Position Papers

Click in the links below to download Sarah Thornton’s position papers on Collective Encounters’ Theatre for Social Change practice.

What is Theatre for Social Change?

Can the arts change things and should they try?

What needs to change?

Making the case for large-scale professional productions within the applied theatre sector?

Collective Encounters: From the personal to the political

Vive la theatre! A valuable weapon in the armory of change

Whats the Academy got to do with it?


Arts and Dementia: Bringing Professional Arts Practice into Care Settings an on-line publication

Regeneration in Context: a resource for artists and community workers exploring the world of regeneration and the role of arts within it.

Exchanging Engagement: Alternative Arts Practice in Latin America

Hogewey Care Village: Approaches to Arts & Dementia Care in The Netherlands

An Investigation of Ethical Dilemmas in Evaluating Applied Theatre


Great Art For Everyone: What’s the problem? Provocation given by Sarah Thornton to Arts Council England regional gathering, Manchester.

Addressing place-related challenges and the impact on participation: barriers, boundaries and bridges paper given to the Participation in the Arts, Knowledge Exchange Place and Participation Seminar, Liverpool.

The Reciprocal Benefit of Culture and Ageing: Giving and Taking in Collective Encounters’ Third Age Theatre paper written by Sarah Thornton and presented by Prof. Bill Chambers (CE Chair) to the University Network of the European Capitals of Culture 6th Annual conference, Slovenia.