St Patricks College is in Partnership with Theatre Troupe.
Theatre Troupe is an alternative creative community that helps to improve the lives of young people, who experience emotional and social difficulties and mental health problems.
they use theatre and other art forms in community settings in South London to create work with 9 to 19 year olds, who experience acute and complex mental health problems and often find it difficult to participate in mainstream group activities.
How It All Started
Theatre Troupe was co-founded in February 2015 by community theatre practitioners Emily Hunka and Natasha Bergg.
Since graduating from the MA Applied Theatre programme at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama (RCSSD) in 2011, Natasha has designed and delivered theatre and creative arts projects with young people aged 7 to 18, both across the UK and internationally.
Since 2013, in partnership with The Egyptian Theatre, Park City, she has developed a specialist model of work, Connect, Play, Create! (CPC!), which uses improvisation, physical theatre and clowning to work with marginalised young people in southern Utah, USA.
In addition to her work at Theatre Troupe, Natasha delivers a range of workshops as a freelance community theatre practitioner and is part of the creative team at Big Wheel Theatre Company, designing and delivering interactive workshops for schools across Europe and the UK, and adult training courses and masterclasses for clients such as the NHS.
Natasha is also a visiting lecturer at RCSSD and has previously worked across various departments at the BBC.
Emily is an experienced playwright and theatre facilitator. She was previously Associate Director at GLYPT and researched, designed and produced GLYPT’s WHATEVER Makes You Happy Project. She is basing her PhD research at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) on Theatre Troupe’s work.
Emily also worked as Performing Arts Director for Mind In Harrow 2011-2013, producing two plays about mental health experiences, devised and performed by adult mental health service users from diverse ethnic backgrounds, including a special project with the Somali community.
Previous to her work in mental health, she worked for over a decade creating and delivering arts programmes with young refugees, including starting a theatre charity, Rewrite, which uses drama and creative writing to empower young people from different backgrounds to challenge prejudice and injustice.