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Theatre Works 2022

Theatre Works is Theatre Peckham’s annual un-conference for young people whose experiences are typically underrepresented in the theatre industry. Through a day full of workshops and activities led by industry professionals, plus opportunities to meet other like-minded creatives, Theatre Works is the event centring young minds who are seeking a career in the creative sector.

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Thursday 14 July

Intro to Technical Theatre 
10.30am – 12pm
Get hands-on experience in lighting, stage and sound with Theatre Peckham’s Head of Production Ina Miller and Lighting Designer Joe Hornsby. Including: basic rigging, understanding the different types of lights we use, our sound system, programming (sound and light). Plus use your own creativity to make different scenes for an imaginary show!

Intro to Commercial Producing
10.30am – 12pm
Interested in theatre producing? Want to learn about how to produce your own theatre piece? Join ChuChu Nwagu’s intro to commercial producing workshop and get hands on experience from one of the top commercial producers in London. 

Lion King Vocal & Staging Workshop
12pm – 1:30pm 
A vocal-led workshop inspired by the musical Lion King led by award-winning Musical Director Ian Oakley (Associate MD, Lion King) with staging by Melody Sinclair (Associate Choreographer, Six). Learn a musical section from the show and then stand it up and enjoy the fun of this iconic musical. This workshop is for anyone who loves to sing.

Theatre Design
12pm – 1:30 pm 
Using words as a starting point Emma Wee will help you discover how physical design can be used to transform space, inform and manipulate how an audience sees a piece of theatre within a performance space. This workshop will be very hands on and is open to all; it’s a strictly no-drawing needed but all-ideas necessary environment! 

2:15pm – 3:45pm 
If we have compelling characters, we can make compelling stories. In this workshop playwright, Jeremiah Brown (SugarJPoet) will guide you through the process of unearthing interesting and meaty characters.  

2:15pm 3pm
Interested in telling stories with a camera? Explore photography and its links with theatre in this unique workshop with the acclaimed photographer Seye Isikalu. An opportunity to experiment and create unique visual work. 

Live Q+A with Kiza Deen and Landry Adelard
4pm 5pm 
Theatre Peckham Board Member and award-winning writer, performer and facilitator, Natasha Brown will host a live in-conversation and Q&A with actors, Kiza Deen and Reice Weathers, opening discussions about the theatre industry. 

  • How do we make theatre work?  
  • How do we abandon elitist hierarchies within the industry to allow for more meaningful, intergenerational exchanges?  
  • How do you imagine theatre in the future? 

    Join the conversations, and let’s create together a more inclusive, representative and influential theatre industry.  

Friday 15 July

Working With Puppets  
10:30am – 12pm  
Maia Kirkman-Richards shows you how to create a simple puppet from paper and bring it to life. Explore the basic rules of puppet making as well as how to begin devising with puppets. Open to absolute beginners and to anyone that has wondered how to include an element of puppetry in their work. 

Set Design Workshop: Model making
10:30am – 12pm 
An intro into model making with Sandra Falase, focusing on scenic modelling and painting techniques for stage. The themes of the workshop will centre around subversive spaces, by sharing referential images and through discussions we will aim to practically incorporate some of these themes within the models we create by the end of the workshop. 

Prosthetics and SFX with Mountview  
12pm – 1:30pm 
A taster session, led by Lisa Martin (Senior Prop making tutor at Mountview), that will give you the opportunity to experience special make up effects and what it takes to create realistic wounds and cuts. 

12pm – 1:30pm
Director and writer Steven Kavuma provides an intro to directing for theatre. We will look at planning a rehearsal, attacking a script, and finding your voice as a director. 

Musical Theatre Ensemble Song & Dance Workshop with ICTheatre Brighton  
2:15pm – 3:45pm  
In this energetic, fun workshop you will be working as an Ensemble to create a musical theatre production number ‘Way Down Hadestown’. You will work with Lesley Van Egmond on the ensemble song and with Bree Smith on the choreography which will be a fun, adventurous journey.

Cross Narrative and Multiplatform Storytelling  
2:15pm – 3:45pm 
Singer-songwriter, lyricist, theatre maker and teacher Michaela Betts will lead a workshop exploring how to tell a single story across multiple platforms using different media. The workshop will include: capturing & developing ideas, project planning, cross-media seriality, collaboration and more.

Live Q+A with Anni Domingo, Jonzi D and Simon Mayonda
4pm 5pm
A talk and Q&A with the acclaimed MC, dancer, spoken word artist and director Jonzi D and Chair of Theatre Peckham actress, writer, director and lecturer Anni Domingo, hosted by actor and Theatre Peckham Board Member Simon Manyonda.  

