True Heart Theatre

We specialize in the practice and performance of improvisational / storytelling theatre (Playback Theatre) in a wide range of contexts as a service to the UK Chinese Community and the wider British public – making our stories visible. Our regular members are both theatre professionals as well as people from a wide variety of professions.

We also produce theatre for mainstream arts venues, create theatre-in-education programmes, as well as storytelling events. 

We have the capacity to work multi-lingually - in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin - to encourage cross-cultural integration and are Theatre-in-Residence at the University of East London in University Square, Stratford E15 1NF. 

We are a registered Charity (No. 1147657) and over the years since our beginnings in 2006 our projects have received funding from Arts Council England, Big Lottery Fund, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Trust for London, Grassroots Grants, BBC Performing Arts Fund, Grundtvig LifeLong Learning Partnerships, private donations and support in kind from many organisations. 

 

Previous performances and events include: 

Living Stories - Well over 100 performances of Playback Theatre in a range of venues since 2006

On the main stage our theatre productions have included: Sweet Mandarin - performances of work-in progressFaceIn the Mirror73AGolden Child.  

BIG FAMILY - Chinese Festivals in a Flash! -a scripted show in English and Cantonese - was a commission by the Arts Council England as a TIE pilot project. This eventually toured 12 London Chinese Supplementary Schools with support from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation; and to primary schools in Plymouth by invitation of Plymouth City council. Also performances in public venues such as the Arts Depot and Lauderdale House.  

For the Museum of London - Belonging: Voices of London’s refugees and Beyond the Public Face – facilitating the Chinese community’s contribution in the creation of a permanent exhibition at the Museum of London, with artist Hale Man 

Arts for Multicultural Communities: a two-year European-funded Grundtvig Lifelong Learning Partnerships project which included colleagues from Austria, Cyprus, Estonia and Hungary 

World Playback Week- At the New Diorama Theatre, True Heart hosted Playback Theatre groups from around the UK and Europe 

For the Chinese National Healthy Living Centre Workshops/Performances promoting Mental Health awareness and dealing with shame of mental illness in self, family & community.  

Playback Theatre performances for the Chinese Mental Health Association’s Oral History Project at the National Portrait Gallery and City Hall 

For the Chinese Information & Advice Centre - Voices from a silent community 

... and many commissioned performances – such as at weddings and other special occasions or contexts -  contact us!

Our international affiliations

True Heart Theatre is Group Member of the International Playback Theatre Network 

We specialize in the practice and performance of improvisational / storytelling theatre (Playback Theatre) in a wide range of contexts as a service to the UK Chinese Community and the wider British public – making our stories visible. Our regular members are both theatre professionals as well as people from a wide variety of professions.

We also produce theatre for mainstream arts venues, create theatre-in-education programmes, as well as storytelling events. 

We have the capacity to work multi-lingually - in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin - to encourage cross-cultural integration and are Theatre-in-Residence at the University of East London in University Square, Stratford E15 1NF. 

We are a registered Charity (No. 1147657) and over the years since our beginnings in 2006 our projects have received funding from Arts Council England, Big Lottery Fund, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Trust for London, Grassroots Grants, BBC Performing Arts Fund, Grundtvig LifeLong Learning Partnerships, private donations and support in kind from many organisations. 

 

Previous performances and events include: 

Living Stories - Well over 100 performances of Playback Theatre in a range of venues since 2006

On the main stage our theatre productions have included: Sweet Mandarin - performances of work-in progressFaceIn the Mirror73AGolden Child.  

BIG FAMILY - Chinese Festivals in a Flash! -a scripted show in English and Cantonese - was a commission by the Arts Council England as a TIE pilot project. This eventually toured 12 London Chinese Supplementary Schools with support from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation; and to primary schools in Plymouth by invitation of Plymouth City council. Also performances in public venues such as the Arts Depot and Lauderdale House.  

For the Museum of London - Belonging: Voices of London’s refugees and Beyond the Public Face – facilitating the Chinese community’s contribution in the creation of a permanent exhibition at the Museum of London, with artist Hale Man 

Arts for Multicultural Communities: a two-year European-funded Grundtvig Lifelong Learning Partnerships project which included colleagues from Austria, Cyprus, Estonia and Hungary 

World Playback Week- At the New Diorama Theatre, True Heart hosted Playback Theatre groups from around the UK and Europe 

For the Chinese National Healthy Living Centre Workshops/Performances promoting Mental Health awareness and dealing with shame of mental illness in self, family & community.  

Playback Theatre performances for the Chinese Mental Health Association’s Oral History Project at the National Portrait Gallery and City Hall 

For the Chinese Information & Advice Centre - Voices from a silent community 

... and many commissioned performances – such as at weddings and other special occasions or contexts -  contact us!

Our international affiliations

True Heart Theatre is Group Member of the International Playback Theatre Network 

Events

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