Transforming lives and strengthening communities
We work with participants in north Kent who have often experienced severe income deprivation, life in care, speak English as a second language, have refugee or asylum seeker status, or are disabled. Many of our young adults are at risk of exclusion, some have already been excluded and many remain not in education, employment or training (NEET).
We run a broad range of participatory arts activities for these participants, including projects delivered directly on housing estates, weekly classes in local community centres and issue based workshops for youth clubs, schools and drop in centres.
In recent years our community projects have won several awards for their quality, notably a film made by our youth theatre being awarded Best Film Award (U-Screen Film Competition), second place in the national Animat-Ed Festival and a screening at the Barbican Centre London (Framed Festival), as well as our rural arts and history project ‘Time and Tides’ winning a ‘Recognition Award’ from Medway Council – a benchmark of excellence for community and outreach projects.
Producing and touring contemporary new work
We support communities to come together to create large-scale, outdoor, site specific and promenade performances, exploring and highlighting local issues, stories, and agendas that influence their lives. We also create new work that tours to festivals, theatres, arts centres and schools across the UK.
Our productions have won a Fringe First Award, selection by Lyn Gardner in her column ‘What to See: Theatre Tips’, shortlisting for an Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award and a range of critical acclaim including:
‘Icon Theatre has created one of the most compelling and theatrically effective pieces of storytelling on the Fringe.’ – The Scotsman
‘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
‘Icon has achieved something remarkable… this is a theatrical treat.’ – The Stage