St Augustine’s Clock Tower: Turning Back Time
This is a call for members of a new arts collective.

St Augustine’s Clock Tower: Turning Back Time: A site specific, immersive performance project

Newington Collective are offering 16 weekly professional development workshops ending in a public performance at St Augustine's Tower. 

Workshops run from 11th September to mid December 2013.

This is a unique opportunity for you:

To devise and develop a live performance and a digital media theatre experience at St Augustine’s Tower in Hackney

To research and explore the history of the tower

To make new visible work within your community

To take the lead in all aspects of creating a public performance at the oldest building in Hackney

To gain an ArtsAward qualification

Newington Collective have over 40 years combined experience in devised theatre, site- specific and immersive performance.

Collaborating with Digital Theatre Sustain, Hackney Historic Buildings Trust andHackney Archives you have access to workshops in performance devising, immersive theatre making, digital theatre, heritage workshops and talks.

ArtsAward is equivalent up to a short G.C.S.E or BTEC. Arts Award’s unique qualifications support young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. Working towards this award young people learn to work independently, helping them to prepare for further education and employment.

Wednesdays 3pm – 7pm from the 11th September 2013 – 11th December.  
Plus Tuesday 15th October 3pm – 7pm and Sunday 8thDecember 12pm – 4pm

Workshops held at: St Augustine’s Tower Hackney and The Russet Café workshop space, Hackney Downs Studios

You must be between 19 and 25 with a strong connection to Hackney

Is this for me?

The project offers you an engaging opportunity as one of 12 young people (aged 19 – 25) living in Hackney to gain experience in the fields of heritage and the arts. There are opportunities to gain professional skills, a qualification and references which may help you secure work or further education. The project will start 11th of September and will culminate in December with a site specific performance in St Augustine's Clock Tower in the heart of Hackney devised and performed by you.

You will engage with the heritage by attending talks, walks, heritage workshops and will access site specific theatre devising workshops run by professional artists as you creatively explore St Augustine's Tower.

Many workshops will take place at St Augustine's Tower which is managed by Hackney Historic Buildings Trust: HHBT will be giving us over 32 hours of access over the 16 weeks. The performance at St Augustine's Tower will be a public event and gives you the chance for you to share your work with family, friends, arts professionals and the wider community.

This project aims to help people make sense of St Augustine's Tower and will include not only the performance but also digital media workshops and outputs which will then be accessible online.

About St Augustine’s Clock Tower

Saint Augustine's Clock Tower, Mare Street is all that remains of the old church of St. Augustine, which was built at the end of the thirteenth century. It is Hackney's oldest building, having survived when the rest of the original parish church was demolished in 1798. In 1929, Hackney Council bought the tower from the church to save it from demolition. It is an important part of Hackney's history and appears on the Borough's coat of arms. It is listed Grade I, and is therefore in the top 2% of buildings listed in the country.

For further information and application form please contact:

Frankie Walker, Newington Dance Space, 07507797173 or email

how to apply: 

or fill in our online application form by visiting  

St Augustine's Tower" Turning back Time/ application form

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