Following his cameo appearance in The Colour House Children’s Theatre
100th Production Peter Pan last year, Eastenders legend John Altman
now joins forces with the theatre as he becomes our first ever patron!
From the moment John Altman exploded onto our screens in 1985 as
‘Nasty’ Nick Cotton, uttering the infamous phrase ‘Alright, Ma?’ he
changed the face of TV villains for good. As one of EastEnders original
cast members, he is much admired for his role as the leather-jacket-wearing,
son of Dot Cotton and his time on the soap spanned thirty years.
Altman’s tell-all autobiography ‘In The Nick Of Time’ is available now!
Peter is the founder of The Colour House Theatre which he opened in 1995.
He has produced anddirected over 100 theatre productions and is the
Children’s theatre Artistic Director. Peter is also a creative designer
and has won many accoladesfor his work for the London Borough of Merton.
Peter is also an event organiser and has stagedmany events around London but
is probably bestknown for his for his annual two month arts festival, Abbeyfest.
Charlie Shakespeare begun his long affinity with The Colour House in
November 2011, when heplayed Aladdin in the Christmas pantomime,
his theatrical debut. As an actor he went on to star in a record setting
seven productions and fourconsecutive pantomimes, playing Scarecrow in
Wizard of Oz, Robin Hood, Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk and Prince Charming
in bothSleeping Beauty and Cinderella. Charlie became the in-house director,
taking the reins on five productions, and wrote the 2015-16 Season and our
100th production Peter Pan, which introduced the company to many innovative
changes. He now works behind the scenes as the theatre manager.
Outside of The Colour House, Charlie is an aspiring presenter and is most proud
of being the Master of Ceremonies at Mitcham Carnival for the past six years.
Linda is the resident writer for the Colour House
Children’s Theatre and Chair of the charity’s
management committee. This is her 14th children’s
musical production for the theatre. Linda has also
written twoadult shows for the Edinburgh Fringe and
seven shows for Merton’s Abbeyfest Theatre season.
Linda has her own company FLIPPIN ‘ECK CHILDREN’S
MUSICAL CIC which raises money for AIDS orphans in
ZImbabwe. She is an ex school teacher and local
councillor in Merton and a member of the
Mitcham Lavender Scribbler’s Writers
Phil Newman is the resident creative designer
for The Colour House Theatre. He is a creative
and versatile theatre practitioner, who has
designed Sets & Costumes for a variety of
theatre productions, encompassing drama, family
& children’s shows, comedy, dance, pantomime
and musicals as well as devised, interactive and
youth projects. These have ranged from small/
medium-scale tours (including open air) to
main house shows.
Geraldine is a local Merton councillor and has been
involved with Merton Abbey Mills and The Colour
House Theatre for ten years as is the founder member
of the Colour House Children’s Theatre Charity, which
has raised funds to improve the theatre building with
soundproofing and a new heating and ventilation system.
Geraldine also makes and provides all costumes of the
Morgan is currently studying performing arts at sixth form
and looks forward to breaking into the industry.
Paul is currently studying technical theatre
at Rose Bruford College.
Liam is currently studying technical theatre
at Rose Bruford College.
The Colour House Managers with The Mayor of Merton
Cllr Agatha Akyigyina and Siobhan McDonald MP at The House of Commons
The Colour House Manager Charlie Shakespeare with our recent special guests, Sir Derek Jacobi, Ian McDiarmid and Geoffrey Whitehead.
The Colour House Manager Charlie Shakespeare with our recent special guest, Sir Ian McKellen.