We support and make work that pushes boundaries and removes barriers.

This means both onstage - experimenting with form and removing the 4th wall; and offstage - with initiatives to improve access to the arts for under represented groups. 

Our unusual spaces also allow us to host activities that help marginalised people access creativity; like Passages, a 65-plus experimental theatre group; Crisis Skylights creative workshops for those who are experiencing homelessness; young people’s workshops and carnival to engage the vast Latin American community in Southwark, and Future Makers, a training and mentoring scheme for young people to learn backstage skills for theatre and TV.

Our creative desk space gives small creative start ups the opportunity to afford office space right in the heart of London, giving them a big boost when they really need it. These include Exceptional Individuals, an employment agency for neurodivergent people, Hopeful Traders, a clothing label which collaborates with the homeless community to raise money for homeless charities  and Artistic Directors of the Future, a trailblazing organisation helping change representation of BAME people at leadership level in the arts.

In 2019 we launched an ongoing initiative called ‘Unity in Diversity,’ that addresses representation of BAME, LGBTQIA and disabled people in all areas of the organisation. At the heart of this is the trial of a new form of artistic leadership using annual Guest Curators, who oversee programming across the organisation. 

Theatre Deli exists to empower artists who want to change the world.

We do this by creating free & affordable opportunities for marginalised artists to make & experience art. 

To keep our work going, we need to generate over £1.5 million a year to cover our costs. In 2019 we need to fundraise £200,000 to support the next stage of our growth. 

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