Our Vision

Our vision is of a society where socially excluded communities and young people are empowered by world-class theatre. We believe in democratising the arts, ensuring that everyone has access to the transformative power of creativity.

How We Make Shows

Mostly, we create shows in unconventional ways, and in hidden and forgotten spaces and places, everything from old forts to castles, riversides to car parks.

We bring a small idea and invite people to create the productions with us. Individuals, groups, schools and emerging artists get involved. They might offer their skills, their story or local history, take a leading role alongside a professional performer, support backstage creating costumes, or be part of a mass-dance routine that has been rehearsed in their school’s drama lessons.

'Theatre31 did a great job of making the children feel comfortable and you could see their confidence grow within the session!'
— Year 5 teacher, Queenborough School and Nursery, Sheppey
'Icon has been ahead of the curve in understanding that the arts have a role to play in bringing people together, helping them be heard by telling their own stories in their own way, and in the process creating a sense of pride in place and space.'
— Lyn Gardner, Theatre Journalist
★★★★ ‘It is easy to take for granted the acting skills of a top theatre company. But when actors embody characters as superbly as this, you can’t help but notice.’
— The New Statesman
'It was the first time I got to see drama as something for myself and something I could actively participate in and enjoy.'
— Tef - Icon Youth Theatre (Medway)
‘Icon Theatre has given me new friends, taught me new skills and challenged my lack of self-belief’
— Community Performer
78% of the participating young people said they were more confident and had more friends as a result of the project
— Six Ways To Wellbeing, young people's wellbeing project

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