Strictly Arts Theatre Company is led by Artistic Director, Corey Campbell, and Executive Producer, Henry Bays. Through its collaborative devising method, it aims to turn conventional theatre on its head, creating work that is engaging, thought-provoking and accessible to audiences around the world. Its mission is to give voice to the untold stories of the community through performance, highlighting experiences that forgotten communities can connect with.
Their biggest show to date, Freeman (“a revelation, a piece of stunning physical theatre.” Guardian ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐), has toured to Lima, Chicago, had three successful UK Tours, and sold out the Edinburgh Fringe. Their critically acclaimed play went on to win the Spirit of the Fringe Award, received a Special Commendation from the SIT-UP Awards, was shortlisted for Amnesty International’s Freedom of Expression Award, and for the Offies for Best Ensemble and Best Director.
Strictly Arts were the first black led company, and the first company from the West Midlands, to receive the Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund from the Pleasance, which enabled them to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe.
As a company, Strictly Arts devises work that is engaging, thought-provoking and unique. We strive to make the work created accessible to audiences around the world; while telling stories that forgotten communities can connect with. The company is ever growing and evolving, and with such growth, comes change; but one thing we promise to cling on to is our duty to give voice to the untold stories of the community, through live performance.
Final words from the Artistic Director, “We just want the opportunity to learn, understand, progress and then pass it on.”