MPAC: Collective Encounters: Rediscovering the Radical 2020: Theatre for Social Change Summer School

MPAC: Collective Encounters: Rediscovering the Radical 2020: Theatre for Social Change Summer School

MPAC: Collective Encounters: Rediscovering the Radical 2020: Theatre for Social Change Summer School

Date(s): 16.7.20 - 17.7.20
Time(s): 11:00 - 17:30

This Summer School will develop participants’ ability to use theatre to contribute to radical social and political change in the 21st Century


Over the course of the two days participants will develop their practice in specific Theatre for Social Change techniques including:

• Verbatim and Documentary Theatre

• Living Newspapers

• Legislative and Forum Theatre.

They will explore:

• the ethical considerations of making Theatre for Social Change

• ways and means of achieving social and political impact with the work

• the challenges of making radical theatre within the current neo-liberal political climate.

They will be supported to situate themselves and their work within current practice and on a rich historical trajectory of radical Theatre for Change, and begin to build a network of peer support.

Who is it aimed at?

Rediscovering the Radical is aimed at artists working in community contexts, political artists and creative activists, theatre makers and social change campaigners looking to develop new practice or to expand and refresh existing practice.


16th July 2019: 11am – 6pm

17th July 2019: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Refreshments & a light lunch will be provided on each day.

Participants will need to arrange their own accommodation. If you need help with this please contact 0151 345 6266 or

Course Leaders

Sarah Thornton is founding Artistic Director of Collective Encounters. She established the company in 2004 to make exciting, collaborative theatre and explore its potential to contribute to social change. Her work with the company has drawn on her varied background which over the past 20 years has included applied work in diverse community contexts, devising and directing professional theatre, university lecturing and practice-as-research.

Aidan is a musician, songwriter/composer and performance maker, taking inspiration from world wide cultural movements, and the history, identity and undocumented stories of particular communities and environments.  For Collective Encounters he has worked on ‘Other Ways Of Telling’, ‘Break Free’, and ‘What If?’. He is a core member of Virtual Migrants, a Manchester based Digital Arts Association that explores issues of race, migration and globalisation. He also also works with the Threepenny Festival Association (3PF). Founded in 2013 to look at artistic responses to austerity, it has since developed into a solidarity organisation that works in partnership with  people affected by fracking in the UK, and indigenous people in Latin America around issues of extractivism and environmental justice.

For more information, or if you have difficulty with the fees please call us on 0151 345 6266 or email Harriet [at]

Participants from last years summer schools said:

“It was enormously enjoyable AND useful. Horse + Bamboo have such a visual history and lots of the imagery really resonated with that past. I’ve had a missing organisational link for a while between our radical, outdoor, rural roots, the small scale puppet shows we have made in theatre spaces over the last few years and the developing theatre space and community building in which we host so many activities and communities. I think you have given me my missing link.”

Esther Ferry Kennington, Horse and Bamboo