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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Two films now available to view online: a 20 minute documentary of acta’s international festival of community theatre on 26-29 March, and the Rotterdams Wijktheater secondment to acta in May…