Forum Theatre Service

What is Forum Theatre?

Forum theatre is an innovative, engaging and practical way of exploring common leadership and management issues. It allows participants to develop their understanding and skills in resolving difficult workplace scenarios, while avoiding the discomfort of taking part in role-play.

How does it work for organisations?

We use similar techniques to design realistic, tailored scenarios and use these as the basis for powerful and engaged audience experiences. Participants can 'coach' the actor/facilitators to experiment with a variety of behavioural choices, and see what happens – this allows participants to truly understand how small changes can have a big impact.

Forum theatre acts as a laboratory for behaviour, where participants can experiment in a controlled environment to see what works well - and not so well!

Where does it come from?

Forum theatre is a technique pioneered by Augusto Boal, a Brazilian theatre director, actor and political activist. Using the idea that theatre could be a vehicle for social and political change, Boal took his theatre group all around the country. The group performed topical scenarios and the audience directed the actors to explore alternative ways of dealing with the situation.

Why us?

We’ve been there. We know the challenges. Our trainers bring together the practical experience of being in leadership roles, years of expertise in facilitating leadership development at all levels, and the acting and improvisational skills of trained actors.

For example?

We’ve worked with the Competition and Markets Authority to improve the quality of honest and challenging conversations between staff, and with central government departments to manage the challenges of working in Private Offices.



Tailored to requirements


Price on application


St James’s Park, London or In-House

Lead Trainer

Nicki McKay

Nicki McKay

Nicki is a consultant, trainer, facilitator and coach. She has previously worked with; NHS Leadership Academy, Department for Work and Pensions, the Competition and Markets Authority and more.

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Nicki McKay

Nicki McKay

Nicki has a wealth of expertise at a senior level within a number of organisations, both public and private. As a consultant, trainer, facilitator and coach, Nicki has worked with a variety of organisations including the NHS Leadership Academy, Department of Health, Civil Service Learning, DWP, the Competition and Markets Authority, Health Education East of England, Kent Surrey and Sussex NHS Leadership Collaborative, Human Tissue Authority, Central & Cecil Housing, Delphi Automotive and Virgin Atlantic.

Nicki’s Core Specialisms Include:

  • Proven facilitation skills: designing and delivering a range of development activities, from programmes for staff aimed at confidence-building and developing self-awareness, to leadership development programmes using experiential learning and feedback on observed behaviour
  • Qualified coach: ILM Diploma in Management Coaching and Mentoring, with experience of coaching individuals at all levels of seniority
  • Extensive experience of using psychometric tools as part of management / leadership development programmes
  • Broad experience of implementing Organisation Development initiatives and best practice, including organisation design, 360 degree feedback, competency frameworks, talent management and apprenticeship programmes

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