Big State Theatre

"Comic imagination and sharp performance are hard to come by and Big State have plenty of both" - VENUE

"Fast-moving, hot-off-the-press theatre." WILTSHIRE TIMES

Big State was formed in 1996 by a group of professional performers.

We are a co-operative who devise and perform original accessible comic theatre and through workshops use improvisation techniques and film to help young people develop their imagination and communication skills.

In September 2001 Big State became Company in Residence at the Arc Theatre, Trowbridge.

Big State are committed to working in Outreach and Education; founded Corsham Youth Theatre at The Pound Arts Centre in 1998 and took over the Arc Senior Youth Theatre in Autumn 2001.

Big State actors regularly work with Hull Truck, The Natural Theatre and Innerroom Theatre company.

Big State have been funded by:

Arts Council England

The Lottery through the Film Council’s First Light Initiative

Southern and South East Arts – Development Grant

West Wiltshire District Council

Trowbridge Town Council

"Superb timing and control……. immensely enjoyable" - The Wiltshire Times

"Deliciously recognisable characters……seamless ensemble playing"

"This talented threesome clearly delighted the audience…more, please" - Venue magazine, Bristol

"Big State is one of the funniest theatre companies around. A great show for comedy lovers of all ages, with lively accessible workshops. Highly recommended!" - Live Art Education Officer, Phoenix Arts Centre, Leicester.


Members of Mandy Actors UK who have worked for Big State Theatre

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