About Us

ODD EYES was born and continues to be a participant-led company.

Read this article on the Big Issue to find out how Artistic Director and founder Emilia Teglia set up the company in response to her positive personal experience of the arts as a young homeless migrant woman. In 2022, Emilia was nominated in the top 100 changemakers for her contribution to social change through Odd Eyes Theatre.



Odd Eyes Theatre  nurtures beauty in diversity. Our stories reflect on current events, denouncing social-inequality and highlighting civic responsibility.

Our work blends realism with traditional and experimental forms, using audience participation and mixed media. Our professional productions take inspiration from the creative exchange with the communities we interact with. In return, we share our practice through participatory programmes to inspire change.

We make theatre and film productions that tells stories about people standing out from the crowd. We play to audiences from diverse age groups, abilities, socioeconomic and racial backgrounds. We look at the world from different angles and use theatre to share unique point of views with equally unique audiences.

Our mission

Odd Eyes Theatre opens up communication and generates conversations between individuals from diverse cultures, social backgrounds, age groups and walks of life. Through performance, film, creative journeys and learning opportunities we take audiences, artists and people from a range of different communities on journeys that reflect the lives of real people, into known and unknown cultures, traditions and beliefs. We create exchange, break barriers and celebrate diversity.

By sharing these stories with passion and empathy, we show reality from different perspective and inspire change. We encourage people to explore life with curiosity. We see diverse perspectives and relationships and time and again we see the need to break down the barrier of “us” and “them”.

At Odd Eyes Theatre we connect, we communicate and we grow.


To create exciting theatre and film productions that challenges common assumptions
and tells stories that aren’t being told

To involve people who have limited access to the arts

To reach new and existing audiences with live and digital productions that encourages sharing, dialogue
and exchange and that offers new possibilities to society and culture

To encourage the circulation of ideas and values across cultures and micro-cultures

To enable inter-cultural exchange of artistic skills

To inspire creativity and self-expression

To help people build and maintain their identity

To make people more resilient



To create work that is unexpected, unpredictable, subversive, edgy, fun, radical, tender, compassionate, inspiring conversation, work that changes us

To create complex stories and visually engaging work that is fired by the diversity of society

To make theatre and film that exposes and challenges cultural, social and political prejudice

To make this work available to as wide and diverse audience as possible

To become a hub where individuals from all walks of life can explore their identity in a creative, cooperative, playful, open and non-judgemental environment

To provide a hub for creative people where they can feel comfortable to express their identity

To empower them to take an active part in the culture within which they live

To collaborate and partner with others in the arts nationally and internationally

Our people

Odd Eyes Theatre artistic team, audience and members share a passion for experiencing the world outside familiar boundaries. We value curiosity, openness to learning, art, play, self-development and creative interaction as our life priorities.

With high standard theatre productions and development programmes, Odd Eyes Theatre brings together individuals across the social spectrum. Professionals, students, amateur and professional actors, theatre lovers and creative people from all countries and walks of life offer their experience to create original theatre productions.

Find out more about our Trustees and Management.

Our Community

Since its  inception as education project in 2010, many people with experience of moving outside the boundaries of their original communities have already contributed to Odd Eyes Theatre’ projects by volunteering their time and skills offering their unique creative vision.

By joining Odd Eyes Theatre  everyone, regardless of their ethnic origins and social status, will be able to make their voice heard becoming part of UK’s art scene. Participation to these projects can take many forms: are you a designer, a photographer, a film maker, a stylist? Do you have experience in marketing? Do you know how to run an event and deal with the public? Are you great at public relationships? Do you enjoy cooking, or cycling?

These are just some examples of the skills that you could bring to Odd Eyes. You might be very experienced, or you might wish to develop your CV through volunteering with us.

Find out how to become a member.

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