acta Foundation blog

Workers from our workplace learning programme, acta Foundation, are invited to blog about their experiences of working for acta. Meet Maya Khatun and Aqeel Abdulla, our 17/18 drama workers, and Sara Snook, Director’s Assistant. Also read past blogs from Donna Thompson, Jody Cook, Tracey Harvey, Aiden Connor, Rosalie Pordes, Kathryn Hopkins; and Kat Bray.


Refugee Engagement and integration Through Community Theatre, in partnership with Rotterdams Wijktheater (Holland) and Centro per lo Sviluppo Creativo Danilo Dolci (Sicily); acta co-ordinated an EU Creative Europe community theatre programme for refugees to share their stories with host communities. The project included a sharing event in Bristol in March 2018, and a documentary film.

Gas Girls

Created to commemorate the centenary of World War I in 2014. The project, supported by lottery funding from Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund, included social history research, finding stories of the munitions workers at the Avonmouth & Chittening mustard gas factories. As well as the touring community theatre show, it included a book, exhibition and documentary film.

South Korea

Blog from Rosalie Pordes, acta Projects Director, about a new international project development in Busan, South Korea.

Debate and discussion

community oriented arts & social transformation (coast)

COAST links acta with three European partners who provide a platform for the creation of original theatre with socially excluded and marginalised people, and enabled the first international festival of community theatre in Bristol in March. In 2017, COAST was awarded prestigious ‘success story’ status by EU Creative Europe.

Sailors’ Tales

Sailors’ Tales, an intergenerational community theatre show supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, November 2016. Based on research and stories collected from sailors, ex-sailors and their families in North Bristol.
Includes a project film.

Festival – theatre from the heart

On 13-16 June 2016, people interested in learning more about community theatre across the UK – students, practitioners, academics, participants – gathered for a festival at actacentre, to share learning and to celebrate the diversity of original community theatre.

Arts & Communities

A partnership with DCLG and ACE to showcase how quality intercultural and inter-generational participatory arts can achieve stronger and more integrated communities, by providing a shared focus – in Redcliffe and with migrant communities across Bristol.


Methods of Education for Disadvantaged Adults Rooted in Theatre, under the Erasmus+ EU Programme, 2015-17.
This project was completed in Summer 2017, with the publication of an online methodological guide.

get together at actacentre

Get Together brings together local people from different generations and cultures, encouraging people to share stories, positive experiences and work together to improve and celebrate the local community. A second Big Lottery Reaching Communities programme began September 2015.