Theatre Works 2024

Theatre Works is Theatre Peckham’s annual event 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.

Aged 14-25 and interested in taking part? You can view the full programme below. To book, please complete the two form below.

When : 18th June 2024


10:00-11:30Sound Design
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts offers vocational, hands-on courses prepare you for life-long careers in the creative industries. Come and join us to gain an insight into Sound Design with our Senior Sound Tutor Bruce Sharpe. 
This is an introduction to basic lighting for a production with Jack Goodwin. Explore the processes in how different lighting systems and what we need to put on a show. Including: basic rigging, understanding the different types of lights we use and basic programming.  
14:00-15:30Stage Management
The Stage Manager plays a pivotal role in any production. This workshop will introduce participants to the roles and responsibilities of the Stage Management team and some of the key skills they need for the successful running of a show from the first rehearsal through to the final performance. 
16:00-18:00Acting in the Theatre
In this practical workshop, Toby will introduce you to what he believes are the key elements of Naturalistic Acting, based on his extensive experience of working in both Stage & Screen. This workshop is aimed at Actors who are in the early stages of their careers

Bruce Sharpe is a freelance composer of sound scores for dance and scenic, sound and audio-visual content design for drama. He has created immersive and performance works funded by The British Council, Arts Council and Fonds Nord Rhein Westfalen, including Siobahn Davies, Henry Montes, Theatre Rites in UK and abroad. He is the senior technician at University of Roehampton and Specialist Technical Tutor at University of Bristol. 

Jack is a freelance production electrician and programmer for theatre, dance, music and events. Originally from Suffolk and currently based in London, Jack has just finished his studies at Mountview with a BA (Hons) Degree in Theatre Production Arts with a lighting specialism. 

Recent credits include: She Loves Me (Backstage Theatre), Caucasian Chalk Circle (The Mack Theatre), Flowers For Mrs Harris (Riverside Studios), Rapunzel (Theatre Peckham), 9to5 (The Mack Theatre), What I Hear I Keep (Talawa Studio).  

Elizabeth started working in theatre in 2008 and since then has worked extensively as a technician, company stage manager and deputy stage manager on a range of productions, including devised work, new musicals, large-scale musicals, corporate events and orchestral concerts. She has taught Stage Management at the University of East Anglia, LAMDA, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and Mountview, and since 2023 has been Head of Production Arts Training at Mountview. 

Toby Clarke has enjoyed a career spanning 20 years in Theatre, TV and Film as a Director, Playwright and Acting Coach. Nominated for Olivier and Offie awards for his directing work, Toby has recently worked on Queenie (Channel 4), Get Millie Black (HBO), Sherwood (ITV) and Christy (BBC) as an Acting Coach. His clients have starred in Eastenders, Top Boy, Hollyoaks, and at the Almeida, Royal Court & Bush Theatre. 

In this practical workshop, Toby will introduce you to what he believes are the key elements of Naturalistic Acting, based on his extensive experience of working in both Stage & Screen. This workshop is aimed at Actors who are in the early stages of their careers 

Studio 1

10:00-11:30Set Design
In this Design workshop, we will explore how stage designers develop ideas from text and communicate using scale models. Using recycled materials workshop members will have a chance to create a small model to communicate their ideas of a Set design based on a song or poem.   
12:00-13:30Stage Combat
The Workshop will be an introduction to stage combat focusing on the key principles of all combat through the use of Hand to Hand and training knives. These principles include:  
Body Mechanics  
Weapons used  
Intention/ Narrative 
We will also look at core safety elements such as eye contact and distance,and look at learning some choreography. 
14:00-15:30Costume Design
In this workshop we will explore how costume designs are developed and then realised. 
From reading and understanding a script, to how to create a costume design. I will then explain how page is brought to stage with a team of costume professionals! 

Jasmine is a performance designer based in London. Working across theatre, dance, installation and film. Her design credits include Lady Dealer (The Bush Theatre), Rapunzel (Theatre Peckham), The Shoemaker (WNO), An End to A Beginning (The Walk with Amal). Prop design credits include Beneatha’s place, (Young Vic). 

Jasmine graduated from her BA at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2022 where she was awarded the principal’s award for drama. 

Joseph Reed is an actor, freelance fight director, qualified instructor of the BGSC and stage combat tutor at the London Academy of Dramatic Art. He is highly skilled in many weapon arts, applying the principles of body mechanics passed on to him byJohn Waller and Rodney Cottier. He has worked on the West end, at the Globe, the Watermill and many others. He is also a student of Kong dao kwan wing chun gung fu. 

Isabella is an award winning Production Designer and Art Director for Theatre, Dance, Opera, Immersive Productions and Film. She has presented her work in both large and small venues across the U.K. as well as in Europe, South America and the Middle East. 

