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 The Creative Team

Our Creative Directors

 
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Emily Capstick

'I love the diversity of my creative roles with Peoplescape Theatre - making, writing, acting, facilitating and directing. A highly supportive group who enable us, as a team, to share our interests and enthusiasm with people of all ages.'

Emily is an award-winning scriptwriter and published children’s author with 60+ scripts & stories commissioned and performed at museums across the country. She has also facilitated training, presented at conferences and worked (as a writer, facilitator, director and creative consultant) across Europe and the USA.

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Alison Hale

Alison is a drama practitioner, performer, theatre maker and is Creative Director for  Peoplescape’s London projects. She loves collaborating with other artists and children to devise work and being part of a creative team where ideas evolve and unfold.

She has lead many projects for young people with Special Educations Needs which has informed her style, in creating playful and accessible interaction. Her background in Drama and Theatre in Education inspired her philosophy of learning through drama  to create powerful and meaningful educational experiences with children, teachers and learning support assistants.

Catherine Wilson

Our Associate Artists

 
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Catherine Evans

I’m a Speech & Language Therapist with a background in Drama and I’ve worked directly with young people with additional needs for 20 years in many settings including special & mainstream schools, day centres and residential settings.

 

I’ve also provided training on working with children with additional needs to a range of cultural venues including Museum of London, Historic Royal Palaces and National Maritime Museum. I’ve always used stories in my work and I love the creative process of working with young people to develop a story specifically designed for their interests and humour. 

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Matt Wardle

My work spans performance, applied theatre, storytelling and drama for learning. I’ve been using drama in educational and cultural contexts for 15 years, working with early years, children & young people and adults with and without additional needs. I also work with teachers on ’storytelling the curriculum’ and I run North West Drama, a regional drama organisation whose flagship project is the Children’s Shakespeare Festivals. 

My practice is built around the core beliefs that drama has the power to help us come to know what it means to be human and that all children and young people have the right to a creative education, which is why I’m proud to be an associate artist with Peoplescape Theatre.

 

Our Creative Practitioners

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Amaraah Roze

A performer, facilitator and producer who loves working with people of all ages to develop their skills, confidence and self esteem. She is passionate about creating fun and inclusive environments where participants can feel comfortable to bring their best selves.

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Amie Taylor

Amie is a writer, theatre maker and facilitator. For the past 15 years she has delivered projects for children and young peoples in schools, youth theatres at festivals and with theatres and arts venues. Since 2018, she has made six theatre shows for children. She has written two books: The Monster of Feelings was the most recent and was published in 2022.

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Annette Cobley-Francis

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Bex Milner

Bex is a drama facilitator, theatre-maker/educator & has worked for Peoplescape for the past 4 years. She loves building connections with children through theatre & stories & seeing the transformational effects it has on them.  She has a masters in Applied Theatre from Goldsmith University.

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Emma Broadhurst

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Jen Harris

Jen uses drama & storytelling to connect people & help them to develop their confidence. She worked with adults with LD at DIY Theatre company for 14 years and is on their board. She works at M6 Theatre Company on various projects. For Peoplescape, Jen has performed in The Magic Porridge Pot and Around the world in 80 days.

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Monica Sagar

Monica works in TV, film, radio and theatre. She performed in Russell T. Davies' Years & Years & BBC Sounds Series, Murmurs. She's worked with Peoplescape Theatre for 3 school tours of Three Little pigs and The Gingerbread Man. She's also a part of Manchester's female skateboarding community, a film programmer & host for IndieFlicks Film Festival.

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Paul Andrew

A storyteller/ drama facilitator, Paul has works with all ages, abilities & backgrounds, as well as ESOL speakers. He has worked on numerous shows & facilitated workshops for Peoplescape theatre. 'What I love about Peoplescape is that they make and allow the children to create multisensory, inclusive and 

playful drama using stories.' 

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Rachael Gladwin

Rachael Gladwin is a musician, composer, performer & puppeteer from Manchester. She is a regular with La Machine International Street Theatre, Frolicked Outdoor Theatre and other productions. Her extensive recording and performance credits include Guy Garvey, Corinne Bailey Rae, Beth Orton, Nitin Sawhney, DJ Shadow, Jimmy Osmond, Susan Boyle & many other artists, albums and soundtracks.

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Sheryl Malcolm

Sheryl has had the benefit of working with diverse communities in London, delivering projects with arts organisations, theatres, schools and universities. She thrives on working in collaboration, so the creative process can take place and participants can wholly engage, enjoy and transform.

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Valentine Hanson

I'm an actor, drama practitioner and storyteller based in East London, where I was born and raised. Working with children, families and community groups on various topics through the art of storytelling and drama is what I adore doing and discovering more about people's lives, stories and journeys they've been through and are currently on.

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Steve Howe

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Tanya Muchanyuka

Tanya fell in love with singing, dancing and telling and retelling stories as a child. With a background in devising physical theatre, Tanya began practicing dance therapy & applying that to her teaching style. As a facilitator she empowers & supports intergenerational communities with varying needs and abilities to be able to express themselves through movement and theatre arts. 

 

Our Advisory Group

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I am a theatre-maker and creative educator, and very proud to support the wonderful inclusive work of Peoplescape Theatre.

Adam Power-Annand

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Catherine manages the programme for teachers, schools & young people at the National Gallery of Ireland, ensuring that children & young people are at the heart of all programmes, via consultation, collaboration & co-production. She is committed to making

museums & galleries accessible, inspiring & engaging, & believes that Peoplescape lead the way in this area.

Catherine O'Donnell

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Deborah is Head of Department at a special school in Croydon. She previously taught & studied abroad in Budapest & Philadelphia. In Philadelphia she completed post-graduate degree in Creative Writing & English; then taught, wrote & performed poetry at festivals, courses & conferences. 

Deborah Richards 

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Kaye is the Director of the Manchester Children’s Book Festival & Education Manager at the Manchester Poetry Library at Manchester Metropolitan University where she is lucky enough to be immersed in the world of children’s poetry, stories, books and gets to make fantastic projects happen.  Kaye loves dogs, writing, camper-vanning and is learning to play the ukulele. 

Kay Tew

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Naheeda Maharasingam

Headteacher of Rathfern Primary School & steering group lead for the Embedding Race Equality work across Lewisham Schools. She is passionate about values which enrich her vision & permeate her school culture, pedagogy & curriculum with a focus on disrupting the trajectory for disadvantaged pupils. 

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Peter Kennedy

Peter is a drama specialist, consultant and trainer, providing learners with positive and enriching drama experiences and teachers with practical ideas to use. He led a successful drama department in a large comprehensive school in Stockport