Total Ensemble 2022
an independent arts organisation, ever-evolving, fluid and free-spirited, consisting of
Total Ensemble Theatre Company
Total Ensemble Arts Initiative
To explore Norfolk, ‘making art as we go’
To land where we are inspired, invited or needed
To create environments, temporary or longevous, unique to the aim of collaborative creation and expression through art form
To nurture community spirit, connection and love of life
"Equal in endeavour, creating together; TOTAL ENSEMBLE
Rebecca Chapman, Artistic Director & Founder of Total Ensemble Theatre Company
"Magical, beautiful, completely absorbing. I loved watching the faces, the concentration, the passion. What a fabulous thing you are doing. Thank you."
Ruth Darrah, Boy in the Lighthouse audience member
"There is magic in the room at every rehearsal, which translates through each performance. I carry with me the warmth and the strength that Total Ensemble has brought into my life. Art like this and this type of community gives me hope that there can be a future in which everyone has a place, and everyone is equal."
Ella Bee Glendining - Total Ensemble performer
"Total Ensemble Theatre Company gives me hope for the future of inclusive theatre, which is so vital for the health of our society"
Jo Collins MBE, Co-founder of Chickenshed and patron of Total Ensemble
“The most inspired and inspiring theatre I have seen in ages. To see the energy, emotional commitment and sheer physical power of such a company is exciting to say the least. The actors were so inside their characters it was riveting. There was such belief there that we can all learn from them. Total Ensemble Theatre Company achieved huge things with naturally shy people who may have every reason to feel the need to withdraw and not step into the light.”
Mattie Ziegler – Director of Drama, Norwich School
"Total Ensemble redefines the concept of talent."
Stash Kirkbride, Co-founder of The Hostry Festival
"A wonderful group of people. They could help us to educate our students in important attitudes and values through a very powerful medium. "
Dr Malcolm Adams - Former Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of East Anglia
"Total Ensemble's performance was extraordinary in its human beauty; the relationship, respect, and care among the performers touched my heart."
Colin Mace - Booja Booja Truffles and Desserts & Principal Sponsor of Total Ensemble Theatre Company
"The work of Total Ensemble enables so many people to come together in a creative way. Everything they do is filled with energy and enthusiasm and is truly transformative in the lives of those taking part."
The Very Revd Jane Hedges, Dean of Norwich
"I have seen the lowest in confidence, who would never say a word to anyone stand on the side of the group with their heads constantly looking down, become someone who can interact with every person in the group and input into every single performance with their own unique individuality."
Shannon Lennox - Total Ensemble performer
"This is a fantastic initiative and one which gets to the soul of our community."
Dick Palmer - Trustee City & Guilds