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The Collective Project 2016

  • Tristan Bates Theatre 1A Tower Street London, England, WC2H 9NP United Kingdom (map)

DEC 13 - DEC 17

Tuesday – Saturday, 7:30pm (matinee Saturday 2.30pm), 105 mins



Following the critically acclaimed Square, in its fifth anniversary year, The Pensive Federation brings a unique combination of the Pensive Federation company together at the Tristan Bates Theatre to explore group dynamics in their annual festival; The Collective Project, which challenges a collection of actors, writers and directors to closely collaborate to create 8 new 12 minute plays in 12 days.

Using collective nouns as inspiration, each play is developed in a 12 day process with the actors’ voices inspiring the writer and then this vision realized by one director. Each actor will be performing in four different plays. All in twelve days. This project takes theatre collaboration to a higher level. Using the Pensive Federation’s ethos of accessible theatre reflecting the magic in the mundane, and the extraordinary in the everyday, how will the writers challenge themselves to think beyond the obvious whilst the clock ticks?

The Pensive Federation are a small theatre company who have a shared aspiration in theatre which reflects people like you, situations you may have faced and reflective of the ordinary world around you. They strive to create accessible work that examines the hopes, fears and dreams that live in all of us; the need for a connection with those around us, the instinct to love and the desire to be loved, to be seen in the world and acknowledged for the person you are and not the labels you wear. 

The Federation are now in their 5th anniversary year of bringing their special brand of collectively devised and created theatre to London – including the Collective Project, the Significant Other Festival and their new Rewritten project, which asks writers to develop new work from an original 5 page script.



★★★★★ “The Pensive Federation have reaffirmed their position as one of the most exciting new writing companies” View From the Gods

★★★★★ “I’m sure there was blood, sweat and tears putting this show together, but the team’s talent and hard work make it look easy” Female Arts

★★★★ “an intriguing evening of intelligence and ingenuity” Grumpy Gay Critic


Earlier Event: December 12
A Christmas Carol
Later Event: December 19
A Christmas Carol - The Musical