Anglia Ruskin Community Theatre

Michael the Recycling superhero with two other actors from Anglia Ruskin Community Theatre

The Anglia Ruskin Community Theatre Company works with industry professionals and community organisations to create and deliver top quality theatre projects, driven by a belief in social justice and arts for all.

All our BA (Hons) Drama (including joint hons with Film or English Literature) and BA (Hons) Musical Theatre students have the opportunity to audition to perform with the company, or volunteer as assistant directors, producers or technical crew. Each project is distinct, but always involves external partners and aims to prepare our students for work in the fields of applied theatre, teaching, charity, the health and therapies sector, and the creative industries in general.

For more information, please email Artistic Director Heather Lilley (Course Leader, Drama; University Teaching Fellow).

Current projects

Reminiscence Theatre project
We are delighted to be back at School Court Sheltered Housing Unit to create an original musical piece based on residents’ memories of growing up in the '40s and '50s. This piece will be performed at Lichfield Hall on April 10th, and will include a debut from ARU’s Showstoppers Musical Theatre Choir.

Theatre-in-Education project
We are creating an interactive performance of Priestley’s An Inspector Calls for GCSE students at North Cambridge Academy, bringing Priestley’s text to life, and offering glimpses of the play’s unseen heroine and the social conditions contributing to her tragic suicide.

Past projects

Memories from School Court (2018)
Reminiscence theatre project in partnership with elderly residents from School Court Sheltered Housing Unit.

Innovations in Assessment for Drama, Performing Arts and Musical Theatre (2018)
Applied Puppetry and Forum Theatre project for a national symposium, in partnership with Middlesex University Theatre Arts students and Lecturer, Charlotte Thompson.

Michael Recycles (2017)
Theatre in Education Primary School Tour in partnership with East Cambridgeshire District Council and Matthew Townshend Productions. You can read more about this project in Laura Mackie's blog.