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Peckham Extended

A series of FREE creative and wellbeing workshops for our local community.

Join us for regular free arts and wellbeing programmes and workshops across May, June and July, especially for the Sceaux Gardens Estate and nearby local community. With weekly sessions on Taster Tuesdays where you can try new activities like steel pans, yoga and Afro Caribbean dance, and a longer writing and storytelling programme culminating in a live performance at Theatre Peckham.

Local Legends: Writing for Stage
6-8pm Thursdays 9, 16, 23 and 30 June (sharing on 7 July)

Calling all Local Legends from Sceaux Gardens Estate and the surrounding area! Theatre Peckham are running a series of 4 writing-for-stage workshops which will teach you all the skills you need to create your first short play, story or monologue. 

We’re looking for local writers aged 14+ to create and share intergenerational, local stories and experiences from the nearby community. In a friendly, supportive environment, you’ll explore structure, plot, dialogue, character journey, staging everything you need to bring your ideas to life, culminating in a sharing of your work on 7 July in Undercroft.  

No previous experience is required but an interest in reading and writing is desired. There will be some discussions about the theatre industry and how to get your work performed beyond these workshops. 

There are five spaces available for writers aged 14-17 and five spaces available for writers aged 18+ (there is no upper age limit). 

The course is run by award-winning playwright, Max Wilkinson, who has run similar workshops for the last 7 years.  

Max Wilkinson is an award-winning playwright. His current play, Rainer, about a nosey delivery rider as she crosses London each night, will run at the Arcola Theatre for three weeks in June. Max loves to work with local communities to create work, unearthing the stories and myths that bubble under the surface of every community and celebrating the people and places that comprise it. He has run playwriting labs and workshops for several years with the Yard Theatre, the Gate Theatre, the Arcola, the Southwark Playhouse, Flux Theatre, the Actors’ Centre and now, as a die-hard South-Londoner, is delighted to be working with Theatre Peckham, Max’s local theatre, on their brilliant new programme.


Taster Tuesdays

31 May to 12 July, 10am-12pm

Free refreshments will be available in the Theatre Peckham foyer after each session.

31 MAY – Coffee Morning with Theatre Peckham and Steel Pans with Steel Pan Project UK
A relaxed morning of free tea, coffee and cake (no need to book), followed by a steel pan workshop.

7 JUNE – Guided Meditation/Yoga with Ben Christopher
Take a break from the stresses of everyday life and joint us for an introductory morning nurturing yoga and mindfulness. All are welcome.  Ben Christopher is a London-based creative with his roots in mindfulness and wellbeing. Alongside teaching yoga for young people and adults, he works with various creative/self-expression groups, including teaching for the Theatre Peckham Academy.

14 JUNE – Reggae Choir with Fola Phillip
An exciting non-audition, non-religious, contemporary ensemble, open to all who enjoy singing reggae music, regardless of skill or experience. 
Formed in 2012 by award-winning singer-songwriter Fola Phillip, Reggae Choir have performed at many events and festivals including the UK’s largest reggae and dub festival ‘One Love’, The London International Ska Festival and Royal Festival Hall.

21 JUNE – Steel Pans with Steel Pan Project UK
Always wanted to learn a new instrument? Well, now’s your chance! Sign up for this group steel pan workshop. You’ll learn the basics of steel pan playing and some of your favourite songs. It’s a great chance to meet new people and enjoy music. 

28 JUNE – Floor-Mat Exercise Class with Elizabeth Muchechetere
A group interactive workout and brief educational talk on making exercise fun, wellness and wellbeing – open to all. 
Elizabeth Muchechetere is a qualified and experienced physiotherapist, specialising in neuro-rehabilitation.

5 JULY- Introduction to Afro Caribbean Dance with Tavaziva Dance
This two-hour session will explore Afro Caribbean rhythms and steps in an accessible, fun dance session for a wide range of participants. Suitable for the whole community, it is a chance to let go, dance and have fun!
Asmara Cammock is a company dancer with Tavaziva Dance, which she joined in 2017. Her credits include Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Windrush ‘The Movement of the People’. She trained at BRIT School and Northern School of Contemporary Dance.    

12 JULY – Coffee Morning with Theatre Peckham

Come and enjoy a morning of free tea, coffee and cake with your neighbours and the Theatre Peckham team – it’s a chance to meet some new local people and find out more about what Theatre Peckham has in store for you. 
No need to sign up just pop in on the day.