acta announces plans to extend the acta centre towards Palmerston Street, to make a multi-purpose space available for community events, and as a second rehearsal & performance space. It will also add a bar/lounge area to the foyer, improving the facilities for our theatre audiences, and create dressing room space & cast toilets in a new backstage area.
Young people aged 14 – 19 yrs living in and around Lawrence Weston in North Bristol will be taking part in a new weekly youth theatre project starting September. Thanks to support from the J Paul Getty Jr charitable trust, we are delighted to announce that our youth theatre work will once again be returning to Lawrence Weston.
acta has made a successful bid to the EU Grundtvig Lifelong Learning Fund for Grey Matters, a two year project which will focus on making community theatre with older people. acta will work with our Malcolm X Elders Theatre Co to create the Ticky Picky Boom Boom show, which has been invited to perform at the ICAF Festival in Rotterdam next March
Arts Council Grants for the Arts have announced their support for Gas Girls, acta’s project to commemorate the centenary of the start of WWI; to research, develop, create and perform a touring community theatre show, to tell the story of the women who worked at the mustard gas factory in Avonmouth, North Bristol.
We are delighted to announce that the Get Together Festival on 8 – 13 July will host a new show from the Dutch community theatre company, Rotterdams Wijktheater. Performing at the acta centre on Thursday evening, and a special performance in Somali on Friday morning in Redcliffe.
Phoenix Theatre, our young adults group who have been given the task of creating the next acta centre Christmas show, have secured a new grant from the Portishead Nautical Trust.
On 28 February, an invited audience at the acta centre enjoyed a workshop performance by a new community theatre group set up with Bristol Refugee Rights (BRR). Our partnership with BRR began at the Coast festival last year, when they organised a group visit to come to see the CAN show, Down With The Dictator.
Funding has been secured from Arts Council England (Grants for the Arts) to create a new show with the Malcolm X Elders’ Theatre Company. Elders are keen to explore Caribbean folk stories in their next show, which will perform at the acta centre in November, before touring to schools across Bristol.
acta’s new approach to fundraising, including a friends’ scheme and corporate sponsorship, has taken off this year with a range of individuals signing up to make regular and one-off donations, and businesses starting to come on board. Thank you to
Two films now available to view online: a 20 minute documentary of acta’s international festival of community theatre on 26-29 March, and the Rotterdams Wijktheater secondment to acta in May…