We’re hiring

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We want to increase our pool of freelance creative workshop facilitators. For information on how to apply, see attached.

PMD Workshop Facilitator

We’re really excited about the programmes we have coming up in 2018:

PMD Youth Theatre – A theatre company for young people aged 16 – 25

Silver Stars Arts Club – creative activities for children age 11 – 12, focussing on the challenges and opportunities to be found in new places, phases and people



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Refuel: A Tamasha Theatre Schools Project

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The Refuel project was introduced to me as I had been working with Artistic Director, Fin Kennedy, on two separate youth theatre projects earlier in the year. Refuel seemed like the perfect continuation of a blossoming working relationship as it seemed like a great opportunity to create something brand new from nothing, a prospect that is always exciting, and also a huge responsibility in that we were to represent Tamasha as creative ambassadors.

I was asked to read the play Approaching Empty by Ishy Din to contextualise the project. I was going to be working with a writer whose work I already enjoyed. We would have 6 sessions to experiment with ideas to create a brand new 20-minute script with a group of 11 year old year 7 students from Swanlea School in East London. Already, the structured openness of the project meant we had to jump in with no expectations and see what happened. Instinctively, the writer and I knew that the way to elicit the best work out of a group of young people would be to really allow them to feel that their ideas were at the fore of the creation process.

Having the project funded by an organisation interested in celebrating Muslim culture support us to deliver this work at a majority Muslim school, facilitated by myself and a Muslim writer, meant that diversity and authenticity were already inherent, and this meant I could get on with my work to make a play that was well pitched and relevant for school-aged pupils; without race or religion overtly having to frame the proceedings.

Most participants had either little or no experience of practical drama work. It was not easy to galvanise sceptical minds and unconvinced bodies into full and keen participation but the more I worked with the group, the more I realised what an honour it was to be part of what I’d had an inclination would be an important journey for all of us.

Working with Asif Khan as the project writer was incredibly smooth sailing. We met ahead of the first session and had a long rambling conversation about lots of unrelated things and then briefly caveated the meeting with loose plans for the first session. We both agreed that we trusted each other implicitly to do our jobs, but that there was room for fluidly and off-piste exercises depending on where the session was going. Eureka moment came when meticulous planning met the energy of play. This meant no pressure and lots of space for discovery. Hot seating initial character ideas saw some of the students reveal hidden traits that provided great inspiration for characters later embellished in the script.

Our first session was tough. Swanlea School has a very small drama department and very large class sizes. The students were apprehensive to say the very least. They were also a little embarrassed when I let them know that we would be starting each of our sessions together with a physical warm up.

Luckily, we had the full support of Kate Hibbert, the drama teacher at Swanlea, which meant I felt free to push the students way outside of their comfort zone, and I insisted that we wholeheartedly embraced the spirit of drama activity. The students were physically and vocally reserved so my task was clear from the outset; to get these students to wilfully explore and express themselves. With this as my focus, Asif was given the space to piece together the vast tapestry of ideas that were generated and natural attributes the group were able to share through exercises and discussions.

Over the course of the 6 sessions we saw growth within each and every one of the students. By the time Asif had created his first draft, we had their full energetic investment. We saw improved ability to vocally project and articulate creative ideas, and also a willingness to contribute when unprompted. One participant in particular started off completely inaudible. She was extremely softly spoken, and as English was a second language, she was often reluctant to speak up even when asked direct questions. During the final read-through of the script, this same participant insisted on a larger speaking role, so much so that we had to do a last minute recast to make sure she was happy.

The best thing about the project was that having Asif as the writer meant that the work was culturally relevant, which made the group feel truly at the centre of the work and got them excited about sharing a perceptive that they fully understood.

The main given that we had to work with was around the set. The play had to be set in a cab office as the text will play directly on top of the set of Approaching Empty, a touring theatre production by Tamasha.

Synopsis: The young people are at the cab office as they have been allowed by one of their fathers to use the space for a few hours so that they can hold their own Eid party. People start to arrive but the party is then interrupted by an unwelcome guest. As the plot thickens, we are in introduced to a ghost – the title character, The Lady.

