Lockleaze Stories

Drowning in Debt: The story

“What a hard hitting show. Fabulous cast. Loved the show. Was very powerful. 10/10.” Drowning in Debt: bitten by sharks…where did their story begin?

CPD Course

Community Theatre course

A practical introduction to community theatre, suitable for beginners and those looking to refresh their facilitation skills.
A FREE Wednesday morning course (10 – 12 at acta centre), 10 weeks in term-time, February – May.
Led by Neil Beddow and Ingrid Jones. Places are limited.

RAPPORT Barcelona

Rapport in Barcelona

Last week, our Projects Director, Rosalie Pordes travelled to Barcelona alongside Artistic Director, Neil Beddow, to spend a week with our RAPPORT partner in Barcelona: Tantarantana…

Judging without knowing

the true story

Judging without Knowing tours to London in February. Why is there so much interest in more performances of this show, first created and performed by Somali women and acta in 2019?

Behind the Scenes

Behind The Scenes at acta; a one-off documentary featuring staff and participants from groups at acta centre, in Lockleaze and members of the Malcolm X Elders. Radio 4 suggests acta is making “theatre in reverse.” What do you think?


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.)

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…


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.