Encounter produces multi disciplinary theatre and film, keeps writers at the heart of our devising process and is committed to making new work. They work with actors, dancers, visual artists and filmmakers and also create professional work with individuals and groups who do not regularly make performance.

Based at ARC Encounter make work across the UK and have been supported by BFI, Camden People’s Theatre, ARC, The Point and Watford Palace Theatre.

Their previous Tell Someone Special Project, community film Getting Better at Love was funded by ACE and supported by Watford Palace Theatre and engaged over 200 people. Their Elders Waltz project featured 100 older people in a site-specific waltzing performance.

Encounter has supported the development of 12 emerging writers through 2 audio play projects. Wanderlust, commissioned by GIFT Festival enabled 5 writers to produce short plays about walking. City, supported by Camden People’s Theatre invited 7 International writers to write short audio plays about journeying through London. These writers have gone on to work at The Bush, Live Theatre, National Theatre, Paines Plough, Northern Stage, The Yard and Radio 4.

They are currently producing a Science/Performance project hosted by ARC, where they mentor 5 scientists in collaboration with 5 theatre makers, culminating in a night of scratch performances.


Support from ARC means that our company can put down some roots, invest in a region and are emboldened to ask the artistic questions we are really interested in. It motivates us to build on previous work and brings rigour and structure to what can be a disparate and irregular career.


Current work

In Spring 14 Encounter will write and rehearse a new production with North East writer Lee Mattinson, (Young Vic, Soho, NT) supported by ARC and Live Theatre. This new production will explore the nature of uncertainty in our lives. As part of Encounter’s ongoing multiplatform project about love Tell Someone Special, they are next producing a large scale community project for local people in Stockton and nearby. This is an opportunity for the people of Stockton, young and old, to come together and make a very special community show about love.

Next opportunity to see Encounter Productions’ work

Friday 22 March 2014 Fieldwork: 5 scientists in collaboration with 5 theatre makers present work in a night of scratch performances at ARC

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