As well as self-initiated projects, fanSHEN offers facilitation and consultancy. We enjoy the challenge of reframing questions to allow for new solutions, helping people approach problems in innovative ways, and generally bringing a creative and fun approach to whatever the situation is. We've worked with conferences and higher education partners, national museums and independent arts organisations.

A few examples of the work we've done are listed below.

(Dan and Rachel also work freelance in various capacities - see our pages for more theatre-specific experience.)


Science Uncovered at GNM Hancock Museum

fanSHEN were commissioned to work with the Hancock’s curators to develop new interactive and participatory activities which would enable adult visitors to this evening event to see the collections in a different way. We took the museum staff through an ideas generation process and then supported them to lead on delivering the activities – which will be redelivered in the future.

fanSHEN were fantastic to work with and really helped us to develop some great ideas for events at the GNM: Hancock. Rachel and Dan understood exactly how to get us thinking about how to engage our audience with what we do in new and creative ways. Looking forward to working with them again in the future!
— Alex Boyd, Exhibitions Officer, GNM: Hancock

Design for Sharing Conference

We worked with Design For Sharing Conference to create an after-lunch (traditionally the graveyard slot) activity which would enable conference delegates to explore three imagined developments of the sharing economy in 2044 in a dynamic way.

I worked with Fanshen recently on a day-long meeting about ‘sharing’ where I particularly wanted people to have an experience of sharing, not just sit through a lot of talk. The team was imaginative from the beginning and came up with great ideas for what we could do. I would wholeheartedly recommend their pleasant, thoughtful style and insight into how to get the best out of people.
— Dr Ann Light, Professor of Design, Northumbria University

Stories of Change, Open University

Over a period of six months we designed a programme of workshops to engage young people not in education or employment with ideas around London’s energy future. We then collaborated with the young people to create a game which they facilitated with members of the public at City Hall and an event at Somerset House.


Organisational development with Accidental Collective

Rachel worked with independent theatre company Accidental Collective over four months to help lead artists Pablo and Daisy refine the company's vision, define priorities and create a three year plan.

Rachel was generous and caring whilst getting us to dig deep and navigate complex questions around our work and how we run the company. Her wealth of professional experience, incisive approach, and the specific tools she shared with us were extremely helpful.
— Daisy Orton & Pablo Pakula, Accidental Collective