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Young, Gifted & Black 2023

1 October – 4 November

Theatre Peckham’s season of theatre, music, film and poetry celebrating the voices and work of London’s best young Black talent.

Curated by our Young Peckham Coordinator Jamel Alatise.

Tickets are available on our What’s On page!

Or you can view the full line up here:

Exhibition / Walk & Talk Workshop (1-2 Oct)
Photography exhibition Contemporary Creatives by Alex Galloway captures the breadth of young creatives contributing to the cultural landscape of South London and beyond. Pop in to Theatre Peckham’s foyer during our opening hours to view the exhibition.
Launch: 1 Oct, 1-3pm
Walk-and-talk workshops: 2 Oct, 12pm

Special Effects Workshop (4 Oct, 5pm)
Join Tamara James Dickson for a practical workshop guiding you through the process of creating special effects for theatre and live performance, revealing some of the mysteries behind her show Bystanders in the lead up to the performance. 

Bystanders (6-8 Oct, 3:30pm & 7:30pm)
K knows something is going on with her partner M. He’s been distant, moody, and withdrawn. Things take a turn for the worst when M is diagnosed with depression and K finds herself trying to conceal the true extent of M’s decline in mental health, in a desperate attempt at keeping the relationship going.
Set in the heart of the Caribbean home, this story explores love, loss, and generational trauma, through the lens of Caribbean spirituality.

I Love Acting, But F**k This Industry (10-18 Oct, 3:30pm & 7:30pm)
A global pandemic and a strike have flipped an entire industry on its head.
Close friends Manny, Ade, and Zion, three “urban” South London natives, try to navigate their way through the post-pandemic acting industry in 2023. Facing a battle between the love of their craft and the disheartening acting industry that pays for it, their group dynamic and mental health are put to the test along the way.

Scratch Night: Young Writers and Creators Showcase (12 Oct, 8pm)
Join us for an evening of new work, featuring exciting pieces in development belonging to our network of Young Peckhamers. This showcase will include commentary on the zeitgeist and contemporary life, offering fresh perspectives on the world we live in through innovative storytelling. 

Playwriting workshop (18 Oct, 6pm)
Join writer Shamila Sulaiman, playwright of Roll Your Sleeves With Eve, for a playwriting workshop, open to ages 16+ and all levels of experience! Here you will learn one of the many possible ways to devise and write a play from scratch through the guidance of Shamila. 

Roll Your Sleeves With Eve (20-22 Oct, 6:30pm & 7:30pm)
It’s the year 2050 and the whole nation is talking about Eve, but for all the wrong reasons. After an explosive episode on her hit-show, ‘Roll Your Sleeves with Eve’, the celebrity chef embarks on the newest, most advanced form of intrusive therapy; in hope of salvaging her career. Intimate secrets and heart-wrenching truths are uncovered as the highs and lows of Eve’s personal life are scrutinised and broadcasted live for the world to see. Be prepared for a chaotic, hilarious, and emotional whirlwind of an experience.

Poetry Night: The Things That Make Us (26 Oct, 8pm)
Our monthly poetry event returns for a special Young Gifted & Black edition. This month’s poetry night, a takeover by Dialectic Dee and in celebration of ‘The Things That Make Us,’ will be in support of artists with Sickle Cell disease.

Perspectives Across Diaspora: Short Film Screenings (27 Oct, 7:30pm)
Discover the work of up-and-coming Black filmmakers on the big screen. 

Black in Music: Musician Showcase (28 Oct, 7:30pm)
This feel-good concert celebrates the most exciting Black musicians on the circuit. 

The Farm (2-4 Nov, 1:30pm, 2:30pm & 7:30pm)
Fascism will always rise due to Power.’ The Farm is an adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm written and directed by Abi Falase set in a contemporary dystopian London. Performed by Theatre Peckham’s Rep Company.