Blog – 35 stories for 35 years

acta will celebrate its landmark 35th anniversary in September 2020, and over the next 12 months, as part of our plans to mark the event, Artistic Director and Founder Neil Beddow will be writing about the work of the company – a story for each of the 35 years. First story: Everything has to start somewhere…


Wednesday 25 September, 1 – 4pm
Who’s Included?
With guest speaker Zahra Ash-Harper (Inclusion Producer, Watershed) and acta associates at the next free acta centre seminar (the last in the current series.)


acta Company announce Clippies, a new centenary show about the Tramways riots of 1920 – a forgotten and scandalous chapter of Bristol history.
Previews 18 & 19 November, before a longer run of performances in May.

EU Creative Europe

A new two year partnership, RAPPORT, starts this Autumn, bringing together refugees and migrants with host communities, making and sharing theatre across Europe.

AGM and Party

All acta participants and members are invited to join us (NB children must be accompanied by an adult) on Wednesday 17 July, 6.30 – 9.00pm, at the actacentre, for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Summer Party.

Making TIme

Children from our local school, Compass Point, came over recently for storytelling and history sharing workshops presented by the Making Time elders. The children wrote back to the elders afterwards with some lovely feedback. The elders told us how much they enjoyed sharing memories with local children.

We Have Overcome, the tour

We are delighted to announce that We Have Overcome, the revived Malcolm X Elders’ show, has secured funds to tour to five Bristol schools.

We will also be taking it back to perform again at the Malcolm X Centre in St Pauls and a to Lcokleaze for a second community performance.


Erasmus Plus investment secured for two exciting new international partnerships, Healing Wounds and EAR.

Both projects will share acta’s expertise in drama workshop delivery, offering practical training courses at acta in Bristol, as well as development of digital tools that will enable us to share and learn far more widely.


Next seminar Wednesday 12 June 1.30pm – 4.30pm 

acta and University of Exeter Drama Department are proud to present an extra special international seminar, to consider community theatre and arts in rural and urban communities, with a specific focus on the USA and Europe.

CPD workshops

Next free CPD will be Wednesday 15 May (10:30 – 12:30) – Heritage: making theatre from a historical story.

Part of a series of open access workshops for practitioners; an opportunity to work with the acta artistic team; regular sessions throughout the year.