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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 […]

  • COVID-19 UPDATE

    A message to Mandala audiences, participants, supporters and friends around the world

  • 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 […]