Summer 2022

On 10th August 2022, we opened the doors of our new theatre and transformed cultural centre in Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port following a £2.8M development, funded by Cheshire West and Chester Council and Arts Council England.

The new venue is the only specialist, purpose-built theatre and cultural centre for children and young people in Cheshire and is one of a small number across England.

The company has been a producer of original theatre and wide-ranging youth and community work for over 35 years. Founded in 1986 as Action Transport Theatre, the company is proud of its origins, its track-record, and the impact it has had; transforming the lives of local children, young people, and wider communities.

» View our launch brochure (.pdf)?

Our new name

The transformation of much-loved Whitby Hall is a big moment of change for us as an arts organisation and we are excited to tell you that we have changed our name to Theatre Porto in summer 2022.

Our new name has arisen out of many conversations over time, and more recently, based on creative work we have done with local children and young people around the values of place, play and child centeredness.

About our
new venue

Our new state-of-the-art theatre designed by award winning architects Bennetts Associates, beautifully compliments historical Whitby Hall, and comprises:

- a 150 seat flexible auditorium for performances
- film screenings (including National Theatre Live)
- rehearsal spaces
- workshop rooms
- a café with an outdoor terrace

» Our transformation since 2019 - read more?

Get Involved!

There are loads of ways young people can get creative with us -we run weekly theatre sessions, young creatives projects and a young writers programme, get in touch to find out more...

Where? Theatre Porto, Whitby Park, Whitby Park, CH65 6QY

To sign-up for Drama Droplets, Drama Drop-In, Young Creatives or Young Writers please contact

Funnelwick Limb in association with
Theatre Porto and Eastern Angles present

The Chronicles
of Atom & Luna

Atom and Luna are twins. They never break any rules and never, ever go into the wood. But when life takes an unexpected turn all rules are turned upside down.

Packed full of puppetry, music and Murray Lachlan Young's lyrical text, The Chronicles of Atom & Luna is brought thrillingly to life by director Nina Hajiyianni.

19th October - 23rd October 2022

An other-worldly adventure for ages 7–107 - book now!

A Christmas Show for everyone.
Co-production with Teatro Pomodoro.

Star of Wonder

A delightful new show, based on the idea of three wise figures following a star. Our three heroes fall-out, get lost, overcome obstacles and finally find what they are looking for.

Based on our trademark visual style, Star of Wonder is made with children at St. Bernard's RC Primary School, Ellesmere Port in collaboration with the international team at Teatro Pomodoro.

5th December - 21st December 2022

Tickets available now... book today!

We need you more than ever!

Without your support we wouldn't be where we are today. As a small, dedicated team, we remain passionate about keeping our arts provision free for local young people. One of the easisest ways you can support us, is to donate via our latest Crowdfunder campaign where we are aiming to raise funds for our inclusive engagement programme.

Theatre Porto, Whitby Park,
Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 6QY

  • 0151 357 2120

To sign-up for Drama Droplets, Drama Drop-In, Young Creatives or Young Writers please contact

For general enquiries about our projects and programme, please contact

If you are an artist or company interested in partnerships or bringing work to us contact

If you are interested in hiring our spaces as offices or for events/groups please complete this form

If you are a school and are interested in working with us contact