I joined the Company as a volunteer on acta’s Council of Management around the time of this summer 91 newsletter. Easton Kids’ Theatre (EKT), Knowle West Drama Group and Kingswood Youth Theatre produced some of the first acta shows that I saw, and I remember some difficult meetings as the Company approached the end of a project funded by the Department of Education & Science, that had been led by three new workers, George, Ines and Kerrie. (Kerrie left to go off on a world tour with Rod Stewart, and came back some years later to act as Chair of the Council of Management.)
Neil and Kez were leading acta’s programme from an old classroom at Lockleaze School, which was used as office, store and workshop.
Kez provided all the illustrations for this newsletter, and the bright yellow acta splash logo! There remained a real focus on work with young people, although other work was being tested too: As well as EKT, Knowle West and Kingswood, it includes reports on theatre work with homeless people at Bristol Cyrenians, When To Say No and an intergenerational project at Hillfields youth club, South Wansdyke news, a play in a week with young people in Avonmouth, and a youth theatre for young disabled people at Barton Hill Settlement.