About Us

About Witness Theatre

Witness Theatre is run by director designer collaboration Ellen Carr and Kelli Des Jarlais. This combination infuses our projects with striking aesthetics and a highly visceral quality. We are based in Manchester, and work with a range of collaborators on each project.

We make powerful and provocative work about contemporary issues: raising questions and sparking debate. A Witness Theatre audience doesn’t sit passively in the dark; they experience something that changes the way they look at the world, and provokes them to question it.  Witness Theatre empowers audiences to engage with important questions as active witnesses, rather than observing from the periphery.

Find out more about previous productions here.

Health and wellbeing

Whilst working on our new project Dead Bird in 2017 we realised our passion lies in the ways in which theatre can support health and wellbeing. We began exploring this running creative workshops at St Wilfrid’s Hospice alongside developing Dead Bird. 

In 2018 we’re continuing to develop the ways in which we can use our theatremaking and creativity to support health and wellbeing. We’re focusing on these areas:

  • Supporting the wellbeing of theatremakers by offering workshops and courses.
  • Offering creative workshops to anyone who would like to bring some creativity into their lives.
  • Offering workshops to businesses on using creativity as a tool to support wellbeing in the workplace.
  • Delivering creative workshops for supporting the health and wellbeing of vulnerable groups.

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