A unique international community theatre project


based in Croydon, Perpanata's members comprise people of all ages, nationalities and walks of life.


The project aims to produce original theatre that is representative of Croydon’s international community.

The project was established in 2008 to support the integration and well being of young refugees and asylum seekers in Croydon whilst giving them opportunities to develop their interest in the theatre and the arts. The project still recognises talented young people from excluded groups and provides a creative platform for their voices and experiences.

The rebirth of the project happened in 2012 when Perpanata partnered with LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) to produce a unique community theatre event featuring local people from Croydon. The cast assembled was truly intergenerational (the youngest member was 3 and the eldest 82); international (with over 30 languages spoken amongst members); and inclusive (the project supported people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health issues to take part).

The name ‘perpanata’ refers to two of the original members, perparim and sonata. It is also a Spanish slang word for silly (apparently)!


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