Who we are
The youth theatre is an innovative and experimental company, drawing young people from across Peterborough. A youth theatre with artistic ambition, it has created a supported environment for a young person to move between the stages of school and higher education and beyond. Young people who work with UROCK are committed to a high standard of quality and that has contributed to the high level of success
I am founder and Artistic Director of UROCK Theatre which has been built upon my knowledge and expertise of working in both education and the creative industries developing new educational models of intervention.I am a Creative facilitator trained in Breakthrough Creativity Synectics UK with many examples of providing creative staff development. I am an associate Artist/Producer for The Map Consortium delivering for the last 6 years to the Peterborough City Leadership Forum. I have led in house staff creative training for: Sacrewell Farm, Green Backyard, City College, The Peterborough City Public health team and the initial shared sessions between teachers & artists that led to the development of PHACE.
I was an Advanced Skills Performing Arts teacher in Secondary Schools for 30 years, as a consequence my network in Peterborough Schools is exemplary. I was a Creative Agent that enabled 2 city schools to successfully apply as National schools of Creativity and work with investment ongoing for 3 years. Both schools, Fulbridge Academy and West Town primary school benefitted from my regional arts experience as a broker of training and artists.
I was contemporary dance trained at Laban Art of Movement studio Surrey as part of my B.E.D training as a teacher. I have participated in many National Dance Teacher Association Dance courses over multiple years & have staged residencies with national Dance/Theatre Companies including Motionhouse, Gecko, Union dance & Jiving Lindy Hoppers. I am a board member of Indepen-dance Glasgow where my relationship has flourished since writing their educational strategy
Tom Fox is a theatre practitioner and director from Peterborough. His work crosses disciplines such as improvisation, movement and music. He is Artistic Director of Lamphouse Theatre Company, a new vibrant fringe theatre company, and Young Company Practitioner at Royal and Derngate Theatres, Northampton. Directing credits include Generation Zero (Theatre 503/Edinburgh Fringe); Remote and Ailie and the Alien (Royal National Theatre); Who Gives A Toss? and The Pet Shop (rehearsed reading; Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh); Priestgate Vaults (permanent installation), Treasure Island; Smoke and Mirrors Detective [Insert Name] and Peterborough: Theatre Uncut (Lamphouse Theatre Company); Somewhere in England, River Lane and Dark Earth (Assistant Director; Eastern Angles); Crap Dad (UROCK Company); Twelfth Night and Merchant of Venice (Mask Theatre); This is Peterborough, Mr and Mrs Musical (Key Theatre); Sleeping Beauty (The Garage, Norwich). Tom runs workshops in various schools and theatres across the country and is an associate at UROCK Creative.
Trained on the StoneCrabs Young Directors Scheme 2016/17 where I directed Wasted by Kate Tempest. Whilst working at Women & Theatre (Birmingham) and the Almeida Theatre, I shaped my process as a director working with a wide range of groups of young people and community groups. I regularly direct new writing nights across London, working closely with writers to develop new work and respond to the events of the time. With Eastern Angles I have assisted on The Fletton Railway Children and All Wrapped up in Westwood and I am directing the response piece Unwrapped with UROCK to be performed in October/November this year.
James Blake Butler
James is an actor-musician, composer, and sound designer based in Birmingham. He has recently finished a degree in music at the University of Manchester, where he specialised in classical guitar performance, and composition, and has since gone on to work with a number of companies across the country as both an actor, and a composer. As an actor, he has worked in a broad range of theatre, from regional family theatre to the international tour of Wholehog Theatre’s physical theatre adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke. He has written a number of scores for theatre, including work for the Birmingham Young REP, and Hotel Teatro, as well as having acted as sound designer for various projects in the last year. James has a great interest in the use of live sound in performance, using live generated music, soundscapes, foley, and various digital technologies throughout his work.
Other Artist Associates
Neil Paris SmithDance Theatre
Poppy Rowley Eastern Angles Associate