Performances with impact
actReal brings academic research on social issues into the community by using theatre and performance to bring it to life.
We collaborate with researchers to understand their work and its scope, then we devise short, intensive programmes that are made available to schools, colleges or community groups.
Using interactive and thought-provoking theatre work we engage participants through workshops and rehearsals to understand the material and to devise a unique piece of theatre, which is performed at the end of the programme.
For academics, it takes findings into the heart of society, disseminating work by using new and innovative forms of public engagement. We can form part of research outreach plans from the outset, or we can take completed research and devise a programme to suit.
For participants, it provides a thought-provoking catalyst that helps people of all ages develop social awareness, life–skills and drama skills, and allows communities to explore and empathise with often-controversial social issues in a participatory, ethical, and inclusive manner.
You can contact us to discuss what we might contribute to your research project, or how your students or community group can get involved.