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verb [ /fɔː(r)dʒ/ ]
To create (something) strong, enduring, and successful.

Forge is a two-year theatre training programme led by women, for women. Over two years we are introducing young women to a range of theatre skills, and then helping them specialise in either production or theatre-making.

What will people gain?

  • Increased confidence
  • Clearer goals
  • New skills
  • Increased employability
  • Greater understanding of the theatre sector
  • New connections and networks

acta has engaged fifteen people aged 15-25 who identify as a woman or as a girl and face barriers to being involved in theatre. This free programme requires no previous experience, and is free to attend thanks to generous support from The Ragdoll Foundation.

We are recruiting more participants for the 2023/24 academic year – you can specialise in either production or theatre-making. You’ll also complete an accredited Arts Award Qualification along the way.

For more details, you can download a full info pack as a PDF here.

What does Forge include?

We’ll host weekly workshops on Tuesdays 5.30-7.00pm (during term time) at our theatre in Bedminster (we can help with travel costs if needed). The workshops will include acting, movement, puppetry, directing, script writing, set design, lighting and sound design, stage management, costume design – they’ll cover all sorts!

There will also be mentoring sessions with a theatre professional, outings to the theatre, and some written work necessary for the Silver Arts Awards.

What happens at the end?

At the end of the year there’ll be a public performance so you can put your learning into practice and showcase your talents to your friends, family and the wider public. You’ll also receive your Arts Award qualification.

How can I learn more?

If you’d like more information, please feel free to email with any questions.

How do I join?

If you’d like to join, please email with your answers to the following questions so we can get to know you. You can write your answers or make a short film of yourself answering them.

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Email, Phone number, and address
  • Why do you want to join Forge?
  • What are the barriers and challenges you face to starting a career in theatre?
  • What’s the best bit of theatre you’ve seen, and why?

You can also fill out the form below if you’d like to apply straight away!

Join Forge for 23/24

Please use this form to register your interest

This project is inclusive of transwomen and non-binary people who have lived experience as a woman.
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