Character Analysis & Movement Psychology with Mathew Wernham

Mondays in May, July & September
6-9pm | £230 for the course
By Studio Six


Come explore the visionary work of Yat Malmgren in theory and practice. This first iteration of the workshop is generously supported by the Friends of Drama Centre – grants for graduates in memory of Aaron Harris. comprising work on movement, acting and writing.
Split into 3 blocks, it will take place over the course of 5 months.
Breaks between each block of sessions will allow participants time for reflection and creation of material.

It is aimed at actors in the early stages of their career.
Please email a cover letter (written or recorded) to secure a place:
characterclub.six@gmail.com

DIY-KE STYLE 101: Style as Activism

Sunday 21 April
1-5pm | FREE-PWYC
By G(end)er Swap and Dyke Digital
Book your spot HERE.


DIY-KE STYLE 101: Style As Activism is an event exploring the use of style in queer activist culture. Workshops, A Style Symposium, Live Demo’s, An Activist Resource Reading Corner + more!

G(end)er Swap is an LGBTQ+ style outreach organisation that supports Trans+ people to access clothes and community. Dyke Digital is a fashion platform celebrating dyke fashion and imagery.

COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER

WE DID IT! We’ve reached £4,000 in our Cultural Community Programme Fundraiser.
Thanks to your support we’ll be able to keep offering a FREE a year-round programme to those most in need. We’re really grateful for everyone who’s contributed and shared far and wide.

Your donations will allow us to:

• Buy more kit for our popular soft play disco
• Get new books for our feverish readers at our Kids’ Library
• Cover the entry to Easy Rollerz for families most in need
• Keep providing a tasty variety of free snacks, coffee, tea & refreshments
• Purchase new kitchen equipment for our ever expanding Lunch Club

With big thanks from Hackney Showroom

Folktales and Fantasy from East Asia and Beyond

Saturday 6 April
2.30-5.30pm | FREE
By Juniper by the Sea
Book your free spot HERE.


UK’s first online East and South East Asian bookshop.
Join Juniper by the Sea for a conversation with British-Japanese author Mina Ikemoto-Ghosh, author of YA fantasy novel “Hyo the Hellmaker”, and Eva Wong Nava, author of “East Asian Folktales, Myths and Legends”. This will be followed by book signings and a pop-up bookshop specialising in East and South-East Asian (ESEA) writers.

Come for an afternoon of book chat, folktales, fantasy and all things ESEA-related!
There will be coffee and wine – pay what you can.
Everyone of all backgrounds welcome.

DIY-KE Style 101: Suits and Ties

Saturday 16 March
12-5pm | £7-£15
By G(end)er Swap and Dyke Digital
Book your spot HERE.


Looking for a safe space to explore gender affirming style?
Join us for a day of style exploration of Suits & Ties as queer culture. A DIY packed day with a tie customisation workshop, followed by a textile art exhibition and stall followed by a panel talk from style icons in our community.

G(end)er Swap is a style outreach org that supports gender-diverse people to access clothes and community. Dyke Digital is a platform celebrating Dyke fashion.

TOUR PACK: Tomorrow Is Already Dead by Ms Sharon Le Grand

  • Photography: Harry Elletson

“She’s building an army of gender variable children with giant breasts and a hunger for treason!”

Hackney Showroom proudly presents the loudmouth Liverpudlian Ms Sharon Le Grand’s debut theatre show Tomorrow Is Already Dead – an irreverent musical which joyfully and playfully challenges the anti-trans narrative and current debates around gender identity.

Tomorrow Is Already Dead conjures a world of hedonism, anarchy and androgyny, while poking fun at modern ideas of gender, patriarchy and class, framed through a famous British spy-movie franchise.

Running time 75 mins
No interval
Suitable for ages 14+

SHOW COPY

What happens when an international man of mystery meets a straightforward regional woman?

Meet Jimmy Pond. He’s been tasked with his deadliest mission to date – assassinating the indestructible nightlife oligarch Ms Sharon Le Grand. But will Pond succeed where all men have failed before? 

