Half Term Holiday Circus Skills Masterclass


Tuesday 30th May 2017

We are running a free masterclass workshop during the half term break around circus skills. This is a follow up to our hugely successful masterclass last year and will be led by circus artist, Kaveh Rahnama, who works at Jackson's Lane and is artistic director of 'Nearly There Yet' theatre company.

This is a great opportunity to work with a professional circus artist and members of the Hackney Shed team. The workshops will cover skills such as juggling, acrobatic skills and hula hoop techniques, however, no experience is necessary so come along if you want to learn new or perfect old skills!

The workshop will take place during the half term break on Tuesday 30th May in the Theatre space at BSix College, Kenninghill Road, E5 8BP.

There will be two session times

  • 10am - 1pm (8-11 year old's)

  • 1.30 - 4.30pm (11-17 year old's)

The workshop is free and open to all (current Hackney Shed members as well as past/non Hackney Shed members).

Spaces are limited and need to be booked in advance and an application form completed.  Please email barry@hackneyshed.org.uk for more information, an application form or to reserve a place.  Please specify the names and ages of participants and which time slot you require places for.

Reserve your space with Barry now so you don't miss out!

More Power to You! Free Drama workshop 6th May 2017

We are running a free masterclass on Saturday 6th May (2.30 - 6.30pm) at Sutton House in Hackney. This is for 13-19 year olds, although if you happen to be just outside this age range do get in touch.

There are a small amount of places available on a first come first served basis.  Please email barry@hackneyshed.org.uk to reserve a place and fill out the attached application form.

More Power to You

If you could change one thing in your world what would that be?
What is important to you?
What power do young people have anyway?

Inspired by Sutton House's upcoming exhibition, The School of Anarchy, Hackney Shed are running a half-day workshop at the Hackney venue for 13-19 year olds around the themes of power and protest. 

We’ll explore the amazing spaces and have access to specially selected items from the exhibition, devise our own work in response and record a podcast which will be shared online at a later date.

If you're interested in performing and creating work with other young people, work that matters to you then this is the workshop for you.

Date: Saturday 6th May, 2.30 - 6.30pm
Venue: Sutton House2 & 4 Homerton High St, E9 6JQ

Reserve your space now so you don't miss out!

Half Term Holiday Devising and Filming workshop!

Come and join Hackney Shed and Dare Say Theatre at Shoreditch Town Hall this October half term! We are running a FREE site specific devising and filming workshop: Saturday 29th October - For 10-14 year old's


Light. Power. Progress.

 Come along to a free devising and filming workshop for 10-14 year old's as part the ‘Town Hall Takeover’, a day of events for young people in celebration of Shoreditch Town Hall’s 150th anniversary.

 What: You will work to devise and create short films exploring three distinct points in the history of the building.

Working with artists from Dare Say Theatre and Hackney Shed theatre companies, you will hone your devising skills and work with a filmmaker in a variety of the building’s incredible spaces.

Who: Young people aged 10-14. Places are limited so make sure to sign up quick. No experience necessary and all welcome.

When: 1.30pm -5pm, Saturday 29th October 2016.

Where: The large committee room, Shoreditch Town Hall.

Cost: Free!

How do I sign up? Email barry@hackneyshed.org.uk to sign up or for more information.

Spaces are limited so please contact Barry in advance for more information and to reserve a place.

Support Tara as she 'Run's Hackney' for us!

On 8th May 2016 Hackney will be hosting another half marathon, and we are excited to announce that one of our practitioners, Tara is taking to the streets on our behalf! Watch this space to keep up to date with the money raised and to see if we make our target.


Tara first came to Hackney Shed as a volunteer 6 years ago and was so fantastic we gave her a job and she has been working with us ever since! She is a valued member of our team and a keen runner. Our members are very excited and we hope that you will be able to be there to cheer her on as she runs for Hackney Shed on the 8th May!

"I can't wait to run for Hackney Shed! With all the brilliant creativity, positivity and energy that the young people give me every week I should have enough fuel to keep me running for a lifetime! It's a real pleasure to run in aid of a project I have been with for so long and believe in so strongly. Promise that doesn't mean I'm slacking off on the training, most Tuesdays before I come to Hackney Shed sessions I go for a 7K run, cross train on Mondays and Wednesdays, squeeze in a short run on a Friday and then Sunday mornings are all about pushing past a 10K run these days...phew, go Hackney Shed, gooooo!"

Watch Tara in training and members sharing their words of support in a short film clip HERE.

Our aim is to raise £250 to go towards the costs of our end of term show put on by our members in July 2016. Our inclusive policy means we are open to children and young people with or without special needs, and our shows are original productions that focus on the ideas, skills and talents of our members. Support Tara and the work we do at Hackney Shed today and help our members put on a show they will never forget!

HOW TO DONATE We are collecting sponsership donations via our paypal account as for a small organisation like us this is the most cost effective and simple way to do it. This is a secure, quick and easy way to donate. You don't need to have a paypal account to make a donation this way as the system also accepts most credit cards. Please note that for every payment made paypal take a 1% + 20p charge, so we won't get every single penny, but compared to other methods of donating we benefit the most using paypal! Use the reference 'Run Hackney' when you donate so we know this is a sponsor. If you know Tara and will be seeing her in person you can also sponsor her the old fashioned way with cash! She has a sponsorship form! Click on the Donate button below for a secure link to our Paypal account.


If you have any problems with this link please email sarah@hackneyshed.org.uk


Once you have made a donation we urge you to leave a message of support or a 'like' for Tara via our Facebook Event Page. Don't Forget to 'like' Hackney Shed to keep up to date with the progress of our fundraising and to see how Tara is getting on! Leave a message of support for her on our Run Hackney event page.




Award winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia becomes a patron for Hackney Shed

We are pleased and excited to announce that film maker Asif Kapadia, who grew up in Hackney, has shown his support for our work by becoming a patron. Asif is a BAFTA winning Director / Writer / Producer and is best known for his documentary work, including Senna and Amy.

"I am proud to be Patron of Hackney Shed. A diverse and vibrant place where young people come together to make exciting theatre. A place where each person is equal, their ideas nurtured regardless of background or ability. A unique place flourishing at the heart of Hackney. I was born and educated in Hackney and I understand the need for such a ‘no barriers’ theatre group. Testament to its success is a fifteen year history helping local young people to grow as proud young citizens at the centre of a thriving borough and part of one of the world’s most diverse and artistically exciting cities. The young people at Hackney Shed have a voice, a place to develop their ideas. A place where social barriers are broken down and friendships fostered using theatre and the arts as an expression of themselves. Helping everyone develop skills that will carry through their lives".

We look forward to working with Asif and thank him for his support.

Portrait by Leslie Hassler