Masterclass Series

For five weeks, starting 8th May, we’re collaborating with artists to share their art form with you. Join us every Friday at 2pm where we’ll be premiering these masterclasses across our social media channels. Perfect to keep the kids entertained – and we’d love to see how you get on so don’t forget to share your videos with us.

Episode 5: Jamie Brown

From Gateshead, Jamie trained at Bretton Hall (3-year ACTING), and is an established actor of 14 years (When the Boat Comes In, Hadaway Harry*, The Man and the Donkey*) and director of 5 years (Bobby Robson Saved My Life, Geordie The Musical), receiving widespread acclaim, and garnering Journal Culture, North-East Theatre Guide, Buxton Fringe, and WOW 24/7 awards and nominations.

Alongside his passion for regional theatre, Jamie also specializes in Shakespeare and is a long-standing Associate Artist, and Learning Director (2012-present) of 1623 Theatre Company, where he has taken on roles including Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo, Bottom, Troilus and many more since 2007. Elsewhere, he has toured the UK in productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It, as well as appearing as Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (The Customs House).

He is a regular guest director for the Shakespeare Schools Festival, as well as an associate for the Theatre Royal Newcastle’s actor training programme – Project A. Early in 2020, Jamie received an Inspirational Educator Award from London Livery Company -The Trust of the Worshipful Company of Educators, where this year’s theme was ‘Teaching Shakespeare in Challenging Settings’.

Jamie is looking forward to joining us for his masterclass on Friday 5th June.


Episode 4: Nat White

Nat White aka Nat Lunatrick is a performer of circus and cabaret acts and a teacher of circus and performance. He works in a wide variety of circuses, festivals, corporate and private events and regularly teaches at Circus Central, Newcastle’s very own circus school.

Nat has a wide variety of skills including unicycle, juggling, ropewalking and handstand. He is often booked to act as a host or compere for large shows where his gift of the gab and irreverent humour create a fun and welcoming atmosphere. Nat enjoys act creation and likes to inject story and humour into circus. Nat started out as a fire dancer and street performer in Newcastle, his skills have allowed him to travel and perform across three continents.


Episode 3: Annie Guy

Annie has a first-class Hons degree in Musical Theatre from Arts Educational schools London and a Diploma in teaching in the performing Arts, The University of London.
Since graduating 3 years ago Annie has performed in Musicals such as West Side Story, (UK) playing Rosalia, 1st Cover Maria. Miss Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie US Canadian & UK tour. Rosie/ Ensemble Sweet Charity (London West End) & Hope Caldwell in Urinetown (ArtsEd). Annie currently can be seen in CBBC’s BAFTA winning series DIXI playing the lead character Jane, Dawn in SKY 1 series The Grand, and film, Gypsy Kiss. Annie is also is a dancer for Pinewood Studios and can be seen in recent film Breathe.
She has performed in various concerts and Award ceremonies in London such as, The Olivier Awards, What’s on Stage Awards, a soloist in Royal Albert Hall Concert D-Day, and worked alongside Georgia Stitt to showcase her new writing at a West End Concert in London. Annie is the director and owner of north east drama school Musical theatre studio (MTS). She has just arrived back from the United States working as a solo singer and is thrilled to be coaching a masterclass for The Customs House.


Episode 2: Jess Cheetham

Jess is a freelance London based visual artist. She predominately works as a special effects make up designer, credits include Prevenge (opening Venice film Festival in 2016), Body painter for the Band Years and Years for their live performances, touring the UK, Europe and USA with various high end Circus’ as a make up artist/ body painter.
More recently Jessica has been exhibiting her live artwork (IMATS London) curating her own immersive music, contemporary performance and live art show (premiering at the Royal Academy of Arts) and directing/ producing artistic music videos. She is spending her lock down creating quirky make up looks from things she has found in her kitchen, and hopes to inspire you all to do the same in this masterclass.

Episode 1: Rob Anderson

Rob Anderson is a freelance dance performer based in Newcastle and a member of Bad Taste Cru. He predominantly works in contemporary theatre, with companies such as Gary Clarke company, Southpaw Dance, Anton Lachky company, Shaper Caper, Mobius and more. Rob works with TCH on youth theatre movement development workshops, and also with Breakin’ (breakdance) events such as Mean Teens. In this workshop, Rob will guide you through a short Breakin’ routine designed to cover some foundational steps that fit within your home environment. The class will cover elements of Top rock, Footwork and Freezes.

                                                                                                     Image Credit: Gary Clarke Company and Boneshaker