Be thrust into a musical, bombastic, subversive world of hedonism, anarchy and androgyny as Hackney Showroom proudly present the loudmouth Liverpudlian’s debut piece of theatre, Tomorrow Is Already Dead

CREDITS

Written & performed by Ms Sharon Le Grand 
Directed by Sam Curtis Lindsay 
Composer and Musician – Nicky Harris 
Lighting – Matthew Carnazza 
Set, Animation and Poster Design – Josh Quinton 
Costume – Max Allen 
Choreographer and performing as Siri – Jeanie Crystal 
With Iestyn Arwel as Jimmy Pond and Shane Convery as Alexa
Stage Manager – Reuben Bojang 
Assistant Director – Martha Barnett 

BIOGS

MS SHARON LE GRAND (writer/performer) is a London-based performance artist, originally from Maghull on the outskirts of Liverpool. Working in the worlds of live art, cabaret for the past 7 years she has made a name for herself flinging her handbag across the country. Sharon has just finished starring in Sound of The Underground by Travis Alabanza at The Royal Court. In 2021 she performed in An Ode to The Underground and Ms Sharon Le Grand, written by Travis Alabanza as part of the Royal Court’s ‘Living Newspaper’ series. In 2020 she wrote and produced her sell out show The 12 Stages of Lockdown which toured clubs and queer venues across the UK. Ms Sharon’s previous collaborators include LADA, Arts Council England, Home Live Art, SLAP Fest, Take Me Somewhere Fest and Homotopia Fest.  They have performed at venues all over London including VFD, The Glory, Shoreditch Town Hall, The Karaoke Hole and the George and Dragon. They have been featured in magazines such as Dazed & Confused, i-D and Wonderland.

SAM CURTIS LINDSAY (director) is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Hackney Showroom. As a Director and co-creator his credits include the Dublin Fringe award winning, and Irish Times Theatre Award nominated Oliver Cromwell is Really Very Sorry by Xnthony, the Total Theatre award winning Burgerz by Travis Alabanza and Class by Scottee. Sam is an honorary research fellow at Queen Mary’s University and a visiting director at drama schools LAMDA and Rose Bruford.

HACKNEY SHOWROOM is an award-winning theatre company. Recent recent hit shows include BURGERZ by Travis Alabanza (Total Theatre Award Winner ★★★★★ EdFestMag ★★★★★ ReviewsHub ★★★★★ Everything Theatre ★★★★The Guardian ★★★★ The Stage) THE LEGENDS OF THEM by Sutara Gayle (★★★★★ Afridiziak ★★★★★ Theatre News ★★★★ The Stage ★★★★ Everything Theatre) and for all the women who thought they were    Mad by Hackney resident Zawe Ashton (★★★★The Stage ★★★★ Observer). Hackney Showroom are connoisseurs of live entertainment and their venue is a development laboratory for experimental performance artists.

TRAILERS & AUDIENCE REACTIONS

TECH SPEC

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AUDIENCES

Target audiences include:

– Queer & trans audiences
– Under 30s
– Fans of drag
– Fans of comedy
– Adventurous theatre & musical theatre goers
– Alternative culture vultures
– People interested in the topics of transphobia, ‘culture wars’ & ‘identity politics’

TOURING PERSONNEL

Director
7 cast members
2 stage management

CONTACT DETAILS

Hackney Showroom Office: +44 20 3095 9747

Senior Producer: Molly Sharpe molly@hackneyshowroom.com

Supported by Arts Council England

DEIFIED BY ASTROZENICA

21-23 November | 8pm, doors 7.30pm | £12

Welcome to the Astrological Teachings, a global grassroots community that guarantees freedom from suffering for all who participate.

After spending several years living within a cult, the artist James Crawley as AstroZenica uncovers their personal journey of surviving indoctrination, and reconciling with their queerness and working class origins that led to them devoting their life, and their money, to a pyramid scheme with a narcissistic guru living at the top.

