Our pilot in Higham Hill in 2018 was a great success, and for Waltham Forest’s Borough of Culture year, we went bigger, matching up Waltham Forest theatre makers with residents in two Waltham Forest wards: Cann Hall and Hale End & Highams Park.
The artists met their residents, then had one week to make a brand-new piece of theatre, inspired by their resident. They then performed it in the resident’s home, for an audience of whoever the resident wanted to invite.
Jess trained at the Guildford School of Acting, and is an actor, puppeteer and workshop facilitator. Credits include Tess in “The Last Rehearsal” (Brighton Fringe), Puppeteer in “The Adventures of Ari and the Disappearing Hand (Theatre Deli), “The Queue” and “Awesome” for Write Now (Black Horse Arts, Walthamstow Garden Party), Flabbergast Theatre’s “Macbeth” (Wilton’s Music Hall), Other in “Her, Him, Mother, Other” (Greenwich Theatre), Nev in “Under My Thumb” (Greenwich Theatre, Tour) Puppeteer in “Eden” (Less Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe) Tanya in “Dissonance” (Greenwich Theatre), Belinda/Puppeteer in “Dorothy” (Waterloo East). Her credits whilst training include, Martha Dobie in “The Children’s Hour”, Hedda Gabler in “Hedda Gabler”, Abigail Williams in “The Crucible” and Peter Quince in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
Jess is also the co-founder of puppetry company Less Theatre which prides itself on creating new and original theatre. Striving for sustainability, all aspects of the shows are created from locally sourced, recycled materials. Stripping back to the fundamentals of storytelling, Less Theatre devises work that is visceral and visually beautiful. Less Theatre’s latest show, “The Adventures of Ari”, is currently in development and is supported by Theatre Deli London.
Kat is an actress, writer and comic based in Higham Hill. She won the Vault comedy award for her critically acclaimed solo show Loo Roll. Tv includes Call the Midwife BBC, Urban Myths for Sky and Dr Brown CH4. She has most recently been touring in Fringe First winning play ‘It’s True, it’s True It’s True’.
Kate is a theatre director with a background in new, devised and interactive work. She is Director with Frozen Light, who make multi-sensory theatre for audiences with PMLD. She also regularly works with METIS, who make interactive shows around socio-political issues. She is a member of Out of the Wings, a group of practitioners who develop translations of plays from Spanish and Portuguese. She directed Spanish play Cuzco at Theatre503 in early 2019 and is a Researcher on Lola Arias’ Minefield (LIFT/ Royal Court 2016), which involves veterans of the Falklands War telling their stories together onstage. In the past she has been Creative Associate at The Gate, Associate Artist with Company of Angels, worked with young people at GLYPT, directed at drama schools and acted as Associate Director in the West End. She was a finalist in the JMK Award 2012 and 2014.
Roberta is an actor & writer from East London, she has trained in both London & New York and graduated in 2017. Since then she has written for Talawa Theatre Company, The MonoBox & Creative England/ Sky Arts’ shortFLIX. As an actor she has performed in venues like Theatre Royal Stratford East and the National Theatre. This is her second collaboration with Blackhorse Arts.
Stephen is the Co-Artistic Director for the multi award winning Longsight Theatre Company and is currently writing a musical for the Soho Theatre Writers Lab which he will share a segment of at Fertility Fest. Hailing from Manchester, Stephen has worked as an actor in Theatre and Television for over 20 years and has had his writing produced in Manchester, New York and London. Theatre includes The Old Vic, Bush and Pleasence. TV includes Life on Mars, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks
Natali aka Nattikush is a singer, songwriter, maker, performing artist and teacher. She began singing professionally in her early teens, fronting bands in many cities all over the world performing at corporate events, hotels & functions. She completed a BA in Songwriting and has since headlined some of London’s most famous indie venues with her original music. Nattikush has written songs with and for other artists such as Lyosun, Livya Cahlo and Heather Waters and written for shows such as How to be Good in Bed. She gained a great following through the release of her EP entitled Hands, Feral City and featured on radio where she shared the writing process of her “24 hour record” hat trick. She coaches in vocal performance and songwriting privately from her home studio and also runs workshops in and around London. Blurring the lines between audience and performer, pushing boundaries, collaborating and mixing media is what really excites her when creating art. In Walthamstow, she has perfsrmed at Gnome House as part of their art trail launch, her songwriting workshop ran as part of the Electronic 17 Bleeps & Hops Weekender, and she curated and produced Yes2You, a day of workshops in music, wellness and arts. Natali adores being a part of the thriving culture in our community and if you’d like to see what she’s up to next or are looking to improve your performance skills you can check out her website at www.natalishaked.netand find her on fb and Insta @nattikush.
Del is an arts practitioner who delivers collaborative, cross-art form projects with a range of participants, both in the UK and internationally. Her work is participation focused, process driven, and always playful, with the emphasis on listening to the stories and ideas of participants and the places and spaces they inhabit. Del’s work merges elements of multiple art forms including performance, puppetry, visual art, design and site specific response, to co-create exhibitions, installations and performances. She is currently working with Studio 3Arts, Polka Theatre, the Barbican and the National Theatre.
Alistair is a queer, working class artist from Manchester, now living in East London. As an artist, they have created work for venues such as National Theatre, Barbican Centre, Bush Theatre, Arcola, Bunker Theatre, VAULT Festival and the Albany, amongst others. They are an associate at the National Youth Theatre, a visiting lecturer at various drama schools, and regularly facilitate drama-based workshops in schools, PRUs, young offending institutes, elderly care homes and refugee centres. Alistair also writes for stage and screen, and is currently under commission to various arts organisations. They are the Artistic Director of WoLab, a working laboratory for artists to create.