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Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a challenge participating in democracy?
Or, if you’ve ever been impacted by an unjust rule or policy?

Interested in how we, the people, can make a difference and challenge the inequalities and injustices we see around us, which impact our lives? 

Interested in system-change? Interested in democratic process? Interested in socially engaged theatre?

For the first time in the North East of England, come and learn how these interests can be brought together in a dynamic way with Katy Rubin, founder of Theatre of the Oppressed New York.

The Background:

Three decades ago, Theatre of the Oppressed founder Augusto Boal brought a forum play into Rio de Janeiro’s city council chambers, and began using theatre to propose changes to local and national laws. Legislative Theatre is now practiced around the world, from New York City to the Netherlands to India — creative, radical, participatory democracy, based on a foundation of the liberatory ethics and methodology of Theatre of the Oppressed. 

In Legislative Theatre, audiences and policymakers watch a play based on the community actors’ experiences with oppressive policies and practices. Then, audiences act onstage to rehearse ways to confront the problems presented, and test new policies in real time. Actors and audiences propose ideas for new laws, rules and policies to address the problems, working together with advocates, organizers, and government representatives. Finally, we vote on new rules, and policymakers commit to immediate actions, and to being held to account for these commitments.

About the Workshop:

In this training, we will use games and exercises to create an original Legislative Theatre play, incorporating political analysis and participatory policy research, addressing an issue that impacts the group. Then we will work through a mock Legislative Theatre session, with a focus on facilitation that flips the power dynamics between policymakers and communities. Finally, we will experiment with new games for pitching and refining policies towards implementation! 

Who is it for?

Anyone who wants to spark creative structural change within institutions and systems. Theatre of the Oppressed experience is welcome but not required! 

We aim to make the training as accessible as possible, taking account of childcare and other caring responsibilities, access, and considerations aiming to remove barriers to participation. You can access the training on a pay what you can basis, including free spaces. If there are ways we can support you to participate, please let us know and we will try our best. If your organisation/employer is able to pay for a place as part of staff training/development, this will help support the other costs of running the training and meeting the needs of the participants.

Katy Rubin is a Joker and Legislative Theatre practitioner based in the UK, working towards a participatory democracy that is joyful, equitable and inclusive. She’s currently working with communities and local councils to re-imagine policy on housing and homelessness, climate change, and cultural institutions. Originally from New York City, she served as founding director of Theatre of the Oppressed NYC from 2011-2018. The training is brought to the North East by a collaboration between Rosa Stourac McCreery’s Theatre of the Oppressed in the North East project, and The Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company, and will be hosted at Lawnmowers Art Centre in Pelaw, Gateshead.

If you are interested in joining this training, please click below through Eventbrite to book your space. Details and cost are in the link.

Back on Tour

Retake, Remake Tour 2022


The Lawnmowers Theatre Ensemble presents Retake, Remake! A show where the actors take back films made about learning disabled people but without learning disabled or actors. In a fun and sometimes profoundly moving way, they question this practice and replay snippets of these films through the art of lip-syncing and stylised movement.

The show however is more than an investigation into an outmoded Hollywood practice, it takes the ensemble and its audience on a wild-water-ride, discussing topics like dating, ownership, sexuality and eugenics. In a patchwork of film, music and popular culture the members of the ensemble ask for respect for people with learning disabilities. Even though, they feel, things are changing for the better, there is still a long way to go. We hope you will enjoy the ride, it’s a ‘real eye-opener’.

The next live showing will be at Arts Centre Washington, Washington Thursday 29th September 2022 7:30pm

To book click below

The Krocodile Klub is back in real life!

Join DJ 3D Devil, DJ Mayhem, DJ Wolfy, DJ Geordie and DJ Peace for a poptastic night with classic pop and dance party hits sure to keep you dancing all evening.

The Klub dates for 2022

  • 11th February
  • 11th March
  • 8th April
  • 20th May
  • 17th June
  • 22nd July
  • 16th September
  • 28th October
  • 25th November
  • 16th December

6:30pm to 9:30pm. Live at the Star and Shadow Cinema . Be sure to sign up for this limited capacity, real life event!

Due to COVID 19 we are running with restricted capacity and under safety guidelines.😷

*IMPORTANT NOTICE*
Please watch the COVID19 safety video about health and safety guidelines for The Krocodile Klub at the Star and Shadow Cinema.

To reserve a ticket please visit and register through Eventbrite on the link below👇

Music Spark Show

**This event has ended, please sign up to our mail list for future events and performances.

After 3 years of covid restrictions, we can’t wait to be back celebrating with Music Spark this Saturday 9 July 6pm-9:30pm Sage Gateshead‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ The Lawnmowers groups ‘BeatThis!’ and ‘Ground Breakers’ will be drumming and breakdancing on the night as part of Music Spark Show.‎ ‎Tickets will be free so that as many people as possible can all to join in the fun. Tickets are available at Sage Gateshead Box Office

Retake, Remake Live at Arc, Stockton Arts Centre

**This show has ended please stay tuned for more showings soon

The Lawnmowers Theatre Ensemble present Retake, Remake! A show where the actors take back films made about learning disabled and disabled people but without learning disabled or disabled actors. In a fun and sometimes profoundly moving way, they question this practice and replay snippets of these films through the art of lip-syncing and stylised movement.

The Online Krocodile Klub

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The Online Krocodile Klub with live DJs live-streaming from Star and Shadow Cinema to audiences on zoom! featuring DJs 3D Devil, Northboy East, Wolfy, Geordie, Peace, Gingerbeard, Ruzty, and Mayhem!