A three year programme (2020 – 22) supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, offers new opportunities for acta associates to deliver projects to engage a diverse mix of new participants in making their own original theatre.
Plus a new foundation post, outreach programme, facilitator training course, seminars and another acta festival in 2022.

Young Carers Youth Theatre

young carers

Youth theatre has always been at the heart of our work, and over the last two decades, we have developed a commitment to providing a youth theatre for young carers across the City, as well as additional intensive holiday-time projects.


Refugee arts with participants and practitioners open to integration.
A two year partnership, Autumn 2019 – 2021, bringing together refugees and migrants with host communities, making and sharing theatre across Europe, supported by EU Creative Europe.

Creation in Isolation

Creation in Isolation

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, we have turned to alternative methods to keep our work going, even when the doors to the acta centre were closed.

Check out what we’ve been up to… through Spring/Summer 2020.

Lockleaze Stories

Lockleaze Stories

Lockleaze Stories, making community theatre in Lockleaze, North Bristol, since 2016.

Led by acta associates Jody Cook and Tracey Harvey.
Shows include Down Our Road, Gainsborough Girls, Fairytale TV Takeover and Drowning In Debt.

An open access group for adults living in and around Lockleaze.

Phoenix Youth Theatre

Phoenix Theatre

Phoenix is acta’s open access theatre company for young adults aged 16 – 25 years.
Shows: The Dream Queen (2013);
Lost, Not Forgotten, at Arnos Vale Cemetery (2014);
Wishing for Winter (2015);
Three Green Bottles (2016);
A Bit of Imagination (2017);
The Underworld (2018);
Tree of Life (2019).

Older people theatre

Making Time

For isolated or lonely people, and supported by a local volunteer team, a participatory arts session for people to come together to share stories and be creative, also with a hot meal and minibus transport.
Making Time delivers a range of intergenerational project initiatives.

Lockleaze Youth

Lockleaze Kids & Youth Theatre

Two projects for children and young people in Lockleaze, North Bristol, delivered by acta associate Jody Cook and acta Projects Director, Rosalie Pordes.

Malcolm X Elders

Malcolm X Elders

Our theatre company of African Caribbean elders who attend the Malcolm X Elders Forum at the MX Community Centre in St Pauls, Bristol.
The Malcolm X Elders Theatre Co have created nine shows with acta over the last decade, and continue to make new theatre to share their stories across Bristol and beyond.


How Clippies came about…

Neil Beddow, who has co-devised the Clippies show with Ingrid Jones and acta Company, and written the script, tells the story of acta’s latest centenary show.