Arts & Communities go ahead

acta has just heard that our bid to Arts Council England and Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG), to extend the Get Together programme in Redcliffe and beyond, has been granted. Look out for initial community theatre projects from parents at Hannah More Primary, and with mums at Autism Independence.

With script, or without?

The first in a series of acta Foundation seminars, to bring together experienced practitioners, students, academics and people looking to develop a career in the sector, to share & learn.
Friday 25 April, 2014, 1.30 – 4.30pm at acta centre, Bristol
Devising community theatre – with script, or without?

Gas Girls

acta’s next touring community theatre show previews at the actacentre in March, before touring to Bristol neighbourhoods in June. This WWI centenary show tells a remarkable local story. Box office for all performances is now open, with tickets just £3.

Arnos Vale Cemetery

Stories from The Great War, a new site-specific theatre project in partnership with Arnos Vale, begins in the New Year, with funding from Heritage Lottery Fund.

acta centre extension

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 in Lawrence Weston

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.

Grey Matters

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

gas girls secures Arts Council support

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.

Sahra, a new Somali show

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 success

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.