An unheard voice at the centre of every theatre performance in Cambodia
To expand opportunities to create, perform, witness and participate in theatre that explores personal stories and experiences from Cambodian society.
LKO is a Battambang-based grassroots Cambodian theatre group, dedicated to the inclusive development of Lakhon Niyeay (Cambodian Spoken Theatre).
We received NGO registration status from the Royal Cambodian Government Ministry of Interior in 2019.
Theatre must cultivate emotional intelligence and critical consciousness in its creators, spectators and participants in order to ignite agency.
We partner with community members, groups and organizations to create impactful theatre for social good. Our commitment to transparency and mutual respect means we never appropriate others’ voices, experiences, contributions or successes.
Professionalism and artistic development:
We never stop learning and improving. We push standards of expectation higher in order to maximise the potential of Cambodian theatre and everyone who engages with it.
Lakhon Komnit means "Thinking Theatre" in Khmer. Our inclusive, participatory programs and activities are designed to support Cambodian people to cultivate critical thinking skills.
Theatre for Empowerment
Projects for marginalised Cambodian adults
Experienced artist-facilitators lead workshops to support participants to examine and express challenging experiences through theatre, and create Forum Theatre shows to amplify their voices. Participants perform to community members and authorities in public locations which are not conventional theatre spaces.
Conflict transformation through theatre
Partnership with forumZFD (ongoing)
Theatre for the Future
Workshops for Cambodian youth
From half day "taster" sessions to intensive 5 day short courses, these workshops welcome 16-25 year olds to explore their experiences through theatre. Using Theatre of the Oppresses techniques and methodologies, participants meet new people, practise new skills and encounter new ideas. Workshops run in schools, universities and on-site at LKO.
Theatre for Problem Solving
As an implementing partner to local and international NGOs
LKO’s team of professional artists create and tour topic-based Forum Theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences on social and development issues, performing to partner organizations’ target audiences in community settings across Cambodia.
MAG Cambodia partnership: Forum Theatre for strengthening Explosive Ordinance Rise Education
Partners for Rural Development and ACIAR partnership: Forum Theatre on challenges of cassava farmers
Samaritan's Purse: Forum Theatre against human trafficking - safe migration awareness raising campaign