Drawing on clown, bouffon, and stand up comedy, DEIFIED is a scathing critique of the post-truth metaverse, the extreme polarisation of the ‘new realities’ we find ourselves living within, and the sociopathic leaders driving new waves of extreme servitude to increasingly radicalised groups, where “followers” will give all they can to serve the Deities leading the movements.

Embrace the teachings, Deify yourself today so you can die happily tomorrow.

This is a work-in-progress showing.

@astrozenica_ @thehouseofsavalon astrozenica.co.uk

This live performance has been made possible thanks to funding and and in-kind residency support from Arts Council England, Cambridge Junction, Wysing Arts Centre, Club Urania, Artspace Lifespace, Creative Youth Network, and Hackney Showroom.

Various artists have supported with dramaturgy and consultancy throughout the process including artists Kim Noble, Alex Podger, Travis Alabanza, Tammy Reynolds, Meg Hogdson and Eleanor Wicks. 

Poster image credit: Ben Wilson Poster design credit: Camilla Mason 

Video credits:
Artistic Director & Producer: James Crawley/ Astro-Zenica
Assistant Producer: Camilla Mason 
Video Director & Editor: Ben Wilson
Stylist/ Fashion Direction & Photography: Griff Townsend
Make Up Artist: Panda Cooper
Sound design: Jacob Peters
Costume Designer: Phoebe Beckett
Creative Consultancy: Travis Alabanza

WE’RE HIRING: VENUE & HIRES MANAGER

Venue & Hires Manager Job Description

CLOSING DATE Monday 20 November
INTERVIEWS Friday 25 November

CONTRACT Permanent, 4 day a week
SALARY £28,000 (gross) per annum, pro rata
LOCATION Hackney Showroom, with flexibility for remote working
PROBATION PERIOD 3 months
NOTICE PERIOD 1 month
RESPONSIBLE TO Senior Producer
RESPONSIBLE FOR Duty Managers, Cleaner, Freelance Tech & Events Staff
ANNUAL LEAVE 20 days per annum pro rata + Bank Holidays + 2 weeks closure over Christmas and New Year
PENSION 5% employers contribution
TRAINING £200 per annum training allowance
TICKETS Free tickets to all Hackney Showroom productions
HOURS Office hours are 10am-6pm, Monday to Friday. The building is open from 9am-10pm and this role will require occasional work outside hours. 

THE PURPOSE OF THE ROLE

Generating income via venue hires and commissioning of our services is key to Hackney Showroom’s ability to deliver our charitable activity. 

The Venue & Hires Manager plays a key role in our small team. You will oversee the hires of our lovely premises and our touring stage, the Bobby Dazzler, seeing the process through seamlessly from the initial enquiry to the delivery and management of a booking. You’ll ensure clients take full advantage of all the services we have to offer to give them the best experience and enable us to achieve maximum revenue.

With no week ever quite the same, you will take excellent care of a range of long and short term bookings and take pride in our building, ensuring it is well maintained. 

You will also support the Senior Producer by providing administrative support to enable us to mount our theatre productions and manage our commissioned services, to ensure that everything Hackney Showroom does is delivered with excellence and care.

This job description is a guide to the nature of the work. It is not wholly comprehensive or restrictive and may be reviewed as required; other responsibilities may be added depending on experience and need.

If you’re excited about what you could bring to the role, we’d love to hear from you! We warmly encourage those with protected characteristics under the Equalities Act to apply.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please download the JOB PACK below for full details of the Job Description and how to apply. If you need the Job Pack in another format, please contact Molly Sharpe on 020 30959747 or molly@hackneyshowroom.com

The Legends of Them: Womxn’s Night

25 Sept | Brixton House | BOOK NOW

Special show for womxn of colour audiences plus a post show Sista Circle to reflect on themes of The Legends of Them by Sutara Gayle, hosted by Lady Phyll (pictured – founder of UK Black Pride).

A Sista Circle is a sharing of experiences, wisdom, and support in a safe and nurturing environment, fostering connection and empowerment among wxmen of colour. 

