About Us
About Applecart

We at Applecart believe that stories are potent and have the power to change, challenge and strengthen communities.

We work with a wide range of artistic disciplines – creating original music, film, visual art and drama. We combine this with our long-standing commitment to community engagement and a pursuit of artistic excellence.

We aim to reach across cultural divides and tell stories which engage, inspire and entertain our audiences.

Launched in 2008, the company began by telling stories to a regular monthly audience in a pub in Whitechapel, London. Since then Applecart has toured to various venues, pubs, theatres and universities around the country.

Applecart has also extended its storytelling into film, making numerous short films and documentaries.

Until recently the company was based in Tower Hamlets where we made our premises, The Old School Room, available to local artists who worked alongside us as we built community links and partnerships. Since January 2017 Applecart has been based at the Harold Road Community Centre in Upton Park. Read more about the Harold Road Centre here.

Our future remains true to our storytelling roots; searching for narratives across the arts, and championing voices that might otherwise be unheard or ignored.

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A community finds itself in the stories it tells, in the art it creates and the music it makes.
- Peter Moreton, Artistic Director
Our Work

Applecart’s early work includes over twenty original storytelling performances utilising drama, music, comedy and film. This work toured venues around the country.

Our largest project to date has been a non-didactic telling of Mark’s Gospel called ‘i am Mark’. This controversial production premiered at the Leicester Square Theatre before touring to fourteen venues across the length and breadth of the UK.

We recently completed a project working in partnership with the East London Community Land Trust and Linden Homes to collect stories from the local community, engaging with schools, local faiths groups and community centres, exploring themes of immigration and diversity. These stories, and the art that resulted from them, culminated in a visual art exhibition and the installation of two public artworks on the sight of the redeveloped St Clement’s Hospital in Bow.

Applecart’s Old School room continued to promote and encourage local musicians, storytellers and artists, promoting open days as a platform for new work. We were pleased to house the East End’s ‘Shuffle Festival’, curated by Danny Boyle, as it took it’s fledgling steps, and we later performed an original telling of Charles Dicken’s ‘The Chimes’ at their winter event in 2014.

A year later we filmed and released six short storytelling films which continue to reach audiences in over 150 countries worldwide.

Our latest project is a series of four documentaries, presented by a local spoken word artist and highlighting the hurdles faced by people living in poverty in the UK today.

In 2016 Applecart moved to new premises in Newham and opened Applecart Arts in early 2017.

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The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
- Pablo Picasso, Painter
Peter Moreton Artist Director

Peter has worked as an actor, director and producer for over twenty five years. He has performed in television, film and theatre, working for companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Cheek by Jowl, and the National Theatre. He co-founded Applecart in 2008. As a writer and composer his work has been performed in places as varied as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, St Paul’s Cathedral and The Kallang Theatre, Singapore.

Grace Acton Director of Operations and Project Manager

Grace has worked for a number of multi-disciplinary arts charities including Metal Culture Ltd, providing administrative support, project and finance management. Until recently she was Head of Programming for Visual Arts at the Greenbelt Arts Festival. She currently curates Applecart Arts visual arts programming.

Clarissa Widya Theatre Producer

Clarissa is a theatre producer who also runs Papergang Theatre, a company dedicated to East Asian stories of the Western diaspora. She has set up writing workshops, scratch nights and fringe performance; and has worked with the China Exchange,the Bush Theatre, The Rich Mix, Tristan Bates Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Clarissa is a great champion of inclusivity in the arts and is a participant in the AD Leadership, the Leaders of Tomorrow programme 2017-2019.



Joan Tardiel Centre Co-ordinator

Joan previously worked in the business sector as an HR Manager. Since then she has developed gained extensive experience in the administration and management of community activities. She has successfully developed partnerships with community organisations and undertaken outreach work through fundraising for local community based projects. Joan continues to oversee Applecart Arts’ community development work.

Saskia Osterloff Marketing and Sales Officer

Saskia graduated from the University of Surrey with a BA in Theatre and Performance in 2018. In 2016-17 she completed a placement year at Camden People’s Theatre as admin and marketing intern, working on a number of festivals and season programmes. Saskia acted as technical manager and DSM for Tales and Trails Children’s Theatre for their successful debut performance run at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Will Alder Associate Producer

Will is a Producer and Sound & Lighting Designer. His previous producing work includes the award winning Bobblehat: London’s First Live Advent Calendar, which saw 24 events presented in 24 different locations across December 2017, with 24 different artists. This included everything from a pop-up Santa’s Grotto in a Police cell to opera singing in the aisles of Sainsbury’s, working with all manner of different artists, from community groups to Olivier award winners; to present a top quality free festival that had a small surprise for everyone. He has also produced on behalf of Hat Fair (Winchester), National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, and consulted for many small theatre companies.

His lighting and sound designs have been to stages (and non-theatrical spaces) big and small across the UK and abroad, most notably at the Barbican, Bunker Theatre and in London’s West End.

Katherine Newman Associate Director

Katherine is a professional actress, writer and divisor. She has worked as a performer for over 15 years and runs the theatre company Boxing Rabbit. She recently wrote and performed the solo show ‘F**king Little Elf B*tch at Theatre N16 and Rosemary Branch Theatre to five star reviews. She runs workshops for professional actors on storytelling, devising and ensemble play as well as working extensively in theatre across the UK.


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Paul Regan (Chair)
Ron Smith (Secretary)
Hannah Roberts
Sabina Nizamuddin
Yasir Muraj
Louise Brown
Peter Powers
Christine Lee
Nigel Cowgill
George Luke
Adrian Pickett
Anastasiya Trayanova

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ShoutOut Festival 2019

ShoutOut is a festival of visual and performing arts calling out the violence and prejudice that many face on a daily basis. Applecart is accepting submissions from visual artists, performers, and musicians who have work relating to themes of youth crime, the sex trade, violence against women, gender, sexual or racial prejudice. Find out more


Applecart Arts is not just a venue providing rehearsal rooms, performance spaces and art studios. We also produce and encourage new work.

The team are keen to work with other creatives who are nurturing new ideas and developing innovative ways of working.

We’re always on the look out for ways in which we can support and encourage actors, directors, writers, visual artists, producers, musicians, spoken word artists and any other creatives to grow and develop.

Our theatre space offers an open invitation to producers hoping to engage with a wider audience. Our creative team is always happy to discuss whether our space is suitable for any variety of performance material. We prioritise work which addresses the troubled times we live in.

Art Studios
Applecart has a long-standing history of providing studio space for visual artists and creatives. We are always looking for ways to promote our resident artists, displaying art around the building and hosting open studio days.

Rehearsal Rooms
Our team have spent long enough in rehearsal rooms to know the kind of support visiting companies need. We work hard to make sure our rehearsal spaces are affordable and comfortable. Read more

Applecart’s café is a community hub which hosts, spoken word, comedy, music and regular social events. We also offer opportunities to meet and talk with the creative team, to suggest new ideas. Read more

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Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
- George Bernard Shaw
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E13 0SE

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Applecart Arts is a non- profit making organisation. All of our income goes back into programming exciting work and encouraging innovative creatives. We need all the help we can get and there are many ways you can support help us continue to provide a venue which listens to the community it serves.


There’s always something for someone to do at Applecart Arts. There are opportunities to help us on reception, in the café, in the front of house and in our marketing department. We also regularly need help decorating, maintaining and upgrading our building. If you’d like to get involved then please email us, we’d love to hear from you.

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