Welcome to Tottenham Theatre.
Thanks to everyone who supported our fundraising for Palestine Trauma Centre - we raised over £550 and this money will go on Friday Day of Joy to children of Gaza. We are particularly grateful to the generosity of STYX Theatre.
If you would like to know more about the Palestine Trauma Centre see www.ptcuk.org.
Tottenham Theatre – where next?
We set up Tottenham Theatre in 2013 and since then have achieved a great deal with the help and support of many of you. We have been successful in obtaining funding to:
· Put on a full length play with local connection – Tull, by Phil Vassili – with a cast of local young people
· Present a rehearsed reading of a new play by Arden Redgrave – A Lighter Shade of Green
· Collaborate with Judy Owen Ltd/Birmingham REP to bring a professional production of new play The Honey Man by Tyrone Huggins to Tottenham
· Present a short theatre piece prior to The Honey Man devised and performed by a group of local people
· Establish a regular ‘cabaret night’ of spoken word, music and drama at The Beehive pub in 2015
· In late 2015, we began work with a local group on a devised play about migration to Tottenham – the work went well but so far our two funding bids have been rejected.
Taking a break
We cannot take this work forward without funding and more people to take on the administrative as well as creative work. So have decided to take a break to give us both some breathing space to think about how to proceed for the future – to talk to people locally – and to hear your thoughts. We will be looking for people to take on some of the work and to reinvigorate our ideas and energy. We will keep you informed – follow us on facebook – The Tottenham Theatre, twitter @totttheatre and www.tottenhamtheatre.co.uk.
Lynda and Lynda
Calling all performers! Experience welcomed but not necessary!
Take part in our new production: Tottenham NOW
If a large circle was drawn round Seven Sisters Tube station we would possibly find the largest mixture of people in one borough; a rich mix of languages and cultures from people from all over the world. Tottenham has to be one of the most diverse areas in London. Tottenham Theatre’s new play Tottenham NOW aims to explore this diversity. We will bring the life stories of people who have come to call Tottenham their home. This play will trace the physical and emotional journeys of people who have settled here or are just passing through. We will highlight the experiences of migrants and refugees who have found shelter in Tottenham. We will celebrate the lives of people who have lived in Tottenham generation after generation and are witness and contributors to the many changes.
TAKE PART in this exciting new project.
The play will be devised in rehearsal with participants all having a part in the final performance in December. We are looking for:
Backstage crew - stage management, props, costumes etc
Front of house – tickets sales, bar, taking tickets on the door
+ help with publicity, marketing and admin
If you would like to get involved come to the first rehearsal
Thursday 17th September at 6.30
Performing Arts Wing
@ Haringey 6th Form College
London, N17 8HR
PLEASE SEND THIS EMAIL ON TO ANYONE WHO MIGHT BE INTERESED
For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynda Brennan 07984 190283
Tottenham Theatre Drama Workshop
Sat July 25th 2.00 – 4.00 at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre.
Tottenham Tapestry has officially started!
Following on from Abe Gibson’ s brilliant spoken word/ performance workshop the next opportunity to get involved in Tottenham Tapestry is a Drama Workshop run by Lynda Brennan. Work is going ahead on shaping the play itself and we want you to contribute to it.
The workshop will be about
· Building up theatre skills
· Using drama to get to know each other better
· Exploring the themes of Tottenham Tapestry through drama
· Finding our own voice
· Having a good time (we hope! )
Please bring comfortable clothes, water and/or a snack and of course your stories and experiences. We would like a small donation to help cover the costs of the studio and suggest £3.00 unwaged and £5.00 waged.
Please join us on Sat 25th and bring along new people who may be interested in getting involved.
We are kick starting our next project – loosely know as Tottenham Tapestry – with two workshops:
1) 1. From writing to performing – with Abe Gibson for writers to write and then read/perform a short piece.
SEE BELOW FOR FULL DETAILS. Saturday 13th June 2-5pm Rehearsal Room, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Tottenham Green, N15 4RX.
2) 2. Performance workshop – with Lynda Brennan for novices and more experienced performers to develop skills. Saturday 25th July 2-5pm Rehearsal Room, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Tottenham Green, N15 4RX.
From writing to performing: 13th June
Abe Gibson’s poetry / performance workshop will be kicking things off for Tottenham Tapestry. We will be writing our own prose and poetry and going on to perform it later in the workshop. All experience is valued from beginners to experienced writers and performers.
Bring your stories! Come in comfortable clothing and bring snacks/water.
This workshop may get booked out so please book a place with us by emailing: email@example.com. Places given on a first come first served basis.
Tottenham Theatre are delighted that our first workshop will be run by Abe Gibson who is a London-born poet, storyteller and fulltime caretaker with Hackney Council. He was a member of the Brothaman Poetry Collective and has published a collection of poetry, Violently Tender. Abe has been writer in residence at Feltham Young Offenders Institution, London Museum of Transport and at schools in Tottenham and Hackney.
Abe’s welcoming style captures even the attention of those who think poetry is ‘not for me’.
Launch of our next project!
Saturday 16th May at 11.00 am
at Bernie Grant Arts Centre
We are looking for a large group of people to get involved in this community theatre project devised by Tottenham Theatre.
We would like to meet writers, actors, local historians, musicians, dancers, people who know Tottenham, people who have memories of Tottenham, spoken word artists as well as people who love working behind the scenes.
Get involved from the beginning! Lots of scope for everyone.
The play will be about Tottenham itself. It will tell the story of the people who have lived and worked in Tottenham from the distant past up to the present day. We hope people will contribute their memories and tell us their stories and help us research what makes Tottenham into Tottenham. We will use drama, song, dance, spoken word and story to shape the stories and bring them to life.
Please join us on Sat 16th May at 11.00.
Can't wait to get started.
See NEWS for forthcoming productions, events and opportunities for participation.
See a trailer on:
See Tyrone Huggins talking about the play on:
A small group of people who want to see local live theatre set up a new not-for-profit organisation Tottenham Theatre in the summer of 2013. We are a 'virtual' theatre - no building but lots of energy and enthusiasm and a growing band of supporters .... we could be performing at a venue near you!
For our first production we decided on Tull, a play by north London playwright, Phil Vasili. We were inspired by the story of Walter Tull himself and by the play's weaving of themes of racism, patriotism, pacifism and women's rights in the early 20th century.
The Heritage Lottery Fund agreed with us! They have funded us to put the play on and to run workshops for young people in Tottenham during 2014.
Our first public event was an unrehearsed reading of extracts from the play - many more people than we expected arrived at Park View Academy and our readers excelled themselves and gave a compelling version of the play
We were spurred on and are now well on the way to our first production.
STOP PRESS .. first performance of TULL .. 18th July, 2014 .. at Bernie Grant Arts Centre
see News for more information on all performances and future productions