An intergenerational and creative programme


Working in partnership with Solent Mind





We work with aspiring and emerging young theatre makers to create life changing theatre projects to support our immediate community and beyond.  
Using theatre for change we want to nurture and support creativity amongst marginalised groups both within our company and the audiences we reach.  

Our work focuses on positive growth mindsets and mindfulness, instilling self confidence and developing life long skills.
Therapeutic and restorative practices using the arts to support Mental Health and Wellbeing. 
Youth Social Action - empowering young people and using their stories to inspire our work. 




2022 Touring Production 
Available for bookings 
Schools & Colleges
Currently touring with Mayflower Engage  




Regeneration, a joint initiative between Southampton Children’s Hospital and Theatre for Life will support children and young people to engage with arts, culture, nature, advice and physical activity.

Specifically aimed at young people with a long term medical condition, it will help them to recover from COVID-19 through the power of social prescribing.

Regeneration will give these young people the opportunity to not only manage their own health and wellbeing, but also help them become more physically active.

The initiative also looks to reduce isolation and help those with a long term health condition to meet other young people, giving them a sense of belonging and enabling them to have peer support.



Emerge presented a collection of authentic voices which explored the truths behind hidden disabilities, mental health and overcoming adversity. 
Using headphone verbatim our young theatre makers collected unique personal stories from within our community, capturing honest, unpredictable and tender testimonies between 2020-2021 throughout the height of the pandemic. 


In the depths of the water, I finally learnt that my breath was far stronger and within me lay the courage to emerge 
A collaborative film with Theatre for Life, Southampton Children’s Hospital and Southampton City Council Cultural Services.

Emerge was a community led film devised and written by young people, inspired by real stories from 1912 and 2021 which reflected the tenacity of the human condition both past and present. Modern perspectives were contrasted against a community dealing with the aftermath of the Titanic tragedy. A powerful and honest film, sharing hidden stories and challenging inequalities, helping us to learn from the past to inform our futures.




Brilliant, outstanding theatre, fantastic actors, every single one shone!

Fay Rusling, writer for TV & Film, BBC, C4, ITV, FOX and Radio 4

Michelle was instrumental in helping me further my career through her intelligent, dynamic and creative work as a director and tutor. Michelle's understanding and professional approach makes it very easy to work with her.

Christopher Hewitt, BA (Hons)  in Professional Musical Theatre & Dance (First Class Honours) - The Urdang Academy, London

RADA is excited to be working with Theatre for Life to encourage young people from diverse backgrounds to participate in the arts. By offering a RADA workshop and Q&A session on drama school auditioning, we hope to open access to drama school training for talented young people in Southampton.

Carys Williams, RADA Widening Participation & Outreach Manager

Silent Mind is a powerful vehicle that is brilliantly devised, it is simply captivating, engaging and poignantly absorbing'

Anne Waggott, 

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