Summer Project - Hackney Carnival Collective


We have a very exciting opportunity for a FREE summer project!

Are you aged 16 -25?

Do you have a learning disability?

Want to learn new skills and perform in Hackney Carnival?


Hackney Shed have teamed up with Access All Areas to bring you a free carnival project as part of Discover Young Hackney Festival this summer.

Running from August to September, 16 - 25 year old's with learning difficulties/disabilities are invited to join the Hackney Carnival Collective: a wonderfully fun opportunity to work with professional artists on creating music, movement and costume. 

Participants can sign up to one or both parts of the projects as follows -

Part 1 with HACKNEY SHED

2 - 4 August, 11 – 4pm

To book a place on Part 1 please contact: or call 07950 838 238



29 August – 1 September, 12 – 5pm

To book a place on Part 2 please contact: or call 0207 613 6445


Both projects take place at CHATS PALACE

Address: 42 – 44 Brooksby’s Walk, Hackney E9 6DF

Nearest Station: Homerton

If you are interested or know someone who might like to get involved then please email for an application form. Of course, if you've any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch.

If you don't consider yourself to have learning difficulties/disabilities but would still like to get involved then still get in touch with us at

Places are very limited so please do reply asap.

Looking forward to some carnival fun!

Find us on the Discover Young Hackney Website!


A Fairy Tale - Hackney Shed's Summer Production

Tickets are now available for our end of term summer production featuring our Children's Theatre and our Youth Theatre!


The focus at the start of this year was responding to images and writing and looking at an overall theme of ‘perception’.  What we see and what is the truth behind it.  We were reminded of the famous ‘Cottingley fairies’ photographs, taken exactly 100 years ago in 1917 by two young cousins who convinced the world that they really did have fairies at the bottom of their garden!  In this modern world of ‘fake news’ and social media it’s hard to keep track of reality versus fantasy, and our performances this evening explore these themes with a touch of added fairy dust!  These original pieces were written by one of our talented practitioners but inspired by the characters and scenarios invented by our members in their Hackney Shed sessions.

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 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 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 to sign up or for more information.

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