Shades of Black Theatre and Therapeutic Services (“SOBtts”) is a community interest company founded in 2018 with a twofold primary aim.  Firstly to create great theatre and secondly to offer therapeutic support to individuals who may be impacted by the themes from its plays aiming to create theatre that connects with life experiences. 
Plays do not censor the realities of life and performances are explicitly created to work therapeutically with community members.  The company uses dramatic techniques from the methodology of the 'Theatre of the Oppressed' theory is based on Landy's 9 core processes.  Shades of Black also produces Awareness Raising Events to educate and inspire people to understand a cause or social problem.  Stimulating discussion, debate and potentially new ideas that could be a catalyst for personal and community changes.



Main Stage Plays

There are two staged plays per year.


Themed Workshops

Workshops exploring themes taken from our staged plays.



Continuing Professional Development (CPD)



Start Date: Feb 2020

The Use of Drama Therapy Techniques in Counselling

Course for qualified or trainee counsellors and therapists on the use of creative and drama techniques in therapy.

More information

CPD02 - Domestic Abuse or Anger Management

Training for anyone wanting to understand  the differences and similarities between Anger Management and Domestic Abuse.


for people using abuse in their relationship visit:



Monthly workshops 

For new or existing playwrights to bring scenes from plays they are writing, for read through and feedback in a supportive group setting.


© 2019 by Shades of Black Theatre and Therapeutic Services C.I.C..

Company number 11275403

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Company Directors Required

We are looking to recruit volunteer Directors with a background in
one or more of the following

theatre production   |   theatre director   |   playwright   |   counsellor   |   fundraising skills
What we are looking for in Directors:

You need to be interested in supporting this company with your skills and expertise gained from a professional background or extensive personal experience. You need to be passionate about both theatre and therapy and excited about the idea of combining the two (being open to working with theatre for therapeutic benefit).


If you are someone who is able and available to volunteer their time to support this company, and have the ability to work alongside a creative vision with professionalism, enthusiasm and commitment, then we would be extremely excited to hear from you.


If you are not able to support this work but know of someone who may be suitable and interested

please forward this leaflet to them. Thank you for your support.

To apply for an interview please send a CV of relevant experience to the Artistic Director at:


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