Transforming lives with theatre & arts that challenge and inspire

About Us

We Are Odd Arts

Odd Arts is a Manchester Charity delivering innovative and creative programmes, across all art forms, with vulnerable and excluded groups.

We specialise in delivering theatre-based programmes that challenge and change attitudes and behaviours. We work with participants to devise theatre, from their own experiences as well as touring professional interactive theatre performances on challenging topics.


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All our practice is underpinned by: Restorative Approaches; Non-Violent Communication and Trauma Informed Approaches.

Odd Arts expertise and specialisms include:

  • Violence Reduction – youth violence; sexual violence; extremism/radicalisation
  • Mental Health – emotional resilience; self harm/anxiety/stress – prevention & targeted
  • Healthy Relationships – consent; domestic abuse; relationship abuse

Our work is high quality, award winning, used as International examples of good practice, and priced to enable the greatest value and reach.

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Criminal Justice

Odd Arts are specialists in the provision of theatre programmes for prisons, secure units and other criminal justice settings. We deliver weekly sessions in various secure provision and have over 15 years experience working in prisons.


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.


Our community projects respond to the interests, talents and needs of particular communities. These projects are underpinned by mediums including: film; photography; craft/visual arts; music; creative writing.

Mental Health

Odd Arts specialise in delivering work around mental health. We work in partnership with mental health teams and clinical commissioning groups to deliver programmes aimed at improving mental health and well-being.

Become A Participant

You can self-refer to some of our ongoing community sessions.

We deliver FREE WEEKLY workshops at Moss Side Powerhouse in partnership with Manchester Young Lives.

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