Collective Encounters is a professional arts organisation specialising in theatre for social change through collaborative practice. We use theatre to engage those on the margins of society, telling untold stories and tackling the local, national and international concerns of our time. There are three main areas to our work: Participatory workshops: we work with young people, homeless people and older people locally using theatre to build confidence, develop skills and explore the issues and ideas which matter to them. Productions: we mount exciting productions that explore pressing social and political concerns, often transforming non-theatre spaces into magical performance places. Research: through academic and practical research we contribute to the wider national and international field of theatre for social change and spearhead best practice in the UK. Involved in With One Voice.
Through our Transitions project we offer an extensive programme of work with people who have experienced poor mental health and addiction and the homeless community. This includes accredited training, performances in hostels and day centre settings and a work placement and mentoring scheme.