A beacon of hope to disengaged young people using creativity to open the door to learning and development
Ché Walker is a writer/director and actor who grew up in Camden and divides his time between London and Los Angeles. His play “Been So Long” premiered at The Royal Court Theatre and starred Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo, before being adapted into a musical premiered at the Young Vic. “Been So Long” is now a feature film starring Michaela Coel, George Mackay and Arinze Kene and has been selected for Cannes Film Festival. His second play “Flesh Wound” won the George Devine Award for Most Promising Writer and the Arts Council Writer of the Future Award. “Crazy Love”, starred Phoebe Waller- Bridge and won the Peter Brook Award.
In 2008, Ché made theatrical history when his play “The Frontline” became the first contemporary- set play to be performed at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in over four hundred years. He made theatrical history again when “The Lightning Child” became the first musical ever performed at Shakespeare’s Globe. “Lovesong”, a collaboration with UK soul legend Omar, was produced by English Touring Theatre Company and toured nationally. “The Eighth” starred Emmy winner Reg E Cathey and a full string orchestra, premiered at Manchester International Festival and selling out The Barbican Centre. “Klook’s Last Stand” sold out it’s run at Park Theatre and was nominated for four off-west awards. “The Etienne Sisters” premiered at Theatre Royal Stratford East and is being adapted for Television. His short film “Lil Benny” was the winner of the Uptown Film Fest Trailblazer Award and also won Best Lead Actress.
Ché has directed over thirty professional stage plays, acted in over twenty television episodes. He has taught Acting Technique at Rada since 2003 and serves on Rada’s Audition Panel. He has taught Drama at WacArts since 1992.
Kevin Mark-Trail was born in the UK to Jamaican parents and has been travelling the world since 2003, as a singer, MC and producer. He draws his musical influences from Hip Hop, Electronica, Reggae folk, Indie, Rock, jazz, world music– in short, anywhere. “My music reflects what I’ve heard and seen”. His first album Just Living was released to wide critical acclaim in 2005. His album success established him as a well-respected artist in the industry and won him a huge online fan base.