Living Latino real life stories, devising workshops.
It all started in January 2017, during the production of Holding the Man by Tommy Murphy, when Dr Greg Ussher, the CEO of METRO Charity, was our main panelist for the post show Q&A. It was back then that we had our first chat about working together to support the LGBTQ+ community through making theatre. A year later we came up with the idea for these workshops, where we use theatre to give a voice to those underrepresented in the arts and support METRO with their work around HIV prevention and support.
Over the eight weeks, a group of queer Latinos living with or affected by HIV, will receive basic acting training and access drama therapy sessions. During the first few sessions they will share their own life stories of how it is to be living as queer Latino migrants in the UK. Four professional actors will join in, working together to devise these stories and develop a show that will take place at the King’s Head Theatre during their Queer Month in August 2018.
This workshop is a pilot and it is kindly funded by METRO Charity. However, Big Boots’ contribution to this project is entirely on a voluntary basis and apart from actors, everyone involved in this project is not being paid. We will collect detailed feedback and conduct an evaluation in order to build evidence for funding opportunities in the future. We would like to run similar workshops twice a year with various groups across the LGBT+ community. Your support will be very welcomed. Please click here and let us know your thoughts and ideas, and after the show drop us a line with any feedback.
To find out more about METRO's emerging communities work with Latinos and Latin Americans, visit the Latino Seguro section of their website.
Artwork design and workshops photography by Nicolas Chinardet.
Director - Sebastian Palka
Dramaturg - Charlotte Everest
Company Stage Manager - Scott Willans
Photography - Nicolas Chinardet
Casting - Kris Webb (Cloud Casting)
Actor and Director has worked in theatre, film, TV in a wide range of styles, roles and forms. Sebastian worked with acclaimed theatre and film directors Jacek Skalski (Poland), Adam Cook (Australia) and Shane Meadows (UK). He trained in the Academy of Theatrical Arts in Krakow, Poland and The Acting College in Sydney, Australia.
Sebastian is a founder of Big Boots Theatre Company Limited. He received an Off West End Award Nomination in the category of Best Director for Holding the Man staged at Brockley Jack Theatre in 2017. Sebastian is a member of Genesis Directors Network at Young Vic in London and the Directors's Cut at Southwark Playhouse.
Sebastian has written musicals and directed at the Polish Children Theatre ‘Syrena’ in Hammersmith, London. He directed at Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden and assisted at City Lit Drama School in Holborn. Other credits include Faust by Wolfgang Goethe, The Giaour by Lord Byron and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.
Everest's directing career began in Leeds, directing Churchill's Love and Information (Banham Theatre) and assisting on Boys at the Edinburgh Fringe. Everest began to expand her style, completing a sold-out run of an immersive performance of Peter Nichols' Passion Play. Her second immersive endeavour was a large-scale environmental piece, adapting John Fowel's The Magus (Stage@Leeds). Alongside training on Mountview's MA in Theatre Directing, she has assistant directed on numerous London productions: Lobster (Theatre 503), Welcome To Thebes (Mountview), One Last Tragedy (The Bread and Roses), Chicken Soup with Barley (Mountview), Broken (Old Red Lion), A Raisin in the Sun (Karamel Club) and has recently directed Bad Jews (Mountview), Benchmarks (a radio play), One's and Zero's (The Etcetera), Flash (Karamel) and That Was All (Theatre 503).
Originally from Canterbury Scott moved to London 7 years ago. Scott has been sound mixing in a church setting for 10 years. He has started to take take these skills further into the theatre and events industry. Recently working on City Lit Production of 'Welcome to Thebes'.