Vision & mission


We transform lives and strengthen communities, by supporting people to make and experience world class theatre and participatory arts.


We co-create high quality, contemporary new work with communities and young people.

Based in Medway, we work with disadvantaged and excluded communities across north and east Kent.  Much of our activity takes place in central Chatham, focusing particularly on adults, families and young people who face significant socio-economic deprivation and exclusion.

Led by our founder and Artistic Director Nancy Hirst, we believe that the stories we tell about ourselves can help to define who we are.  Our shows often explore social inequalities and injustices which demand societal change.

Whether we’re working in a community centre, a PRU, an old fort or a drop-in centre, we support people to develop strong, authentic voices.   Participants gain personal, social, professional and creative skills that often lead to education and employment, as well as an increased sense of empowerment which acts as a catalyst for further social change.

Rooted firmly in our local neighbourhood, our branches spread further afield.  Individual stories reflect global experiences, and we connect with communities across the UK to develop national and international partnerships which invigorate our work and ensure we remain innovative, excellent and inspirational.


All  our  activities  are  brought  together  by  common  values  and  a  shared  approach.     We  create  high  quality  work  that promotes the authentic voice of participants and reflects a genuine sense of place.

We strive to be:

  • empowering and collaborative
  • inclusive
  • excellent and inspirational.


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