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.

Touring community theatre

High quality and affordable theatre touring to local neighbourhoods, including family shows, schools tours and issue-based work. These projects are as much concerned with audience development, as they are with participation; creating new and relevant theatre.

The Now

September 23 – October 01.
That was then, this is now.. welcome to TheNow
For our 30th birthday, and the opening of the newly extended actacentre, acta has brought together community performers from across the City to take a wry and light-hearted look at the world of 2015 and the last 30 years.

Watch the trailer HERE

Grey Matters

Grey Matters is a two year project that began September 13, making community theatre with older people across six European companies, and sharing work through touring each show to perform in another country. The Malcolm X Elders’ Theatre Company toured their show, Ticky Picky Boom Boom to the ICAF Festival in Rotterdam in March 2014.

Ticky Picky Boom Boom

Monday 29 September, 7:00pm Tickets £3
The final performance of the show that toured Bristol primary schools last year, and performed at the International Community Arts Festival in Rotterdam earlier this year.

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

Ticky Picky Boom Boom

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.

recycled teenagers

recycled teenagers

Generations come together, as the Recycled Teenagers lead acta’s development of new storytelling opportunities in Bedminster. If you have stories to share, live locally in Bedminster, and have a few hours spare each week, now is the time to get in touch. This latest intergenerational project follows a range of other artswork produced over the last few years…

we have overcome

we have overcome

Monday 29 October, 7.30pm
Malcolm X Community Centre

A one-off performance for Black History month; the Malcolm X Elders’ Theatre Company tell their own stories of moving from the Caribbean in the 1960s to make a new home in Bristol.