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

Discover Young Hackney 2016 Film Making Workshops

Hackney Ramblings Following on from our highly successful film making workshop last year Hackney Shed are pleased to once again be part of the Discover Young Hackney Festival 2016.

Come and work with us and learn about making film and acting in film. These workshops are for anyone interested in being on either side of the camera, whether you want to act or be part of the creative team or crew! You can be part of the weekly sessions on a Tuesday OR JUST COME ALONG TO THE FILMING WORKSHOP ON TUESDAY 16th FEB. This is a one day workshop in the half term holiday where you will be part of the team who makes the film. Whether you want to be in front of or behind the camera all welcome!

Watch films from last years project on our You Tube Channel

What The group will explore the cultures, spaces and life in Hackney through the medium of film. Six weekly workshops will explore devising, creating and story boarding in preparation for a day of film making in the half term break.

Who Young people aged 14-19, no experience necessary, all welcome.

When Weekly sessions on Tuesdays from 12th January - 9th February from 4.40pm - 5.50pm. Tuesday 16th February filming day, all day. (note the half term workshop day is open to all).

Where Weekly sessions take place in the theatre of BSix college, Clapton (Kenninghall Road E5 8BP)

Cost Free!

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

Vote Hackney Shed and Help us Raise the Funds We Need to Put on a Great Show!

Voting is now open for the 'One Family' Community Awards until 3rd November. Hackney Shed Needs Your Vote!

We have been nominated for a 'One Family' community award, which means we could be awarded £5,000 to cover the costs involved in putting on our 2016 end of term shows, which would be amazing! We pride ourselves on the high standard of our inclusive work and aim to give all our members a magical and professional experience, but buying costumes for 80 young people, making a set, buying props, covering our extra staffing costs plus additional use of the space all adds up. As well as that we always aim to give every member a DVD recording of their performance as a lasting record of their achievement and so that they can share it with others and feel a sense of pride in what they have achieved.

Please help us to give the young people we work with an experience they will never forget!

All you need to do is follow this link to the One Family Foundation Website and in the community awards section you will be able to vote Hackney Shed (more details on how to vote below). The projects with the most votes will be awarded the money they need to complete their work. It takes a few minutes to register but it's worth it!

Thank you so much in advance for supporting us!



Follow This Link to the Hackney Shed Page. If you have not voted for a project via 'One Family' before you will need to take a few minutes to register before you can vote.

If you’re already registered and logged in, click the vote button. This will be in the top right corner of the page. Your vote will be added and the button will change colour.

If you’re not logged into the Foundation, you’ll be prompted to either log in or register – click the option that’s relevant to you. If you’re registered, once you’ve logged in you’ll be taken back to the project page and you can click the blue button to vote.

If you’re not registered, go to the next step. Register for the Foundation

Fill in your details, choose a password and answer the security question on the registration form.

Press ‘submit’ and wait for the activation email to come through to the email address you specified.

When you click the activation link in the email, your registration will be complete and you’ll be taken back to the project page you started on. Vote for your project

Once registered and logged in, click the blue ‘vote’ button again.

The vote count will increase and the button will change colour – this means your vote was successful and has gone through.

Thank you for taking the time to vote for us. Fingers crossed and watch this space for results!