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Exhibition Road Creative Quarter 19 November 2010

Project Creative Quarter Workshop 1

This free event for 13-19 year olds is a unique opportunity for young people to learn about their opportunities in the creative industries. Organised by the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, Creative Quarter provides a chance to meet professional artists, designers, scientists as well as undergraduate and post-graduate students and to take part in free drop-in activities, workshops, talks and demonstrations.

It gives access to some of the latest developments in the creative industries, as well as an overview of different education and career pathways young people can follow.

Royal Albert Hall Sessions:  Creative Writing, Fashion and Backstage Tours


This year, Royal Albert Hall Learning & Participation ran a creative writing workshop, So You Want to be a Playwright.  Playwright, Judith Johnson, led this 90 minute session  which explored imaginative techniques when creating characters, dialogue and plot. For more information on Judith please see the Judith Johnson tab.

Those interested in a career in Technical Theatre then took part in a backstage tour of the Royal Albert Hall led by members of our Show Department who play a key role in staging some of our most spectacular events such as Fashion Rocks and Children in Need gigs.  The tour allowed them to see areas of the Hall not normally open to the public whilst learning about the career paths of some of our key staff.

We will also ran two fashion workshops with Fashion Designer, Kevin Freeman of Renaissance Creative Design: A Masterclass in Fashion Illustration and a hands on Fashion Styling session where participants had the chance to customize and design T-shirts taking inspiration from leading designers. 

Creative Quarter is led by the V&A, and involves all the leading organizations surrounding Exhibition Road including: Imperial College London, Kensington Palace, Royal College of Art, Royal College of Music, Science Museum and the Serpentine Gallery.

This is an annual event. If you would like to attend next year or make sure that you don't miss out any other future events then please contact Learning & Participation to be added to our mailing list.

Judith’s plays include ‘Uganda’ for the Royal National Studio/Royal Court, (winner of the Thames Best Play Award), and ‘Somewhere’ for the Royal National Theatre /Liverpool Playhouse (winner of a Liverpool Arts Award). ‘The Singing Group’ and ‘Exclude Me’, were produced at the Chelsea Theatre and she was dramaturg for the hit verbatim show ‘Come out Eli’ at the Arcola Theatre. She has written two musicals with composer Karl Lewkowicz, both for Arcola Theatre. She has written three plays for the Connections Youth Theatre Scheme at The National Theatre. Judith has written six plays for Y-Touring Theatre Company, including a loose trilogy exploring issues of health and science. ‘Starfish’  and ‘Nobody Lives Forever’  were both performed at the Albert Hall as part of Science Week 2009 and 2010.  

Judith’s film script ‘Strawberry Fields’, co-written with director Frances Lea,  was filmed this summer and will be released soon.  TV work includes Grange Hill, The Bill and ‘First Sex’ which was nominated for a children’s BAFTA. She has written a number of radio plays and was a team writer on the BBC World Service Soap ‘Westway’.

Judith is currently working on a play about food for inclusive theatre company Razed Roof.  Her second musical will be produced in 2011. She is a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Greenwich University and Toynbee Hall, mentoring students with academic writing needs.

Kevin is the Director of Renaissance Creative Design Ltd producing costumes and dressing for theatre, TV and events nationally and internationally.  He has designed and produced for venues as diverse as the 02 and Brighton Pavilion and companies from the BBC to Graeae. He is a fully experienced couture designer with accurate and creative pattern cutting, realisation and interpretative skills.