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Theatre news round-up!

At Theatre Peckham, we think it is important for young people interested in the arts to stay involved and aware of what is happening in the industry  – outside of their home youth theatres – and this regular post will summarize the biggest items of arts and theatre news of the week.

There hasn’t been a lot of good news this week in the theatre industry, but a few very significant things have happened.

1) The Battersea Arts Centre Fire. 

On Friday there was a major fire at Battersea Arts Centre. The BAC is a very influential theatre, and the theatre and local communities have gathered together to support it in this time. They have been raising money, and even managed to get shows back on in one of the rooms just a few days after the fire wiped out a significant amount of the building – including the Grand Hall which was their largest theatre space. Our Act Up group had been at the BAC just a week before watching a performance in the Grand Hall. The show they saw has since lost all it’s staging, props and costume in the fire.

2) The closing of Ideastap

This technically happened last week, but it’s very important news particularly for young artists. Ideastap provided support for emerging artists with funding, mentoring, and training opportunities – all accessed for free, without it there are few other schemes offering similar support to people in the early stages of their careers. If you would like to sign a petition, or read more about the closure of ideastap you can do so here.

3) The Olivier Awards

To round off with some lighter news, the nominations for the Olivier Awards were announced last week. (It’s like the Oscar’s for British Theatre) The Young Vic had the most nominations with 11. It was also announced that dancer and choreographer, Sylvie Guillem will be honoured with a special award at the ceremony that takes place on the 12th April.


Thats it for this week’s round up. Watch this space for next fridays edition – hopefully with something more cheery to discuss.




Half Way!

Hello everyone! Congratulations on making it to Half Term, we hope you’ve all had a nice week off!

We have quite a busy second half of this term, so here are some important dates and news.

Firstly, we come back from half term on

Monday 22nd Feb – Saturday 28th March.

1) YTP 2015 is our new open access course for people 14 and up, who are interested in drama, and devised theatre. It is a free course, and lasts for 5 weeks. It begins on Thursday 26th February 5-7pm Peckham Library. You must sign up online before attending.

2) Theatre School 1, Theatre School 2, Drama 2, and Act Up! are taking their Trinity Guildhall exams. These will take place on Saturday 28th March. Wish them luck!

3) Ballet and Tap exams will take place on Saturday 23rd May!

4) We are welcoming Rosie to our Saturday workshop team, so if you see a new face around say hi!

That’s all for now, but don’t forget to keep an eye on your emails, for updates.

See you next week!

Young Dance Company Auditions!

Do you like to Dance?

If you are 12 or over, and think you’ve got moves, then come along to our Youth Dance Company auditions, and you could be performing in high profile venues across London, like Sadlers Well’s and The Southbank Centre!

You don’t have to be a Theatre Peckham member, or have any dance training. If you think you have what it takes, then we want to meet you!

The audition will be held on


5-6pm 2nd Floor Peckham Library

See you there dancers!

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New Year, New Term!

Happy New Year!

We are back in the office after the christmas break, and preparing for the new term which starts on Monday 12th January. Don’t forget to enrol your child for the new term, otherwise they wont be on the register! If you are having any problems booking or are interested in organising a taster class please call the office and we will be happy to help you.

We have lots of exciting new developments in the pipeline so watch this space to keep up to date on the latest Theatre Peckham happenings, and opportunities to get involved in.

See you next week!



The Magic Paintbrush: Book Tickets Now!

Book tickets now for Theatre Peckham’s 2014 Christmas show, The Magic Paintbrush, featuring Theatre Peckham’s talented students.

Long ago in ancient China there was a very poor village where even the children had to work in the fields. The poor people had half their crops taken from them. Half of everything they made had to be given to the King. This King was very selfish and wanted to keep everything for himself, especially anything bright and beautiful, so he forbade all the ordinary people to wear bright, colourful clothing. Anyone found wearing colourful clothes would be punished!

In the village was a young girl called Ling. Ling was a lively girl, and more than anything Ling loved to draw. She would draw with a stick in sand, with chalk on a wall, and as she drew she would think of all the things she could make for people, if only her drawings were real. One day she was given a MAGIC PAINTBRUSH. Ling’s drawings were bright, colourful and MAGICAL!

In this colourful, exciting production of an old Chinese tale, the talented children of Theatre Peckham’s performing arts programme join with professional actors to produce a marvellous, musical tale of magic, with very many surprises! Come and find out how Ling was given the magic paintbrush, how she used it to help many people and to overcome those who wanted to steal her MAGIC PAINTBRUSH.