Project Description

Embodying our Stories: Introduction to Participatory Theatre

5 and 12 September 2023
The Calder Theatre
51 The Cut, SE1 8LF


How can theatre be a tool to embody our individual stories, to collectively create new ones and to encourage participation, inclusion and dialogue in community work?

The workshops will introduce Participatory Theatre through a playful and embodied introduction to a combination of practices:
Image Theatre, Playback Theatre, Forum Theatre, Embodied Storytelling.

Honouring the lived stories of the group and activating our collective imagination, we are going to explore together how a theatrical process can become a participatory means for personal/community transformation.

The workshops will offer resources to all those engaging communities with creative and theatre tools, or interested in doing so. It is addressed to facilitators, educators, therapists, actors, directors, community workers as well as anyone else who would be interested in experiencing Participatory Theatre.
No previous theatre experience is needed.

Dates and time: Tuesday 5 September and Tuesday 12 September 2023, 6.00-9.00PM
Venue: Calder Theatre, SE1 8LF London
On the two dates the group will experience different activities: the participation in both (discounted) is suggested but it’s not required.

The participation fee is £30 (both dates: £50), if you register until 15 August 2023.
After that date, the participation fee is £40 (both dates: £65).
For concessions, please write to us: .
Cancellation policy: for a full refund, your cancellation has to be received to until 1 week before your registered participation.

Spaces are limited: we recommend to register early.


Facilitator: Francesco Argenio BenaroioFrancesco

Francesco is a participatory theatre practitioner, social arts facilitator, IT engineer, project manager.

For the past 18 years he has coordinated and facilitated community processes in the UK, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Colombia, India, Nepal/Tibet and Thailand/Myanmar.

Francesco is the founder and director of the social initiative “ANAMUH – Arts for Dialogue” ( and he is the production manager of the grassroots international conference/gathering “Play Perform Learn Grow – PPLG” (


Further info:

Registrations: HERE