in the room (when it is safe to do s0).

Training & Creative Workshops for Community Groups: On demand.

If you run or take part in a group based in Bootle, Birkenhead, Prescot, Huyton, or Kirkby, and would like to try out new creative activities, please get in touch. We can offer one-off workshops or short courses which use creativity to explore themes such as:

  • Getting creative online
  • Using creativity to find out what communities need
  • Developing personal confidence
  • Engaging new people in your activities
  • IT & technical skills
  • Creativity & civic engagement
  • Performance skills

We can also deliver training on creativity, facilitation and creative workshop practice to volunteers and workers in community and public settings.

Above & Beyond is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Read the Interim Evaluation Report for this project.

Above and Beyond Interim Evaluation FINAL

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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