Speaker Bios

Ina Miller started her career following studies at drama-college in Sweden. She has 17 years’ professional experience as a theatre technician and production manager, working across a breadth of productions based within theatres and festival spaces ranging from small fringe to large-scale venues. As Head of Production at Theatre Peckham she manages visiting companies, events and shows, this includes overseeing all the aspects of production, communication, technical specifications and health and safety.  

Joe Hornsby is a lighting designer of theatre, dance, immersive productions, music and events. His recent credits include Gecko Theatre, Theatre Rites, Deafinitely Theatre, James Cousins, Strictly Arts Theatre Company, Marc Brew Company and Pell Ensemble. In 2018, Joe was associate designer on the West End transfer of hit musical Caroline, Or Change. Joe trained in Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths.

Chuchu Nwagu runs Chuchu Nwagu Productions (CNP) a London-based theatrical and entertainment production company which develops, invests in and produces theatre and live entertainment. As a Black-led commercial production company CNP proactively develops a diverse workforce and aggressively generates opportunities for their employees and collaborators.

Ian Oakley is a London based, award winning musical director, composer and arranger with more than 25 years’ experience in both the UK and the USA. Commended for his versatility, Ian has worked across the spectrum of the music industry – from the creative genesis of a project, to working with legendary Grammy Award-winning artists (Dionne Warwick, Take 6), to conducting orchestras (London Symphony Orchestra).

Melody Sinclair studied Urban Dance Practice at the University of East London. Alongside her studies, Melody became a member of ZooNation Dance Company. She is currently working as a model, dancer, choreographer/teacher and is proud to be an Associate Choreographer on SIX. Melody’s credits include: Groove on Down the Road (Royal Festival Hall), The International Olympic Committee Head of State Performance (Royal Opera House), Breakin’ Convention (Sadler’s Wells Theatre), BBC Dance Proms (Royal Albert Hall). 

Emma Wee originally trained as a sculptor and works as a designer and director in theatre, opera and site-specific collaborations. Her work includes The Wonderful (Theatre Peckham), Extremism (Theatre Peckham), Driving Miss Daisy (York Theatre Royal) The Hounding of David Oluwale (West Yorkshire Playhouse/ Eclipse Theatre), The Love for Three Oranges (Scottish Opera) Die Lustige Witwe, (Vlaamse Opera – Ghent), Faust (as revival director – ROH), Marriage of Figaro and Carmen (Opera Holland Park).

Jeremiah Brown is a Black British-Jamaican writer and actor based in Croydon. He’s a Royal Court Writers’ Group, Soho Theatre’s Writers’ Lab, and Barbican Young Poet alum, as well as a former Roundhouse Resident Artist. His debut solo show Likkle Rum with Grandma had a sold out run at the Albany in 2019. Jeremiah’s commissions include Nationwide Building Society, St Paul’s Cathedral, Barbican and The Poetry Society. His Sugar Shots newsletter comes out every Wednesday where he offers you his weekly musings like a shot. 

Seye Isikalu is a London based portrait photographer and filmmaker. Born and raised in London to Nigerian parents, he developed the ability to adapt between and take elements from the contrasting cultures, for a unique angle in his visual work. Seye is best known for his vibrant and clean photographic style centring Black subjects, his love of his heritage, culture, nostalgia and social commentary. His clients and features include Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, The Fader, Dazed, Allure, Harrods, Nike London, Google, Sony Music, Paramount and Channel 4. 

Kiza Deen trained at RADA. Her work in theatre includes Rockets and Blue Lights at the Royal Exchange; All’s Well That Ends Well, As You Like It and Hamlet at the RSC; The Phlebotomist at Hampstead; Random at Leeds Playhouse; Br’er Cotton at Theatre503; Expensive Sh*t (Soho); Trouble in Mind (Ustinov Studio, Bath); The Selfish Act of Community (The Island); Crave (Young Vic); Touch (Arcola); My Life (The Warehouse). TV includes Young Wallander, Silent Witness, Hollyoaks and Casualty.

Natasha Brown is an award-winning writer, performer and facilitator. Her work interrogates power, identity and community. She has been part of the Soho Writers’ Lab and the Bush Theatre’s Emerging Writers’ Group. Her debut play I AM [NOT] KANYE WEST ran at the Bunker Theatre and received rave reviews. She has also made work with Boundless Theatre, Burn Bright, Bush Theatre, Clean Break, Donmar Warehouse, Theatre Royal Stratford East and The Old Vic. She is a Board Member at Theatre Peckham, Head of Artistic Development at Uproot Productions, and an Associate Writer at Middle Child Theatre.

Landry Adelard is an actor. Theatre includes: The Killing Class (Young & Talented/Oxford House); Number 1 (Bush); Cinderella Init (Young & Talented). Television includes: Casualty, Excluded, Crimewatch, Columbite Tantalite.

