Summer School 2019

International Theatre for Social Change Summer School 2019

10th & 11th July 2019, Liverpool

Rediscovering the Radical: Theatre & Social Change Summer School will develop participants’ ability to use theatre to contribute to radical social and political change in the 21st Century.

The 2019 Rediscovering the Radical: Theatre & Social Change Summer School is designed for those who are working, volunteering or have an interest in applied, participatory or community arts or using creativity as a means to community development, activism and protest. It will be a mixture of stimulating inputs, provocative conversations and insightful peer-learning. The summer school will provide practical activity, structured reflection and the chance to explore new ways of thinking about the work.

Over the course of this two-day event participants will:    

  • Learn why it is important to engage decision makers and politicians in the creative process, and ways and means of doing so.
  • Explore the challenges of making radical social and political theatre within the current neo-liberal and political climate.
  • Interrogate the ethical considerations and processes of making art and theatre from other people’s direct lived experiences.

And develop their practice in:

  • Empowering communities
  • Making verbatim and documentary theatre
  • The Living Newspaper
  • Improvisation as a tool for change
  • Forum theatre and legislative theatre

2018 Summer school will be stimulating, fun and useful.  It will also be a great opportunity to meet others working in your field and strengthen your support network.


10th July 2019: 11.30am – 7pm

11th July 2019: 9.30am – 3.30pm


Individual freelance practitioners and students: £135

Representatives from Arts Council National Portfolio Organisations, HE, FE and Local Authorities: £175

Anyone struggling to pay the fees above please get in touch and we will see what we can do.

Light lunch and refreshments will be provided on each day.

Participants will need to arrange their own accommodation if needed. If you need help with this please contact 0151 345 6266 or

Course Leader: Sarah Thornton

Sarah Thornton is founding Artistic Director of Collective Encounters.  She established the company to make exciting, collaborative theatre and explore its potential to contribute to social change.  Her work with the company has drawn on her varied background which over the past 20 years has included applied work in diverse community contexts, developing and directing fringe and professional theatre, university lecturing and practice-as-research.

For more information, or if you have difficulty with the fees please call us on 0151 345 6266.