The post-show Sista Circle will create space to honor and uplift womxn of colour, celebrating their strength, resilience, and interconnectedness through discussing the transformative power of “The Legends of Them”. 

Please note: this show is aimed at womxn, femmes and NBs of colour but no-one will be turned away.

ABOUT

Lady Phyll Opoku-Gyimah is an award-winning community organiser and activist. She is the co-founder and executive director of UK Black Pride, the world’s largest free Black Pride celebration; the executive director of international LGBTQ human rights charity Kaleidoscope Trust; and a public speaker and writer focusing on race, gender, class, sexuality and their intersections.

The Legends of Them: Post Show Talk

21 Sep | Brixton House | BOOK NOW

Sutara Gayle & director Jo McInnes (pictured) on the making of the show, in conversation with Martina Laird.

This special event is in honour of the world premiere of The Legends of Them by Sutara Gayle AKA Lorna Gee, which opens at Brixton House from 14-30 September.

ABOUT

Sutara Gayle is a British-Jamaican actress with a wealth of credits spanning the last 3 decades across both drama & comedy. In 2023 she can be seen playing Gemma Whiteley in the Britbox/BBC One crime drama series Magpie Murders and she’s due to star in  the new season of Outlander, Supacell and Black Cake. In 2022 she starred in the 5th series of the BBC’s popular crime drama Strike. She has appeared in a number of critically acclaimed BBC shows such as hit comedy Ghosts, Silent Witness, the Jimmy McGovern BAFTA nominated drama Anthony and played Linda in Steve McQueen’s Golden Globe winning Small Axe. Her theatre credits include Paradise (National Theatre), Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (Aldwych Theatre), A Tale of Two Cities (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Savoy Theatre and UK tour), and At the Table and Almost Nothing (Royal Court Theatre). For film, Viral, Anthony, Carmilla, A Caribbean Dream, SuperBob, The Dark Night and Run Fatboy Run


As Lorna Gee, she is the 2012 BEFFTA and HiCrEc award winner for outstanding contribution to reggae music. The 1985 smash hit ‘Gotta Find a Way’ placed her at the top of the Reggae charts for 6 weeks for which she received recognition with two BBC Radio London Reggae Awards for Best Female Artist 1985 and 1986. Lorna has been crowned one of the Queens of Lovers Rock with fellow singers Janet Kay and Carroll Thompson. She was presented with the prestigious Lovers Rock Gala Award for her contribution to Lovers Rock music at The Brixton Academy in 2008.

Martina Laird is a Trinidadian British actor and director probably best known for portraying popular character Comfort Jones on BBC’s flagship drama Casualty – in her five years on the show she won two acting awards for the role. 

Since 2016, performances in several Shakespeare plays: The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, The Tempest and Henry IV, Coriolanus and All’s Well That Ends Well. In 2019, Laird appeared in the August Wilson play King Hedley II, alongside Lenny Henry, at Stratford East.

More recently, Martina played the role of Lashana in Disney’s live action remake of The Little Mermaid, and was part of the cast of Sharon Horgan’s Sky Atlantic TV show Dreamland. 

Jo McInnes directs. Jo McInnes is an actor, director and the Associate Director of Hackney Showroom. She is currently playing the Nurse in Rebecca Freknell’s Romeo & Juliet at the Almeida. Recent credits include: Medea (Soho Place), The Corn is Green (National Theatre); The Jungle (Old Vic, West End, St Ann’s Warehouse).

As director credits include: For All The Women Who Thought They Were Mad (Hackney Showroom) The Hardest Rain (The Old Vic), 36 Phone Calls (Hampstead Theatre), Another Place (Theatre Royal Plymouth), I Can Hear You (RSC and Royal Court Theatre), Carpe Diem (National Theatre), Running on Empty (Soho Theatre), Vera, Vera, Vera, Red Bud (Royal Court Theatre), Christmas (Bush Theatre). Her television credits include The Verdict.