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The 2017 TCW Awards Ceremony

The 2017 TCW Awards Ceremony went off with a bang!

It was held in the theatre at The Mulbury Bigland Green Centre on Thursday 2nd November.

Students came to collect their GCSE and Functional Skills certificates as well as Jack Petchey awards, with teachers, staff parents/carers cheering on from the stalls. We are so proud of the achievements of all our young people and can’t wait to hear what they go on to do in the future.

Congratulations to all!

The Tate Exchange Art Project

May 2017

TCW took part in the The Tate Exchange Art Project at The Tate Modern. Loads of teachers, students and campus classes went to see their wonderful creation and to support others who entered. Here is a video clip:

TCW Refugee Project

December 2016

After the very successful Refugee project in 2015 where students raised money to be taken to a camp in Greece, the Head of our Whitechapel year 10, was invited to the UNHCR in Brussels to discuss the project and brainstorm ideas for how to teach children about cross boarders and the European refugee crisis. Only FOUR schools in Europe were chosen!

 

 

 

Macbeth on Tour to Schools

The Complete Works in partnership with Italia Conti present…Macbeth
A fast-moving, adaption of Shakespeare’s magical play.The Complete Works have once again partnered with The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts to bring you a school tour like no other. Last year, schools were whisked away to a magical land of fairies and fiends with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This year, we’re bringing back one of Shakespeare’s most-loved plays, with a creepy, celtic twist that is sure to keep audiences entertained.
This year’s tour is running from September 28th to October 2nd. Performances are now almost completely sold out!  Booking can be done on the telephone on 020 7377 0280. Performances take place both mornings and afternoons and typically run for 1 hour and 30 minutes. More information can be found below via our booking form.

I am Unconditional

This academic year, students working both individually and in groups, worked very hard to create a very special anthology of creative writing titled: I Am Unconditional. It contains the stories, poems and artwork of the students; unabridged, uncensored and unconditional.  The book’s editor, teacher at TCW and spoken word educator, Christian Foley, describes this work as, “Writing without condition and restriction.  No student was told ‘you can’t write that’ or ‘you shouldn’t write this’… freedom was paramount to the project.”

I am Unconditional was launched at a special event at Oxford House in Bethnal Green on the 15th July 2015. A large audience assembled for exciting evening to celebrate the next generation of young creative writers. Students read aloud their debut published works for the first time, and talks were given by Phil Richards (TCW’s Headteacher) and the book’s editor, Christian Foley.

The work has been endorsed by acclaimed british children’s novelist and poet, Michael Rosen amongst many other respected british poets and spoken-word-educators.

“I’m grateful that these poems have been written and that I have been allowed to read them. I hope that many, many more people will read them too.” – Michael Rosen

The book is now available for purchase for £5.00.

If you would like to buy a copy, please email info@tcw.org.uk

I am Unconditional Crop

The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors

by William Shakespeare

Autumn tour 2013 – The Complete Works & Italia Conti

After the success of last years ‘As you like it’ we have created another fantastic Shakespeare play for the new academic year in conjunction with Italia Conti Academy.  This year we are very excited to announce that we are staging ‘The Comedy of Errors’ and we will be performing it across schools in London and the surrounding areas.

The performances will be taking place from Monday 30th September – Friday 4th October with an AM performance starting at 9.30 and a PM performance starting a 1.30 (NB there is some flexibility with this). The performance will last for approximately 1hr 30 mins including a Q&A session at the end.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience high-quality, high-energy, live Shakespeare performed in their own school. The play has been adapted and abridged to suit student audiences, and we receive very positive feedback for these performances year after year. Our version of the play is set in the 1920’s and incorporates live music and dance, all performed against a beautiful art-deco style backdrop.

The performance is suitable for all year groups, and can be performed for any audience size from one class to a whole year group.

Please call the office on 020 7 377 0280 or email admin@tcw.org.uk for more details or to book!

“We came into the world like brother & brother, now let’s go hand in hand, not one before another!”

The Memory Palace Performance – A weird and wonderful night to remember at the V&A

On 15th August 2013 TCW ran an evening of interactive performance at the V&A on behalf of Mastercard Priceless London events.

We employed around 40 actors, musicians, dancers and circus performers for what was most probably our largest-scale creative project to date, and thanks to the hard work and incredible talent of all those involved, the night was a massive success!

The premise for the performance was inspired by the book and current exhibition at the V&A entitled ‘The Memory Palace‘. The text, written by Hari Kunzru, depicts a world in which the ability to remember has been eradicated as a result of a magnetic storm, and those precious few who are still able to remember the past have been incarcerated by the oppressive government.

We decided to set our performance in a world where this government has been overthrown, and the civilians are coming together to remember and celebrate the past together. The performance was promenade in nature, as we were lucky enough to be given permission to roam freely around the museum!

We wrote 4 different bespoke scripts, gave improvisation-based workshops for our actors in preparation, employed professional dancers, musicians and circus performers, and provided all of the costumes for the performance… Phew! A video of the night’s weird and wonderful shenanigans is on the way – so make sure to watch this space!

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved, including The Big Group (who commissioned us for the entertainment), Event Concept (who ran the production and tech on the night) and of course the Victoria and Albert Museum. It certainly was a memorable night!

‘As You Like It’ – October 2012 Tour

This month we toured the Shakespeare play ‘As You Like It’ in schools around London in partnership with the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. The tour was a huge success and we’re already excited about planning next years play.

A set of photos from this production can be viewed by clicking here.

A blog post by our student Toshawn

On Tuesday Andy and I organised my own drawer in the cupboard to keep all of my project work in. I have many different projects happening with TCW at the moment and needed somewhere to store my work. I really enjoyed it, it was very fun.

On Wednesday we cooked a Lasagne and Andy took some photographs of me preparing it for a comic book style recipe book we are going to make. I like cooking; my favourite food is Jamaican food. In the afternoon I went rock climbing. I really enjoy the rock climbing sessions.

Today I have done Music. I do drumming in music; we are trying to form a band. We are working well as a group.

Recently I have also visited the National Theatre on the South Bank to look at lighting.
I am interested in lighting and my youth club allow me to do the lighting for their shows.

I am also just starting a photography project where I am being taught all different things about cameras.

New TCW Promo Video nearing completion

Our Brand New Promo Video is nearing completion and will be viewable very soon right here or on the TCW YouTube channel alongside many of our previous projects.

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