Sudanese Youth Theatre

Sudanese youth theatre

acta associate, Hiba Elhindi, led acta’s first Sudanese youth theatre in Autumn 2019, with support from Quartet Community Foundation. Hiba hopes to develop the project further, together with acta colleagues, the children and their families.


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.


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.


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.


The EAR partnership (2019 – 20), supported by Erasmus Plus, aims to enhance the ability of teachers in schools across Europe to teach citizenship using drama techniques.
With partners in Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy.

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.