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James Martin Charlton
My Theatre Mates
James Kenworth (Writer) is a Playwright and Academic. His plays includes ‘verse-prose’ plays Johnny Song, Gob; the black comedy Polar Bears; issue-led/based plays Everybody’s World (Elder Abuse), Dementia’s Journey (Dementia); plays for young people/schools, The Last Story in the World; and a Newham-based quartet of site-specific/responsive plays: When Chaplin Met Gandhi, Revolution Farm, A Splotch of Red: Keir Hardie in West Ham and Alice in Canning Town. Gob starred former Take That star, Jason Orange, and was Time Out and What’s On Critics Choice at King’s Head Theatre, Islington.
He was one of eight playwrights selected to take part in the inaugural Tamasha/Mulberry School Writers Attachment Scheme, created and taught by playwright and Tamasha Theatre Company co-Artistic Director Fin Kennedy. The scheme has since become Schoolwrights, the UK's first playwrights-in-schools training scheme, which uses Mulberry School as a training base for other writers.
James received special permission from the George Orwell Estate to write a contemporary re-imagining of Animal Farm, retitled Revolution Farm, performed on an inner city farm in East London, which the Independent’s Paul Taylor described as a ‘terrifically powerful update…highly recommended” and British Theatre Guide wrote ”If Animal Farm is on the curriculum this term, what better way to introduce it?
His raising awareness play, Dementia’s Journey, won the 2015 University of Stirling International Dementia Award in the category: Dementia & the Arts.
He has extensive experience of planning, preparing and teaching playwriting and creative writing programmes/workshops for a wide variety of age groups and learners including children, young people, students and adult learners. He has worked on a regular basis on the delivery of these programmes with leading arts and educational organisations such as Spread The Word, Cardboard Citizens, Workers Educational Association, Newham Adult Learning Service, Newham Libraries, Newham College, Community Links, Soho Theatre, University of East London and Middlesex University.
He regularly presents papers/talks and delivers workshops on his work as a playwright at academic conferences and arts/literary festivals.
Connor Abbott (Assistant Director)
Directing credits include: Fine, Thanks (Savoy Theatre/Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Romeo and Juliet (Arts Depot), Playing Soldiers (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), State of Affairs (Camden People's Theatre), We Two Alone (Shakespeare in Shoreditch Festival)
Assistant directing credits include: Splotch of Red (Newham Libraries), Animal Farm (Newham City Farm), Blood and Chocolate (Slung Low/Pilot Theatre/ York Theatre Royal).
Writing credits include: Fine, Thanks (Savoy Theatre/Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and Playing Soldiers(Edinburgh Fringe Festival).
Nayomi Roshini (Producer) is a member of the Arcola Women’s Company and regularly participates in community theatre workshops held at the Arcola Theatre including a recent course on Producing Theatre. She produced the play A Splotch of Red: Keir Hardie in West Ham by James Kenworth which toured in East London in 2016. She also produced the short film HOST directed by Joe Cohen in 2016.
She graduated in 2011 with a BA in Film Video and Interactive arts and just recently completed her MA in Film. She is interested in both independent theatre and film and has increasingly becoming more interested in directing performance. She wrote her MA dissertation on the use of improvisation in film as a tool to deepen characterisation.
She currently works in the Media Department at Middlesex University as an academic assistant where she has continued to develop her filmmaking practice through her work as a production manager on various short film projects led by the department and other students. Her filmmaking practice as a short film director has mostly focused on exploring female subjectivity and the gaze.
James Martin Charlton (Director) is a dramatist, director and academic.
His plays include Fat Souls and Coming Up (Warehouse Theatre, Croydon); ecstasy + Grace (Finborough Theatre); Desires of Frankenstein (Open Air, Regents Park & Pleasance, Edinburgh); The World & his Wife, I Really Must be Getting Off (The White Bear); Coward (Just Some Theatre Co.)
He has written two short pieces for The Miniaturists, Fellow Creature and Battis Boy (Arcola Theatre). His recent play Been on the Job Too Long has been produced three times since 2015 (at Theatre N16, the North London Literary Festival, and the Talos Festival of Science Fiction Theatre). He premiered a new play, Reformation, at the White Bear in June 2019. Coward, Fat Souls and Reformation are published by Playdead Press.
He wrote an adaptation of The Pilgrim’s Progress under commission by the RSC, and his biographical play about William Blake, Divine Vision, was performed at Swedenborg Hall.
He has directed a number of contemporary plays, including Gob, Bumps (King’s Head), Amphibious Babies, Leonardo’s Ring, Plastic Zion (White Bear), Histrionics (Underbelly, Edinburgh). His production of Revolution Farm by James Kenworth after Orwell played at Newham City Farm in 2014; A Splotch of Red: Keir Hardie in West Ham toured east London in 2016.
He has written and directed two short films, Apeth (2007) and Academic (2011). He wrote screenplays for the shorts Emotional Tribunal and Best Shot. He recently filmed his play Fellow Creature for 360° video, as part research project into the medium which resulted in the 2019 article ‘VR and the dramatic theatre: are they fellow creatures?’ in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media.
He has lectured at UEL and Birkbeck and is Head of Department of Media at Middlesex University.
Andrew Roberts (Production Manager) began his career in entertainment in North London’s Stallion Hi-Fi Sound System, in which he performed under the name Sqwidli Junya. The climax of his performing career was playing to an appreciative audience of thousands at Notting Hill Carnival.
He has since built a career in personnel management and HR for major retailers. He has recently completed a BA (Sociology) at Middlesex University, where his dissertation scrutinised what being British means to Britons and how tolerant we are of diverse cultures.
His previous production management experience was for the tour of A Splotch of Red: Keir Hardie in West Ham, which toured to several Newham libraries and Community Links in Plaistow.
Amy Rose Mitchell (Designer) graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2018, and has since gone on to build up a variety of experience in the industry, with credits including ‘West End Bares’ at the Shaftesbury Theatre, new 5-star play ‘The Milkman's on His Way’ at Brighton Fringe and ‘Refuge in Harmony’, a unique collaboration with Opera Holland Park.
Amy takes pride in making her designs come to life, from the workshop to the stage, and is excited to be part of the 'Alice in Canning Town' creative team.