About Odd Arts


Odd Arts deliver creative programmes with vulnerable and hard-to-reach groups within the criminal justice sector, communities and educational sector and developed strong and long-lasting partnerships with a number of prisons, youth sector organisations, youth offending teams, health services and policing teams. All our projects use applied theatre and creative arts to address and explore contentious and challenging issues.

We work within four main categories:

  • Criminal Justice sector

We deliver a range of creative offending behaviour programmes. Programmes can address: Substance misuse; victim awareness; prison resettlement and employment skills; drugs and alcohol recovery; restorative approaches; conflict resolution and healthy relationships.   

  • Community

We deliver multi-arts programmes with sectors of the community in partnership with youth centres, community groups and statutory organisations. These projects engage groups in the arts to challenge, inspire and educate, often reacting to a localised issue and responding to the needs of the community.

  • Education

We deliver a wide range of one-off workshops which aim to raise awareness of issues most relevant to the partners we are working with. These workshops are often delivered in schools, colleges or as part of education training and staff development.

  • Training
Our training is delivered to professionals and students in both the arts, criminal justice and education sector. We share various creative styles, behaviour management techniques and theories.

Our outcomes include

  • Reduced risk of offending
  • Increased well-being, confidence and self-worth
  • Improved access to opportunities through accreditation and life skills
  • More cohesive and safer communities

\"The course pushed me to places I\'ve never been\"


A brief History


Odd Theatre Company was founded. Here we began our research and practice working with theatre practitioner and politician Augusto Boal in the prisons and favelas of Brazil. We developed our own theatre projects in the prisons in Peru before bringing our work back to the UK.

2005 - 2012

We have developed a range of innovative programmes which tackle current and challenging social issues. Our programmes are always outcome driven and familiar with the relevant Government Agenda. Click on the link to see our track record and key events.


Odd Arts emerged. To reflect the diversity of our work and celebrate our achievements we have rebranded as Odd Arts.


Odd Arts Patron – Benedict Cumberbatch\"\\"Benedictcumberbatch\"


\\\"I was struck by how vital a service Odd Arts provide. In deprived areas of social unrest  their unique artistic approach is a vital part of our cultural landscape.\\\"







Odd Arts being awarded the ARTS AND HEALTH Special Commendation Award from The Royal Society of Public Health in 2013