This is TL Life, your first-rate FOMO remedy and guide to what’s going on around Trinity Laban.




Black History Month gets under way

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Our new jazz vocal professor Cleveland Watkiss MBE got Black History Month off to a flying start with a Desert Island Discs session hosted by Chris Caine in KCC’s Theatre Studio. Here are a few of his essential favourites:

Frédéric Chopin: Prelude Op.28 No.20 in C Minor
Duke Ellington: Fleurette Africaine
Art Blakey: Pensativa
Burning Spear: Red, Gold and Green
Bobby McFerrin: Monks / The Shepherd

His desert island book is The Bible and his luxury item is a pair of Havaianas flip-flops.


We celebrated World Ballet Day on 2nd October



Meet the new Jazz Department staff

Head of Jazz Hans Koller is “absolutely thrilled to be able to welcome so many brilliant new members to our jazz family at Trinity Laban to help write and improvise the next chapter.”

Find out who they all are and hear what they do.


Over £130 raised for Macmillan Cancer Support!


Our BA3 MT students are all smiles with choreographer Philip Joel

For more Musical Theatre, don’t miss . . .


‘Best Of British’, a lunchtime celebration of British Musical Theatre composers, lyricists, arrangers and producers ranging from the late 1800s right through to the 21st Century. Expect well-known classics, sure to get you singing along, beside a few hidden gems you may not recognise. Featured shows will include Tell Me On A Sunday, The Mikado, The Lion King and Matilda.

THU 18 OCT 13.05h
St Alfege’s Church
Admission free, no ticket required




Preposterous Power Struggles

Gracefool Collective: This Really Is Too Much

Gracefool Collective will be performing the award-winning and provocative This Really is Too Much. This raucous, genre-busting performance combines dance with dark comedy to wrestle with gender, identity and social convention.

TUE 9 OCT 19.30h
Laban Theatre
TL student tickets: £6. Book here.


Tomorrow’s Stars Today is coming soon

The BA3 dancers will be performing a varied and experimental programme of pieces by renowned choreographers including Gary Lambert, Zoi Dimitriou and Struan Leslie. This is a great opportunity to catch future dance stars at the start of their careers.

THU 18 & FRI 19 OCT 19.30h
Laban Theatre
£6 (£4)


Walk into the hidden history of Greenwich

Award-winning community organisation Black History Walks is running 2-hour guided tours of Greenwich and Deptford for TL students and staff to discover hundreds of years of hidden history of the African presence and contribution to local life. Don’t worry if you missed out on the first walk – there’s still time to book onto the second.

TUE 16 OCT 12.00h-14.00h
Places are limited and offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Email Nicola at n.tagoe@trinitylaban.ac.uk to book.




Share your vision for the future of dance

Scientists and futurists agree that we will see more innovation in the next 20 years than in the whole of the 20th Century. So what does the future hold for dance and the arts and how can we survive and thrive in the decades to come? Join the Dance Umbrella discussion at Siobhan Davies Studios near Elephant and Castle.

TUE 9 OCT 19.30h
Siobhan Davies Studios
More information and book your place


One for fans of Rossini

To open the Fan Museum’s new Rossini-themed exhibition of 19th Century fans and fan-making, there will be a coffee concert of tenor and soprano arias and duets.

SAT 13 OCT 11.00h
The Fan Museum, Greenwich
£15 includes concert and guided tour of the new exhibition
Book now




Following a sold-out show at Barbican OpenFest 2018 and LSO St Luke’s, HUH features some of the most exciting voices from the UK’s contemporary music and spoken word scenes including our own composition tutor Errollyn Wallen and alumnus Ayanna Witter-Johnson. Seamlessly crossing new music, poetry, animation, song and rap, HUH looks at movement and identity through rhythm and rhyme.

SUN 21 OCT 15.00h
The Albany, Deptford
More information and booking


Human Stories: Another England

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NOW Gallery on Greenwich Peninsula is giving an exhibition of photographs surveying historical and contemporary narratives in Black and Asian Heritage in England. Weaving together common threads of love, life and social shifts in modern history with research generated by Historic England’s  Mapping 100 Years of Black and Asian History project.

Mon – Fri  10.00h – 19.00h,   Sat – Sun  11.00h – 16.00h
Free Admission, more information




Discover the Greenwich art scene

Greenwich Open Studios is showing a wide and glowing variety of paintings, prints, photos and drawings in “a mini Royal Academy Summer Exhibition”.

MON 1 – SUN 14 OCT
Mon – Fri  09.30h – 17.30h,   Sat – Sun  12.00h – 18.00h
Greenwich Open Studios
More information


Try out your vocal stylings at an open mic near you

Whether you’re a seasoned crooner or une voix debutante, Greenwich and Deptford’s open mic nights are the perfect way to share your music and keep an ear to the pulse of local talent.

The Birds Nest, Deptford
Open Mic every Wednesday from 19.00h – play for a pint
Hip Hop Open Mic “Higher Learning” every first Sunday of the month from 19.00h

The Royal Standard, Blackheath
Wednesday Night Jam Sessions and Open Mic from 20.00h – electric piano available

The Spanish Galleon, Greenwich
Open Mic Wednesdays fortnightly from 19.00h – all kinds of singers and musicians welcome, covers and originals. Variety encouraged!


Wiggle your way to Deptford for Salsa

Ignite your Latin spirit on Monday and Wednesday evenings with classes from the London School of Salsa. No need to book, no need to bring a partner – just turn up and dance with the friendly crowd. Absolute beginners welcome.

Mondays and Wednesdays, upstairs at The Brookmill, Deptford
Beginners 19.30h, Improvers 20.30h, Dance Social 21.45h
£10 for the night, includes a drink
For more information, email lee@londonsalsascene.co.uk


Swingin’ South-East

Ever wanted to learn the Charleston? The Foxtrot? The Lindy Hop? Head to the Fox and Firkin in Lewisham on Tuesday evenings for Swing Patrol.

Beginners 19.15h, Improvers 20.15h
£10 for one class, £15 for both
More information


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