Remember a time when we could socialise at a distance fewer than two metres?
Jumping in and out of festival mosh pits. Shazaming tunes on the sly. Waiting in the rain for the night bus home. Selfies in front of expensive looking art at galleries you can’t remember the name of. Spilling drinks at the block party. Nursing your fingers after clicking your way through an entire poetry night. Quietly sobbing after trying (and failing) to secure press night tickets…
We all love events, and how the best ones leave us feeling and thinking way after it’s done. But how do you put one together that will leave other people wanting more? Though these experiences may feel like distant memories, we want to prepare the next generation of Black* artists, curators, organisers and promoters with the knowhow on putting on meaningful productions.
ft. Powerful spoken word sets delivered by our Young Creatives.
Led by theatre, festival and participatory arts producer Adrian Gardner (Theatre Royal Stratford East, Fuel Theatre, Apples & Snakes), over 12 weeks you’ll get to know all about how to put together an event that bangs. The essential skills of producing can be applied to all kinds of work regardless of the scale; whether it’s indoors or outside, touring or site-specific, digital or in-person, immersive or otherwise, by the end of the course you’ll have learned the do’s and don’ts of creative producing.
After a series of sessions focusing on specific areas of creative producing (budgeting, scheduling, curation/programming, contracting, stage management, marketing, partnerships and fundraising), you’ll be working towards collaboratively producing your own event or installation at Theatre Peckham (or online if restrictions change) that showcases the work from other Young Peckham artists including the Young Creatives.
You’ll be given a budget of actual real-life money to go towards funding your event and, working with the featured artists, will have total creative control on how you want to showcase their work. The sky is the limit (well, your budget is the limit really but don’t let that stop you).
This cohort will be using the short film Black Star: Rebirth Is Necessary, as a stimulus for their creation.
ft. Audiences, seated socially distanced, experiencing a multimedia sequence of poetry, short film and art.
Dates & times (weekly on Thursdays)
10 Sept – 6th Oct – Independent working with weekly check-ins
7 October – Young Peckham showcase by Young Producers
This programme is specifically for Black people aged 17-25 in order to redress the imbalances and severe underrepresentation of Black arts producers in the cultural sector. We believe it is crucial for the people behind the scenes who are producing artistic experiences to share cultural, social and political contexts with the artists they are working with to instil a sense of safety, legitimacy and belonging for all involved.
*We define ‘Black’ as people of Black Caribbean, Black African, Afro-Latinx, Afro-Arab and African-American heritage. This also includes people of mixed-Black heritage.
Take a look at our previous 2020/2021 cohort’s work.
Responding to a poetic prompt, our Young Producers presented the work of our Young Creatives and Final Drafts groups for an interdisciplinary event, TONGUE TIES, which examined liminality, migration, connection and the feeling of always being tongue twisted.
ft. An interactive audio performance, which had both audience members and creatives up on stage immersed within the action.