Working to make Gloucester a city with a vibrant culture for all.


Strike A Light is a Gloucester based organisation striving to make Gloucester a city with a vibrant culture for all.
We are made up of three strands:

Programming and producing 2 x Contemporary Performance Festivals (Strike A Light Festival) a year, plus bespoke year round programming ensuring a sustained cultural offer

Delivering a year round Artist Support Programme that provides nationally significant partners for emerging artists  

Developing a year round Arts Participation Programme,
Gloucester Rising, for CYP from Gloucester City delivered by experienced, inspiring practitioners.


About our ticket prices:

Strike A Light aims to be as accessible as possible so all of our tickets are very heavily subsidised.
Many of our tickets have a concession option.  You don’t need to be a student to be eligible for this concession price. If you would like to support the festival to continue it’s integral work in Gloucester, please purchase a full price ticket, however we do not want finance to be a barrier to anyone.

All on-the-door ticket sales will be cash only

Strike A Light are:

Co-Artistic Directors: Emma-Jane Benning & Sarah Blowers

Executive Director: Christina Poulton

Assistant Producer: Jess Gibbs

Participation Producer: Charlene Olaleye

Marketing Manager: Ben Whitnall

Production Coordinator: Callum Graham

Associate Producer: Philippa Smith


The Collaborative Touring Network is a partnership between Battersea Arts Centre and eight different producing teams based in Darlington, Gloucester, Hull, Medway, Peterborough, Thanet, Torbay and Wigan. Coming together with the joint aim of inspiring an entirely new  generation of theatre-goers, the Collaborative Touring Network will navigate its way across the country to bring inspiring performance to audiences.

From Autumn 2016 until Spring 2019, each producing team will deliver bi-annual festivals of high quality touring work, alongside  homegrown talent, workshops, feasts, music and discussion. The CTN festivals challenge traditional touring models that often exclude areas without an existing infrastructure for theatre and performance.
Over the past three years of the CTN project, festivals have seen shows such as The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey, Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Ballad of the Burning Star and Touretteshero’s Backstage In Biscuitland
being performed in community centres, schools,  libraries, barns and a range of other spaces embedded in the community. Over
the next three years, each festival will feature three touring shows selected by the network. With touring artists staying in residence for a week in each touring location and delivering a wide programme of performances, workshops, artist-artist exchange, open rehearsals and scratch performances.
The Collaborative Touring Network is supported by Arts Council England, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation and Unlimited Impact.


Battersea Arts Centre offers opportunities for people of all generations to develop their creativity.
Brand new shows are invented and performed here, sometimes taking over the whole building. Young people come to Battersea Arts Centre to develop their creativity, confidence and enterprising Ideas, children and adults can play together and we host monthly tea dances, welcoming in local people of all ages. Open all year round, we make great food every day in the Scratch Bar and prepare huge banquets for all the weddings, parties and conferences we host. For those who can’t make it to Battersea, we take out our shows and projects to Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.

“Britain’s most influential theatre”
– The Guardian

| @battersea_arts


Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future.

    Esmee Fairbairn support Strike A Light to:
  • continue delivering work in Gloucester on a regular basis and continue to grow as an organisation.
  • build and develop our programme of working with black and diverse artists in Gloucester. To specifically identify, develop, mentor and support diverse cultural artists and leaders within the city and offer ongoing community engagement opportunities with a focus on young people within this strand of work.
  • grow and develop our artist and producers support programme that offers mentoring, advice and support to emerging artists and producers in Gloucester and gives them a platform from which to perform and produce from.

Strike A Light Festival 2017 is generously supported by

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