ICON Theatre

ICON Theatre

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  • Arts

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Geographical remit: 
National - Britain


Icon Theatre transforms lives and strengthens communities by supporting people to make and experience world class theatre and participatory arts.

Inspirational, excellent new productions are at the heart of our work.  Alongside this is a desire to support, develop and create new cultural communities both locally and nationally, and to grow artistic excellence that really connects with people.

All our activities are brought together by common values and a shared approach. We create high quality work that promotes the authentic voice of participants and reflects a genuine sense of place.

We strive to be:

• empowering and collaborative

• inclusive

• excellent and inspirational.

We work with disadvantaged and excluded communities across north and east Kent. Much of our work takes place in the most deprived neighbourhoods of Chatham, focusing particularly on young people, families and adults with long term unemployment and mental health issues.


Icon Theatre is an award winning theatre and participatory arts organisation, based at the Brook Theatre in Chatham, Medway. 

Our work explores social issues and injustices which demand societal change, through our programmes and workshops in community buildings, youth clubs, schools and drop in centres.


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.

Outreach and community

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 a well-established youth theatre working with over 50 young people each week, and a range of projects delivered directly on housing estates, local community centres and youth clubs, schools and drop in centres.


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