Our venues nurture and connect creative communities, providing accessible resources that promote sustainability in the arts.

We focus on those left out mainstream systems, bringing together artists and audiences from local, grassroots, marginalised and emerging communities, those working at the cutting edge or just starting out as artists & audiences.

Our Central London spaces have been integral to building the immersive theatre community in London, including improv, gaming, festivals and experimental groups like Shunt, Specifiq, The Lab Collective and Hoopla

When we arrived in Sheffield, local artists felt shut out of institutions in the area. Theatre Deli immediately created a huge shift in the cultural ecology, providing a desperately needed home for artists and community groups. We work with world renowned experimental theatre makers, Forced Entertainment, co-producing a children’s experimental theatre group, Art Breakers. Our associate artists include John Rwoth Omack, Queer Drag King group Andro & Eve and we are the founding partner venue for Migration Matters, a rapidly growing annual festival celebrating the impact of Migration and refugees. 

For the last three years, we’ve hosted Beyond Borders, a festival celebrating the contribution, courage and creativity of refugees in the UK. Through this festival at our Old Library venue and our wider work, we’ve given a platform to artists such as PsycheDelight, a company of refugee performers.  After completing our residency programme, they went on to have a month long run at the Bunker Theatre as well as touring in Denmark, Germany, India and across the UK - including a stint at Migration Matters festival in Sheffield.

Photo by Smart Banda of PsycheDelight at Migration Matters 2019. 

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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