A unique, special theatre project

The Black Dog Theatre Creation is a special theatre group set up and run by Alfie James Productions which aims at using performance skills to support people suffering from poor confidence and mental health issues. Now in its fourth year it is slowly growing and is building its reputation as being a wonderful, positive and highly successful group. We develop small projects, workshops and performances. Our projects are free to access and open to all.

New partnerships

We have been delighted to have created new partnerships this year with several organisations. These have included collaborating with the award-winning Puppet Soup Theatre Company whose work has included working with hospitals supporting people with mental health issues. We have also developed a new link with the London SIBS Mental Health Group and the RETHINK group in Braintree. In 2019 we are delighted to be working with the Essex Wildlife Trust and Tesco's Bags of life. 

Working with the West Euston Partnership and the Camden People's Theatre 

Most recently wee have been meeting with the West Euston Partnership with the hope of developing a new Black Dog Theatre Creation project in Camden. The project is still in its early stages but will  be aimed at supporting local adults within the community; developing confidence, self-esteem and positive well-being through the use of performance techniques. We hope to then work towards creating a small devised performance at the Camden People's Theatre.  Membership will be free to take part and open to al residents of the Camden and London community. 

Would you like to work with us?

We are always looking out tio created new links and partnerships with local community groups, artists and businesses. If you would like to work with us on either one ofr our existing projects or to help us to create a new one then please do get in touch. 


Supporting the London Science Museum

It's an end of an era this November as our work with the London Science Museum comes to an end. Over the pasdt three years we have been suppoprting the Science Museum as members of their community panel supporting them with the development of their new Medicine Galleries. We cannot thank the Science Museum enough for giving us theis opportunity to be part of this project. It has been a pleasure taking part and has supported the development of our confidence both as individuals and as a group. 

Our partnership with London Rethink  

Following our workshops with London Rethink SIBS group last year, we have been since invited back as part of a special celebration to run another workshop on November 2019.  We always enjoy working alongside Rethink and gain a lot from the experience. So it's an absolute pleasure to be invited back. 


Our brand new roller banner for the Black Dog Theatre Creation arrived yesterday and it looks fantastic. A huge thank you to Will Denham, Sharon AdamsNigel Woodmason and the artists at the Acoustic Lounge for donating and helping us to get one. The banner will help us to promote the positive work which we do and to hopefully help us to reach harder to reach people to offer support. BIG THANKS!!

Latest news

Theatre Workshops in Colchester 












Our theatre workshops in Colchester have now closed for our annual short winter break but will be re-opening soon. Our recent 6-month project was a wonderful success and saw us work alongside the Essex Wildlife Trust and ultising our work on using Puppetry in our performance. The project was kindly supported by The Arts Council and Tesco's Bags for Life. 

First Project in St Osyth a wonderful success! 

After much planning we joined forces with the Essex Community Foundation to offer a pilot project based in St Osyth and Clacton. The project was a wonderful success and we are hoping to return to further develop the project in 2019. 

Helping our friends at the Sea Cadets 

Sadly our local Sea Cadets have recently been the subject of some awful vandalism which has left damage to their hall and ship docked up at the Hythe in Colchester. To help, we organised a special sponsored walk from Wivenhoe to the Hythe on Friday 5th April. The event was a wonderful success and we raised £310.00 for the group. Members Peter Tweddle, Lorraine Lomas and Kelly Lomas went along to present the cheque to the Sea Cadets. 

Volunteers needed

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join our Black Dog Theatre Creation and to support our work. No previous performance experience is required as full training will be given. We only ask that you are committed and easy going. You will be asked to help support our workshop activities, performances and our members.. 

We are particularly looking for anyone with past experience of mental health issues. 

**Appointment is subject to a DBS check.