#ArtsCouncilEngland funded #free #summerschool for 14 - 18 yr olds in #Brighton August 31 - September 3

The Apples and Eyes Project features filmmaking, acting, music and games sessions in Racehill Community Orchard, top of Wilson Avenue

Mary Chater 0 301

We are delighted to announce that through a unique partnership we have been successful in winning a grant from Arts Council England for a free four-day summer school in East Brighton for 14 - 18 year olds. It will give young people the opportunity to play and have fun with film-making, drama and music to explore an orchard environment.
The Apples and Eyes Project will take place in Racehill Community Orchard at the top of Wilson Avenue and be led by an experienced team of actors and practitioners from the Shakespeare in Italy Theatre Company, alongside the Trust for Developing Communities and Brighton Permaculture Trust.
The natural world was a driving force of Shakespeare’s imagination. His plays abound with references to nature. Oberon, the king of the fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream instructs Puck to drop a love potion in Demetrius' eyes:

‘Flower of this purple dye,
Hit with Cupid’s archery,
Sink in apple of his eye’.

“We are thrilled to be working on this project in Brighton, which we hope will be the first of many. Young people will be assisted to use their creative, dramatic skills in a natural setting, encouraging them to explore the transformative powers of both and to have fun in the process,” said actress Mary Chater who devised the project and is one of the founders of Shakespeare in Italy.

Youth Work Manager Caroline Vitta for the Trust for Developing Communities in East Brighton, is looking forward to taking part: “The trust is excited to be involved in this great project for young people at the Racehill Community Orchard. East Brighton has a strong community arts base and the partnership can build on this by giving young people the opportunity to get involved in film making, music and drama in really beautiful surroundings whilst being supported by the fantastic Shakespeare in Italy Theatre Company.”

Bryn Thomas, Director of Brighton Permaculture Trust said: “I am delighted that this project is taking place at Racehill Community Orchard, giving local young people a chance to connect to nature and explore the space in a creative way. In practical terms, it will also help us towards fitting solar electric lighting in our cabin and tools store and to install rainwater harvesting for watering the orchard trees.”

TO JOIN THE SUMMER SCHOOL AND FOR MORE INFO, please email Caroline Vitta -

#youngpeople #14-18yrolds #summerschool #orchard #naturalworld #filmmaking #brightonandhove #brighton #permaculture #organicgrowingtechniques #biodiversity #sustainability #StanmerOrganics #solarelectriclighting #brightonpermaculturetrust

What's that? You're ready to see THEATRE? How about FUNNY THEATRE?

It's gonna help you laugh those lockdown blues away!

Mary Chater 0 187

Writer Mark Daniels has a show on @CamdenFringe Aug 2 - 4 @TheHenChickens

Corona Virus - A Great British Farce

He won our playwriting competition, 'Lockdown, Taboo and You' with it in March this year.

Tickets #SaveTheArts #NewWriting

This show is #Catharsis

This show is #Therapy

This show is #Gibberish

A Hit, a palpable hit! #Feedback, #photos and #videos from our 6th #summer school June 14 - 19 2021

Being together again in a theatre space felt as natural as #breathing

Mary Chater 0 224

We ran our 6 day summer school from June 14 - 19 at #ThePlaygroundTheatre, Latimer Road, London W10.

Emma Lucia Hands led sessions on #AMidsummerNightsDream, Philip Cumbus on #MuchAdoAboutNothing, Lucy Bailey and Michael Corbidge on #TwelfthNight and #TwoMerchantsofModena and Sarah Sayeed sessions on the Voice and Music with text.

Below is some enthusiastic feedback plus photos and short videos from Faisal Mohiuddin, Annette Probert, Valentina Vinci, Marilyn Homer and Lynn Strugnell.

Ages ranged from 20 - 79 and the participants came from Liverpool, North Wales, Hull, Glasgow, London, Newcastle, Milan, Milton Keynes, Warwickshire, Cambridgeshire, Berkshire etc with English, Welsh, Bangladeshi, Indian, Italian, Swiss, Greek, Australian and Scottish nationalities present.


This course was one of the best things I’ve done in a long time. I took a risk as I had no idea what to expect, and it was brilliant. Thank you to you and the team for putting together a great week. Lizzie Miles

I just wanted to say that it was an absolutely stunning two days with Philip Cumbus. Not only did I learn so much, but there was such a warmth and openness and inclusiveness in the room. I was particularly impressed by the diversity of the collective brain, as it is unique to be in a group that has so many people from different experiences, ages, cultures all sharing and contributing and being brave and generous. That is a testament to your vision of the project and also to the teachers for being so empowering and encouraging! Elena Pellone

I very much enjoyed learning with top professionals; people who really know what they are doing because they have solid experience of theatre work and particularly directing. Julia Holden

Excellent combination of Lucy Bailey and voice coach Michael Corbidge. I really appreciated the detailed pre work Lucy and Michael put into the course. It was well thought out and structured to the right level. It was well paced but most of all tremendous fun. The best aspect was the fact that it was almost wholly activity based. The length of the 4 day module was perfect as was the length of the day and the breaks given. I cannot fault the programme in any way. David Choules

I have never wanted to act but discovered that being involved in the process all day long ( 10 - 4.30) really helped my understanding of the characters, their words and actions. I gained insight into the feelings and emotions behind them as well as their effect on me as I received and spoke the words.

I felt included, a part of something happening that was much bigger than me. Marilyn Homer


Winning playwright Mark Daniels' play will be on at the Hen and Chickens Theatre, Islington August 2, 3, 4

Corona Virus - A Great British Farce the winning entry in our spring competition 'Lockdown, Taboo and You' at the Camden Fringe

Mary Chater 0 348

Stand up comedian and writer Mark Daniels won our short playwriting competition that we presented in conjunction with Props Mental Health with Corona Virus - A Great British Farce.
There were almost 100 entries so he faced a lot of competition.
He has expanded the two hander into a piece lasting 60 minutes - the run is on for 3 nights, August 2, 3, 4

Come and laugh the trauma away at this dark comedy, inspired by the writer's ridiculous lockdown diary entries.


From his website -

Latest News
👉 Tickets here 👈 My new play Coronavirus – A Great British Farce, is coming to Camden Fringe 2021. Hen and Chickens Theatre, 2nd-4th August. 👉 Tickets here 👈

My sitcom, Straight Faced, has just won Pozzitive Comedy’s FunnyDot competition and I will be working with them on a staged reading of it. Watch this space.

A sketch of mine recently appeared on BBC Radio 4 Extra’s podcast, The Skewer.

I am overjoyed to have been announced as a Writer in Residence for Broken Silence Theatre for 2020-2021!

The run of N89, my play set on a night bus, was sadly cut short due to COVID-19. But, you can now catch the bus online here!

My play Single Ticket was longlisted in the prestigious Bruntwood Playwriting Award and recently had a rehearsed reading by Dramatists Guild.

My short play, Safe Man, has been selected as part of Theatre503’s Rapid Write Response. Catch it here.

I’m working on an exciting screen project that involves writing a script about homosexuality during World War 2. Watch this space!

I’m working with a co-writer, Laura McGrady on a new piece about queer relationships. Working title: Billie Billy Lee Leigh. Hopefully coming soon! 

#standup #homosexualityinWW2 #TheSkewer #standupcomedy #youngmaleBritishplaywright #youngplaywright #LGBTQ+ #HenandChickens #CamdenFringe @PropsMHealth #PropsMentalHealth