what we do
We – Director/Designer duo Poppy Burton-Morgan and William Reynolds – are Metta Theatre. Since 2005 we have been making bold and imaginative theatre in cafes, museums, playgrounds and (mostly) theatres in London and across the UK. We are an exceptional and award-winning interdisciplinary company producing two to three small and mid-scale productions a year, including at least one tour. We’ve collaborated with some brilliant organisations over the years, including the Soho Theatre, Bush Theatre, Southbank Centre, Oxford Playhouse, Manchester Royal Exchange, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, V&A, Shunt, Greenwich Theatre, Jacksons Lane, Southwark Playhouse, Arcola Theatre, Polka Theatre, Egg Theatre, Bikeshed Theatre and Linbury Theatre (Royal Opera House).
We create imaginative, visual live performance combining words, movement, music, projection, puppetry and circus. We make meta-theatrical work – theatre that wears its theatricality on its sleeve. Vibrant, joyous and playful we tell stories with imagination – for adults, children and everyone in between. We believe that everyone, regardless of their age or background, should be able to access bold, innovative and intelligent theatre. There are many strands to our work – some is made to tell un-heard stories, some is made expressly for young audiences and everything is made with compassion.
meta-theatrical: theatre that’s aware of it’s own theatricality – replacing reality with imagination.
metta: a Buddhist word meaning compassion, loving kindness, the strong wish for the happiness of others.
WE BELIEVE IN…
The value of audience – we care about the people who see our work, so we work hard to reach them, make it affordable and listen to their feedback.
The value of artists – we pay reasonably & fairly (at at least Industry standard rates) and are open and transparent in our dealings with all of our collaborators.
Innovation – we push the boundaries either in form or presentation, process of working or content of show and in doing so entertain, inform and educate both audience and artists.
Compassion – our working practices, relationships and the work itself are permeated by compassion and openness.
Our world – we minimise negative environmental & social impact in every area of our work, and actively encourage the same approach among our collaborators. More info here.