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New Vic Borderlines

What do we do? 

New Vic Borderlines is the award-winning initiative using theatre in social contexts. It undertakes work of national and international significance and is acknowledged as a national beacon for the ways theatre can be used to work within the community.

Borderlines is involved with some of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s most disadvantaged communities, working with young people at risk of offending, adults with learning difficulties and other groups at risk of being marginalised. 


“Thank you for giving me my son back”

Mother of a participant


It uses theatre to help people find new and positive ways to understand themselves, their communities and their responsibilities.  It challenges destructive and anti-social behaviour, builds self-awareness and self-worth and develops positive attitudes.


Who do we work with?

Projects are undertaken in partnership with the widest range of voluntary and statutory agencies.

Typically, project participants will devise a piece of theatre around issues directly relevant to their lives – knife-crime, ‘honour’ violence and bullying are just some recent examples.  They will usually perform their work in public, sometimes at the New Vic, sometimes in schools and other community venues.


Creative conferences and training

We develop, design and deliver creative conferences and training. These are events that make a real difference.


“The Work of New Vic Borderlines is outstanding”

Chair, Citizenship Foundation


We work, regionally, nationally and internationally with HR professionals and those responsible for training and organisational development in voluntary and statutory agencies and in business.

Key benefits include:

achieving meaningful consultation with service users;

improving customer/client relationships;

effective team-building and personal development;

achieving organisational change.


Partners we have worked with include:

British Crime Concern, Citizenship Foundation, Crown Prosecution Service, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Home Office, Keele University, Magistrates Association, local authorities, National Association for Youth Justice, Warsaw University, international health consortia in Latvia, Finland and Holland.


Award-winning work

British Community Safety Award for achievements in helping to reduce crime; 

Global Ethics Impetus Award (twice), Citizenship Foundation; 

Sustainable Staffordshire Award for contributions to a sustainable Staffordshire; 

Clarion Award, International Institute for Visual Communication; 

UK Skills for Care National Award for Excellence and Innovation.


To discuss any ideas with New Vic Borderlines telephone Adhia Mahmood on 01782 381368 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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