A project like this is so important as it seeds in the importance of self-expression from a young age. It really felt like a powerful catalyst on the participants’ journeys to learning how to relate to themselves and finding ways to relate to each other and the world around them. It was wonderful seeing how validated and capable they felt after each session. Attendance gradually improved and the energy in the room was palpably engaged. It is important that self-expression is nurtured and it is also important that culturally relevant work is supported, as this gives the students a sense of belonging and provides a space for them to take agency over their own public representation. For me as a Director, I find the work truly inspiring as we all had to work from the unknown and take a leap of faith together, and in so doing, have created something that I think is of immense value.

Side Effects by Iman Qureshi 7th – 10th September 2017

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Our biggest production to date is due to go up from September 7th – September 10th.

Do not miss this epic show in East London. Race, Sex, Religion and Science… huge topics. Powerful writing. Exciting venues. All performed by an awesome cast of new talent. We can’t wait to share the story!

Book you tickets for Roof Garden Canary Wharf here 7th – 9th 7.30PM:

Or Poplar Union Sunday 10th here 4PM:

See you there!

We’re casting! We’re looking for a white male actor aged 19 – 25 for a lead role in a brand new play Side Effects

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Purple Moon Drama’s summer project Side Effects is now casting for the role of Serge.

The new cohort of actors are being taken on for the summer programme to produce a brand new piece of work written by Iman Quereshi.

Character Breakdown

SERGE: A single dad on a zero hours contract, desperate to provide for his daughter, calm, mysterious.

There is only 1 place available on the programme. All other parts for this 1 hour production have been cast. Rehearsals are once per week on Fridays from 4.30PM – 7PM

The show goes up in September at a performance venue in East London. There will be a scratch performance at The Rich Mix later this month.

This would suit an aspiring actor looking to gain more experience within the industry. The project has already started; the casting is for an immediate start.

If this is you or if this sounds like someone you know, get in touch asap!

Project Connect

Might Never Happen Casting for TIE Tour!

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Purple Moon Drama are referring actors for a paid acting job with one of our partner organisations. Our extensive network of talent means we can make personal recommendations and help support our past members into paid work assignments. We’re looking forward to seeing the production of Might Never Happen touring later this year!

Hear Me Now

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Purple Moon Drama are pleased to announce that we will be teaming up with Tamasha Theatre Company’s Writer’s Group to produce another incredible iteration of Hear Me Now.

It involves bringing diverse young actors and members of Tamasha Playwrights group together, to write better quality audition material which avoids stereotype. It has been run twice before, once with the NYT and a second time with the Tamasha Developing Artists (TDA) network. A public scratch night was held to showcase the results.

The format is really simple: a two-hour workshop led by Titi Dawudu; and dramaturged by Tamasha Artistic Director, Fin Kennedy; in which the writers and actors meet one another, and the actor then develops a wholly original character of their own imagining (a part they know they could play but would never get seen for) and the writer then goes away and writes a 3-minute audition monologue for the character. The writers will then have at least six weeks to work on the monologue for the actor. Everyone will meet up again for another two-hour workshop in which the actors perform the pieces in front of their writer and agree any final changes. The actors then get a final draft to use again in auditions forever.

This is an incredible opportunity to work with excellent writers and a reputable theatre company.

The only thing we’d need from you is commitment for the two sessions, and your character ideas.  A publishing deal for the monologues will be secured later in the year. There will be a book launch at Soho Theatre in early 2018, at which some of the actors will be invited to perform their pieces to an industry audience.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, register you details here:

We will call you to confirm your place on the project.

Purple Moon Drama Alumni go to Nando’s in Shoreditch

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Purple Moon Drama provides you with a family for life. We reconnected and discussed our family heritage with writer Iman Qureshi over some peri-peri chicken!  We had Nigeria, Kurdistan, Albania, Jamaica, Pakistan, Barbados and Egypt round the table! Amazing doesn’t begin to cover it. SO happy to support all these amazing young people on their journeys. Powerful stuff. Vibes galore!

Sign up to audition for the 2019 cohort Click here