Louise Blackwell

Brighton People’s Theatre

If all the world’s a stage, then theatre is for everyone. Curtain up. Come and play.

Brighton People’s Theatre is changing the way we make theatre and how we tell the tales of our city, for our city. It’s theatre for all: theatre without boundaries.

In 2019 Brighton People’s Theatre is building a group of people who want to explore theatre-making with professional artists. This is an invitation to come along and try one of our activities. You can come to as much or as little as you like.

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LATEST NEWS: We are building a theatre company. You can now book onto our new weekly theatre workshops at The Brighthelm Centre in Brighton. 6 weekly drop ins, starting Weds Sept 18 6pm – 8pm. If you are over 18, have a BN postcode and have not worked as a professional artist then this is for you. Come and play. Pay what you decide. Book here.


There are a range of activities you can get involved in:

Visiting Artists

We’ve invited some brilliant artists to run monthly workshops on different aspects of theatre-making. These take place at different locations across the city between 10am-1pm. You can find more information and book for these here

Saturday 2nd March: Suhayla El Bushra – creative writing
Saturday 6th April: Alan Lane – working outdoors with headphones and radio mics
Saturday 4th May: Vic Melody – autobiographical work
Saturday 1st June: Kane Husbands – movement
Saturday 6th July: Selina Thompson – making theatre is easy
Saturday 3rd August: Sam Halmarack – sound and composition
Sunday 8th September: Tim Crouch – storytelling
Saturday 5th October: Luke Barnes – playwriting
Saturday 2nd November: Dan Canham – telling your story through movement
Saturday 7th December: Emily Lim – directing

People’s Play Reading Group

Would you like to get together with other people to read and talk about plays? Local playwright Suhayla El Bushra will be hosting a play reading group on the stage of the Theatre Royal Brighton. These sessions are designed so that you can pop along in your lunch break. We’ll provide pizza and a play. You can book to come to these here.

Tuesday 12th March 12.30-1.30
Tuesday 23rd April 12.30-1.30
Tuesday 2nd July 12.30-1.30
Tuesday 24th September 12.30 – 1.30

People’s Theatre Club

Fancy going to the theatre but not sure about what to see or where to go? We pick some shows that are on in Brighton and book your ticket. Our Theatre Club host Maddy Costa will run a conversation about it afterwards. It’s a bit like a book club. Sometimes you get more out of something by chatting about it. You can book for these here

Wednesday 13th March 6pm: Lies at ACCA
Friday 5th April 7.30pm: Denmarked at Brighthelm Centre

People’s Theatre Workshops

The beating heart of our people’s theatre are weekly workshops that we will be running in different locations across the city. In these workshops you get to try out different art forms and express yourself creatively.

We will be announcing details of these workshops which will start running in May soon. Register here if you are interested in finding out more about them.

People’s Theatre Tours

Go back stage and get the low down from people who work in our city’s theatres. Find out about the history of each theatre. Step on stage. Have a nose round the dressing rooms. Get inspired and have a think about what you might want to create for that stage.

Dates to be announced.

People’s Inspiration Meetings

Anyone who has been to any of our activity will receive a warm welcome at our People’s Inspiration Meetings. We will look back on everything that we have seen and done and dream up ideas for new shows or creative projects that you want to make.

The shows we make will be determined by you. Hope to see you at one of these get togethers. Book here.

ACCA 20th July
Dome 14th December

Over the year we will choose two ideas that emerge in the People’s Inspiration Meetings. We will start work to make them into full productions. Our partners the Brighton Dome and ACCA will each have the option to commission one of these shows. The work that appears on the stages of our theatres will reflect the lives of people in the city. We hope to make work that will tour and have a life beyond Brighton over the long term.

Please note:

All events are open to anyone over the age of 18 living in the city of Brighton and Hove or with a BN postcode who has never worked as a professional artist.

Everything is sold on a Pay What You Can basis. We are determined that cost should not stop you from being part of this. We are placing trust in you to be honest about how much you can earn and what you can afford. If you are on a low income we might expect you to pay anything between 1p and £3. If you are earning around £20k we might expect you to pay between £3 and £7. If you are earning over £30k we might expect you to pay between £7 and £15. You decide.

If travelling to any of these events is going to be difficult for you financially we have a pot of money to pay for public transport. Please contact us and we will talk to you about this in confidence.

Only people who have joined the network and come along to at least one event can participate in the People’s Inspiration Meetings.

Find out more

Supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Brighton Dome & The Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.