The Royal Court Theatre is providing free theatre workshops for all ages in Peckham over half term next week. The Theatre Local project is the second instalment of local theatre conceived by the Royal Court last year as it successfully bought theatre to an empty shopping unit in Elephant and Castle.

This year the Royal Court has chosen to take plays Truth and Reconciliation and The Westbridge from its Sloane Square home to the Bussey Building in Peckham. Truth and Reconciliation Assistant Director, Monique Sterling, said: “You get all walks of life here in Peckham. We really want to engage with the community.”

In the spirit of integration, the Royal Court has set up many ‘open access’ theatre workshops so that aspiring young people and adults alike can learn more about all aspects of theatre. Having played a large part in careers of esteemed writers such as Caryl Churchill and Martin Crimp, The Royal Court is offering free writing workshops to assist the next generation of playwrights. Royal Court Communications Officer Ruth Hawkins said: “It is a really exciting time for us and for the area.”

Sterling, a Goldsmiths College graduate, is also running a series of schools workshops alongside the plays. She said that this kind of hands-on interaction with the younger generations “is the future of theatre.” Sterling added that “if there is a spark and an interest there, it should be nurtured.”


Open Access Theatre Workshops
Mon 24 October.
4pm Young People workshop 14+ (90 mins)
7pm Adult workshop 18+(90mins)

Theatre Family Day (Suitable for 7+)
Thu 27 October.
10am-4pm for arts & crafts in the morning and story-telling in the afternoon.

Free Education Workshops will resume for the next production of The Westbridge on the 3-18 November.

Open Access Playwriting Courses.
Every Wednesday until 9 November

All workshops take place at the Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, London SE15 4ST

To book or find out more:
Call Lynne or Ruth on 0207 565 5050
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