Is Theatre Just for Posh People?

Thursday 12 October
10:30am - 5pm
St Hilda's Hall, Matson, Gloucester, GL4 6JG
Tickets: £50*

10x bursary spaces now available. See below for more info

A one-day-event for Arts industry professionals in the heart of Matson, Gloucester’s largest housing estate, actively exploring the question “is theatre just for posh people?”

Over the last year Strike A Light’s conversation and action around diversity has thought about class: How do we engage with the predominantly working class audiences who live in Matson?

Gloucester is traditionally known as an area of low cultural engagement, with areas in wards, including Matson ranking in the most deprived fifth of neighbourhoods nationally.

In 2016 we started to work collaboratively with Matson residents and co-produced their first theatre festival; the GL4 Festival. The GL4 Festival enters its third season in October and are proudly co-hosting this national industry event, is theatre just for posh people? supported by Gloucester Services and the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust.

What to expect on the day:

It will be informal, action based, conversational, jargon free, with delicious lunch, new performance and brilliant panel speakers including:

Rhiannon White from CommonWealth
Conrad Murray, Beat boxer and Artistic Director of the Beatbox Collective
Syima AslamBradford Literature Festival
Sarah Blowers, Co-artistic Director of Strike A Light
Sarah O’Donnell and Naomi Draper, Creative Producers of the GL4 Festival

We would like to encourage Arts organisations to bring a community member with them, someone who is connected to a place or group that you have thought you may want to work with but haven’t quite done it yet. Each ticket admits one delegate plus a community member as a guest.

For more info, please visit our website, here


We have deliberately kept the cost for this event substantially lower than most one day conferences or events but appreciate that for some smaller organisations the cost may still be a barrier.

We have therefore worked with our partners, Create Gloucestershire, Gloucester Culture Trust and Marketing Gloucester to offer 10 free of charge bursary places, meaning a total of 10 organisations and members of their community can attend free of charge.
There will be an open application process for these bursary places.
Click here to find out more.

Closing date for bursary applications: Monday 11 September

If you do not wish to apply for this bursary, but are interested in coming to this event, you can click here to book tickets

If you would like to stay afterwards both GL4 and Strike A Light Festival will be in full swing. Click here to see the full festival programme

With best wishes,
Strike A Light