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  • Theatre can help young people work through difficult issues

    Plays like Castaways and Mandala’s earlier play Night Light can help young people confront issues that relate to them – that was the view of panellists at Cornerstone Theatre, Didcot, where Castaways played on Thurs September 20. The post-show audience discussed ideas of disconnectedness, tribalism […]

  • SPECTACULAR FIRE SHOW TO CELEBRATE OXFORD-GRENOBLE 30-YEAR TWINNING

    A spectacular free outdoor fire show created by Mandala Young Company will celebrate 30 years of the Oxford-Grenoble twinning partnership. The inaugural performances will take place in Oxford at Florence Park on Wednesday 24th April at both 7.30pm and 8.30pm. Two further performances happen the […]

  • FUNDS NEEDED TO PERFORM AT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

    Young actors from Oxford are waiting to hear if they will be awarded last-minute funding to allow them to perform a new play in twin city Grenoble, France in July. ‘Lucifer and Miss Primrose’ was performed open-air in both Florence Park and Gloucester Green last […]

  • LOTTERY GRANT KICK-STARTS ‘PIPELINE’ PROJECT

    Mandala Theatre Company is starting research and development for a new performance thanks to being awarded almost £10,000 by the National Lottery Community Fund. The leading diverse touring theatre company won support from the National Lottery to write a challenging new play about the danger […]

  • HARD-HITTING NEW PLAY FOR 2020

    “Pipeline” is the working title of a new play tackling head-on the growing issue of school exclusion leading young people into a web of crime, violence and prison. And it’s already getting plaudits from invited audiences at rehearse reading performances in Banbury, Bristol, Coventry, Oxford, […]

  • CALL FOR MORE ARTS FUNDING IN EDUCATION FOLLOWING DAMNING REPORT

    It’s time for policy-makers to increase access for young people to performing arts and move away from career-orientated learning dominating education in the UK.  Mandala Theatre Company Artistic Director Yasmin Sidhwa is joining the calls for change in the wake of the newly published Durham […]

  • KNIFE CRIME AT THE HEART OF NEW PLAY

    Young people excluded from school are prone to join street gangs and descend into a life dominated by knife-crime, drug dealing and prison. This hard-hitting theme is the core of a new play produced by Mandala Theatre Company. Provisionally titled ‘Pipeline’ it is being developed […]

  • Castaways autumn tour starts at Asthall Manor

    Mandala’s autumn tour of Castaways debuts with a special showing at Asthall Manor, near Witney, Oxford. Castaways – a contemporary play about friendship, loyalty and tribal tensions in an inner city – and Asthall, ancestral home to the famous Mitford family, might seem a strange […]

  • Castaways starts UK tour

    Mandala’s newly-commissioned play Castaways launched its UK tour this week, premiering in Bedford and visiting eight venues across the country this spring before taking the show to Heidelberg and beginning a further tour in the autumn. The play is written by award-winning playwright Atiha Sen […]

  • Cast announced for Mandala new production Castaways

    Mandala’s new production Castaways starts its UK tour on May 1. Written by Atiha Sen Gupta and directed by Yasmin Sidhwa, the play stars Yasmin Ahsanullah, Jonathan Clarke-Hesson and Andy Greaves. More info.