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 and we create shows in unconventional, 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.

Who We Work With

Our work mainly takes place in deprived areas of Medway focusing on under-represented adults, families and young people who face significant socio-economic disadvantage, exclusion or have low arts engagement.

All of Icon’s work is made in partnership with highly skilled freelance artists and arts organisations, recent collaborations include projection artists Novak (Lumiere), spoken word artist Brenda Birungi, composer Darren Clark (Lyric Hammersmith, National Theatre), designer Sarah Booth (Albany, The Egg, Liverpool Unity), visual artist and Queen’s Award winner Wendy Daws (Turner Contemporary), music director Tania Holland Williams (Garsington, Byre Opera), choreographer Valentina Golfieri (Arthur Pita, Protein Dance, Clod Ensemble), IdeasTest, Square Pegs Arts, D-Live, Medway African and Caribbean Association and Dante or Die.

‘Icon Theatre has given me new friends, taught me new skills and challenged my lack of self-belief’
— Community Performer
★★★★ ‘A sharp, impeccably performed and blazingly impassioned piece of theatre…simply terrific.’
— The Times
★★★★ ‘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
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
‘It has been lifechanging. Lady Unchained has helped get my life changed, I’ve started to look for opportunities on the outside, and see that there is life after prison.’
— Young Artist, Cookham Wood Young People’s Theatre Programme
'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

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