CA collaborates with Abuja Festival of Theatre (Nigeria) and Theatre Peckham for an acting workshop with youth 21-36. The Improv Circle (IC), an actors training, performance and storytelling invention of CA Artistic Director Chuck Mike was recently introduced to youth in South East London at Theatre Peckham. The IC which has been globally practiced focuses on heightening the ability of actors to concentrate, imagine, be spontaneous and work as a team. It does this through the art of collective storytelling with an emphasis on giving the illusion that there is only one speaker. The IC has also been traditionally used as part of CA’s auditioning process for its main stage plays. The workshop with Peckham youth was also in aid of discerning appropriate youth for a Nigerian/British play making collaborative project to be held in Abuja, Nigeria this summer under the Abuja Festival of Theatre banner. Last summer Mike attended the festival and gave master classes in acting and directing. (https://www.facebook.com/aft.ng/photos/pcb.394221184526778/394220781193485/?type=3&theater)
He also presented a life time achievement award to nobel laureate and CA patron Wole Soyinka.