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About Strike A Light

At Strike A Light, we create events that people never imagined would or could happen in their city. We tell people’s stories through performance and create brilliant participation opportunities for young people.

Gloucester is a diverse city and we make sure that the people we work with, the shows we programme and the companies we support reflect this.

We believe that the arts can change lives and that everyone, regardless of background and circumstance, should be given opportunities to watch, make and participate.

So far, Strike A Light have welcomed thousands of audience members, supported dozens of performers and companies to create new shows and given hundreds of young people the chance to take part in arts activities – often for the first time.

Audiences have danced on rooftops, made a meal for 100 people, been part of a National Theatre show, explored Gloucester’s housing estates with a group of teenagers, become part of a flashmob, eaten fish and chips while young people performed a beatbox show and watched high quality national touring work in empty shops, churches, community centres, schools and Gloucester streets.

Whether you want to come to an event, join our youth theatre or get support as you develop a new show, we hope to see you soon.

Amazing sunset behind the main stage at Rooftop Festival 2019.
Photo by Jess Gibbs.

What we do


We programme high quality shows all year round – including a Christmas show, Rooftop Festival in the summer and supporting our sister festival in the Matson Estate: GL4 Festival.


We support companies and solo performers to create and tour new shows. We provide opportunities for people at the start of their arts careers to develop their skills and we offer rehearsal space, funding, workshops and advice.


We run a youth theatre and offer weekly dance workshops for young people as well as community projects, in-school projects and outreach activity linked to performances.


Strike A Light are a National Portfolio Organisation, funded by Arts Council England and were established through Battersea Arts Centre’s Collaborative Touring Network. We are also supported by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and the Lottery Community Fund.

We work closely with Gloucester Guildhall, Gloucester Culture Trust, Create Gloucestershire and Gloucester City Council, supporting the city’s Cultural Strategy.

A number of other brilliant funders have supported individual projects. These include Active Gloucestershire, Barnwood Trust, D’Oyly Carte, Ernest Cook, Garfield Weston, Gloucestershire Community Foundation, Paul Hamlyn, Saintbury Trust, Summerfield Trust and The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire.