Creative work

Mandala’s current trilogy focused on ‘Place, identity and Belonging’ uses the lived experience of young people, supported by academic research, co-creating exciting new plays with young people in collaboration with high-calibre playwrights, which tour nationally and internationally with a professional cast.


The company has a unique creative process to highlighting injustice through tireless research, educational creative workshops and Rehearsed Readings of early drafts with young people inputting and feeding back, to give voice to stories that are not being heard.


Rather than rely on existing plays, Mandala drives new writing and creates exciting, fresh contemporary work, taking it on tour, always visiting the communities which inspired the artistic response, as well as to mainstream venues.

Springboard for debate

Mandala’s mission is concerned with creating a catalyst for debate leading to social change and contributing to policy and systems change. Integral to our performances are Mandala Debates in each city we tour to, involving local young people, councillors, politicians, relevant NGO experts and academics. Our artistic approach to difficult subjects enables young people to think for themselves, articulate ideas and creatively express what they feel in innovative, interactive workshops within their local communities.

Informing future policy

The results of these debates feed back into research and ultimately into government policy decisions on community cohesion and social justice.


“Nationally, 1 in 200 children is excluded from school, but 1 in 2 of the prison population was excluded when at school.” The Difference Charity UK ‘Pipeline’ written by Avaes Mohammad, directed by Yasmin Sidhwa, in association with Oxford Playhouse, was co-created with young people, using compelling physical theatre to present a moving and authentic exploration of what lies behind the headlines. Plugged into headphones - a world of spoken word, music, podcasts and rap that underscores their lives. Tachia, Cass and Mickey have ended up outside the mainstream, labelled, boxed in. Can they escape this life and find a way out or will they get drawn into the dangers lurking, waiting to pounce on the vulnerable and isolated? ‘Pipeline’ unravels what is happening to young people in relation to education, exclusion, gang grooming and too often, a pipeline to prison.

Can we change the story?
“Powerful, Brilliant acting. Amazing Cadence and Street poetry”. Diane Long – Former Director Donnington Doorstep Family Centre, Oxford


This project is currently on hold due to the Coronavirus pandemic; however, we plan to tour it in 2021.

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Aimee Powell (Salma), Night Light, Manda
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Mandala Theatre Company (Resident Company)
Performing and Production Arts Department
Activate Learning - City of Oxford College
Oxpens Rd, Oxford OX1 1SA

CIC registration 9242464

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