Our Vision

Our vision is of communities empowered through theatre. We want everybody in Medway and north Kent to have the opportunity to transform their lives by participation in co-created theatre projects and productions with professional theatre artists.

How We Make Shows

Medway is our stage. 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 local people to create the productions with us. Individuals, groups, schools and emerging artists can get involved in any way that fits with their lifestyle or interests. 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.

★★★★ ‘A sharp, impeccably performed and blazingly impassioned piece of theatre…simply terrific.’
— The Times
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
'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
'It helps you learn, it helps you grow and become more of what you want to become.'
— Ruby - Theatre31 Youth Theatre
'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

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