Communities and individuals collaborating as equal partners with professional artists is at the heart of everything we do, be that making large-scale immersive productions; running Theatre31, one of five Arts Council-funded Youth Performance Partnerships; or our ongoing participatory theatre projects in schools, drop-in centres, and criminal justice settings. We aim to reach those who face significant socio-economic deprivation and exclusion.

Each year, we are co-commissioned with other locally based arts companies to create a much-loved interactive Christmas show for early years children that is performed at The Brook Theatre in Chatham.

Icon is a Medway-based company and in 2022 will celebrate our twentieth anniversary.

Photo credit: Simon Kelsey

Our Vision

Our vision is for everybody in Medway and north Kent to have the opportunity to enrich their lives by being involved in theatre workshops, projects and productions, collaborating as equal partners with professional theatre artists.

We want to enable co-created theatre that is a catalyst for people and places to grow, and is genuine, relevant and transformative for participants, audiences, and artists – community empowered by theatre.

★★★★ ‘A sharp, impeccably performed and blazingly impassioned piece of theatre…simply terrific.’
— The Times
‘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 Theatre has given me new friends, taught me new skills and challenged my lack of self-belief’
— Community Performer
★★★★ ‘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

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