Maia Kirkman-Richards is a designer, maker and director of puppetry. In 2018 she was selected for the Old Vic 12 as their first Puppetry Consultant. As Puppet Director and Designer, theatre includes: There’s A Rang-Tan In My Bedroom (Little Angel); My Cloud (National Theatre of Qatar); Our Teacher’s A Troll (Ruined Theatre); The Butterfly Lion (The Barn Theatre); A Dickensian Christmas (The Old Library); Look Up (UK Tour); A Stone’s Throw (Edinburgh International Book Festival). 

Sandra Falase is an interdisciplinary artist based in London, with a primary focus on live performance design, illustration, and graphic design within their practice. Their formal training was completed at the University for the Creative Arts. In 2018, they became the first recipient of the design bursary awarded by MGCFutures, in conjunction with the Gate Theatre. Theatre includes: J’Ouvert (Theatre503 & Sonia Friedman Productions); This is Black (Bunker Theatre); Romeo & Juliet (Orange Tree Theatre);  Living Newspaper (Royal Court). 

Lisa Martin studied Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School, specialising in Figurative Sculpture, and from there stepped into the role of model maker, creating prototypes for the toy industry. She subsequently completed a PGCE in Art and Design at Goldsmith’s and taught in adult education, and opened an art centre, providing after-school activities and art parties. After exhibiting her work at IMATS and Creaturegeddon, Lisa spent 10 years working in the events and theatre industry and in 2019 completed a foundation degree in Stage Management and Technical Theatre at RADA. 

Steven Kavuma is a writer and director. Throughout his career he has passionately advocated for change within the theatre industry. He is currently Course Leader of Foundation Acting at ArtsEd and featured in The Stage 100 list (2020) as one of the most influential people in theatre. He is the co-founder of Uproot Productions, is a socially driven cross-arts production company and co-founder of Diversity School Initiative, a campaign initiative addressing under- representation/diversity in UK drama schools. Directing credits include Romeo and Juliet (Globe Theatre/Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).

Lesley Van Egmond is an Ensemble Singing Tutor at ICTheatre Brighton. She is the founder and teacher of LOVE vocals in St Leonards-on-Sea, teaching vocals and keys to students of all ages. Lesley has been involved in many musical shows, on stage as a singing principal in shows such as Beauty and the Beast, Jesus Christ Superstar and Elton John’s Aida. She has performed in the orchestra pit playing keys and has musical directed/vocal coached many shows, including local youth productions.

Bree Smith teaches and choreographs regularly at ICTheatre Brighton. She has been treading the boards since the tender age of 10 and is proud to have performed at venues such as Royal Albert Hall and London Palladium in a variety of professional roles. Bree graduated from Arts Educational with BA Hons Musical Theatre and has an Associate Degree in Street Dance. Some of her stage credits include; Ensemble in Evita (Regents Park Open Air Theatre); Grandma in Dick Whittington (Theatre Royal Stratford East); 1st Cover Anita in West Side Story (Royal Exchange Theatre); The Wiz (Hope Mill Theatre). 

Michaela Betts is a singer songwriter, lyricist, theatre maker and teacher working from studios in Surrey and London. She runs the production company and record label No Peroxide, which produces fresh, cross-genre theatre and niche, independent music. She is the concept originator and songwriter/lyricist of the club theatre musical When the Lights Come Up and has an EP Ripe Fruit of cinematic folk songs. Michaela is an established session singer, pianist and West End singing teacher. She has recorded two albums with the art-pop band Theghostorchestra.

Jonzi D has changed the profile and influenced the development of the UK British hip hop dance and theatre scene over the last two decades. Since founding Breakin’ Convention in 2004 Jonzi has triumphed in raising the profile and giving a platform to hip hop disciplines, which has gained worldwide recognition as being at the vanguard of the development of the art form. Through professional development projects, Open Art Surgery, and Back to the Lab, Jonzi has supported hundreds of hip hop dance and rap/poetry artists on their journey to creating theatre. 

Anni Domingo is an actress, writer, director, lecturer and MA graduate of Anglia Ruskin Creative Writing. Her poems and short stories have been published in various anthologies. Her first novel, Breaking the Maafa Chain (Jacaranda, 2021) was shortlisted in the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize and won Myriad Editions First Novel Competition; an extract of which is in their New Daughters of Africa Anthology. In 2022, she became Chair of Theatre Peckham.

Simon Manyonda is a theatre, TV, and film actor known for Doctor Who, King Lear, The Bay and His Dark Materials. He has worked with some of the worlds finest directors and actors. He is committed to working with young artists and is a Board Member for Theatre Peckham.