Art Direction Credits include: Peaky Blinders : The Rise (Riyadh Festival, Saudi Arabia); Knorr : Dare to Try (Swamp Motel, Mexico); Dirty Dancing (Secret Cinema, London)  

Theatre credits include (as Designer): Orange Tree Theatre; Jermyn Street Theatre, VALUT Festival, Southwark Playhouse

Studio 2

10:00-11:30Applied Theatre
​​Join us for a dynamic drama workshop starting at 10:00am with a fun check-in to understand each other better. We’ll then move into engaging warm-up games focusing on body and voice, followed by drama games that encourage storytelling and improvisation. Alternative games will be available in case of low engagement. After a short break, we’ll rehearse for a performance with cues provided by the facilitator. Don’t miss the sharing and feedback afterwards.
The workshop will focus on bringing stories to life creatively. The workshop will celebrate unlocking your unique vision and center playfulness as a key element of directing for theatre by using simple but effective methods.  
How do I write a play? Looking at fundamentals such as structure, form, plot and character, this workshop will cover some of the ways to write for theatre, and what the job of the playwright entails.’ 

As an Artist in Residency at Break and Joins in London, I deliver workshops on Mending. Previously, I was an Assistant Director at the Etcetera Theatre. I have experience as a Creative Workshop Leader, Practitioner, and Producer focusing on mental health through creative workshops. Additionally, I have worked as a Drama Workshop Facilitator and Assistant at Irondale in Brooklyn, where I supported the development of workshops for adolescents and adults, created end-of-year pieces, and collaborated with NYPD officers and civilians to enhance communication skills. My work spans nationally and internationally, reaching diverse audiences with a passion for creativity and self-expression.

Vikesh Godhwani is an award-winning freelance theatre director, writer, producer & workshop facilitator & the co-artistic director of Chalk Line Theatre. 

His directing and writing credits include Aura: A Musical in the Dark (Teatru Malta, Europride 2023), Panto in the Dark Series (Teatru Malta, Esplora, Spazju Kreattiv), 2044 (Manoel Theatre, Ziguzajg) & Ulysses: A portrait of an Artist on Fire (Victoria International Arts Festival, 2022).  

Vikesh is currently the Projects Producer/Programmer at Theatre Peckham. He has a Masters in Arts & Cultural Management from King’s College London, is a Stage One bursary recipient, is a JCI Malta TOYP Cultural Impact Recipient,  a three-time Malta Arts Award recipient, has been nominated for an OffFest Award & won a Standing Ovation Award for The Nobodies and was a finalist for an Offie for Blanket Ban. 

James Fritz is a playwright whose work includes: The Flea (Yard Theatre, London, 2023); Lava (Nottingham Playhouse/Fifth Word, 2018; revived 2022); Parliament Square (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, and Bush Theatre, London, 2017; winner of Bruntwood Prize Judges Award); Start Swimming (Young Vic, Edinburgh Fringe, 2017); The Fall (National Youth Theatre at the Finborough Theatre, London, 2016); Comment is Free (Old Vic New Voices, 2015; BBC Radio 4, 2016; winner of the Imison and Tinniswood Awards for audio drama, 2017); Ross & Rachel (MOTOR at Assembly George Square, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2015; 59E59 Theaters, New York); Four Minutes Twelve Seconds (Hampstead Theatre, 2014; Most Promising Playwright, Critics’ Circle Awards) and Lines (Rosemary Branch Theatre, 2011).


We will also have stands from different drama schools and organisations where young people can get more information about further education or opportunities that can be beneficial to them. 

TP Surgeries

Here is your opportunity to ask members of the Theatre Peckham team specific questions. Need advice on marketing your first show or on fundraising? Need a one-to-one session with a producer to look over an application? This is your chance! You can book a slot on the day at TP.  

Slots will take place at: 
11.30 – 12pm
1.30 – 2pm
3.30 – 4pm 

There will be a ticketed panel event, please note that this is a paid event

If you are attending our workshops, a code will be sent to you that will grant access to the panel event at a discounted price

ALT. Productions presents a Q&A event with stage and screen actors Déja Bowens (Champion, BBC), Demmy Ladipo (Barbershop Chronicles, National Theatre, The Kitchen, Netflix, Dreaming Whilst Black, Showtime), and Rasaq Kukoyi (Andor, Disney, His House, Netflix, The Last Tree), chaired by Theatre Peckham’s CEO and Artistic Director Suzann McLean. 

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Whether you are an emerging actor or thinking about an acting career, this is an opportunity to chat to established actors as they share their journey, insights and invaluable tips for breaking into the industry!