Background - Writing - Directing - Acting - Teaching

Ché studied acting at the Webber Douglas Academy in London (1989-1992 graduating with Distinction) and at WAC (1998), and has worked with Edward Bond, Dennis Potter, Philip Ridley, Mark Ravenhill and Ricky Gervais, among others. His first play, Been So Long, premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 1998 and was runner-up for both the Meyer-Whitworth and the John Whitting Award before being translated and performed in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand and Australia. His play, Flesh Wound, premiered at the Royal Court in 2003 and won the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright.

Ché has taught acting at RADA, Central, E15 and the Arts Project for Socially Excluded Youth, he has been Head of Acting at the Weekend Arts College for over ten years. He has taught writing for the Royal Court Young Writers' Programme, in the Feltham Young Offenders' Institute, at the Centre Point Homeless Shelter, and for Hampstead Theatre Youth Project.

Writing

Ché has won the Peter Brook Award (Mark Marvin Rent Subsidy Award) for his plays Crazy Love and Burnt Up Love.

Ché’s musical version of Been So Long was a nominee for The Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2009.


THE ETIENNE SISTERS


KLOOK'S LAST STAND


THE LIGHTNING CHILD

in collaboration with Arthur Darvill
First performed at Shakespeare's Globe, London 2013

LOVESONG

in collaboration with Omar Lyefook MBE- English Touring Theatre/ Edinburgh/ National UK tour

BEEN SO LONG THE MUSICAL

in collaboration with Arthur Darvill- Young Vic Theatre 2009

THE 8TH

In collaboration with Paul Heaton

THE FRONTLINE

First published 2008, by Faber & Faber,
First performed at Shakespeare's Globe, London 2008
Shakespeare's Globe production directed by Matthew Dunster
Cast: Nana Agyei-Ampadu, Ben Bishop, Sally Bretton, Kellie Bright, Paul Copley, Peter Hamilton Dyer, Kurt Egyiawan, Huss Garbiya, Trystan Gravelle, Robert Gwylim, Fraser James, Danny Lee Wynter, Paul Lloyd, Kevork Malikyan, Jo Martin, Jodie McNee, Matthew Newtion, Ashley Rolfe, Golda Rosheuvel, Mo Sesay, John Stahl, Lorraine Stanley, Beru Tessama

CRAZY LOVE



FLESH WOUND

First published 2003, by Faber & Faber, ISBN 0-571-22128-9
First performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London 2003, then in Ireland
The Royal Court production directed by Wilson Milam
Cast: Tamzin Outhwaite, Andrew Tiernan and Michael Atwell

DANCE FOR ME

First performed at the Drayton Studio, London 2003

BEEN SO LONG


First published 1998, by Faber & Faber, ISBN 0-571-196500
First performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London 1998, then in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, New Zealand, with Workshops in New York and Los Angeles
Runner-up for the John Whiting Award 1998

CAR THIEVES
(Translation)
First performed at the National Theatre Studio, London


Theatre Direction


Fog,
Finborough Theatre 2012/UK National Tour/Park Theatre London 2013

His Greatness,
Finborough Theatre 2012

Little Baby Jesus
, Oval House 2011

Danny And The Deep Blue Sea,
Southwark Playhouse 2011

Estate Walls, The Oval House Theatre, London 2010

A Mouthful of Birds, RADA, London 2006

Balm in Gilead, RADA, London 2006

The Hot L Baltimore, The Corbett Theatre, London 2006

The Big Nickel, Soho Theatre, London 2005

Achidi J's Final Hours - Finborough Theatre, London 2004

Rootz Spectacular Box Dem - Belgrade Theatre, Coventry 2004

Etta Jenks - Webber Douglas Academy, Finborough Theatre, London 2004

Glory of Living - Oxford School of Drama, Oxford, 2004

A Prayer For Owen Meany - E15 Acting School, London 2004

Car Thieves - Workshop Performance Cottesloe National Theatre, London 2004

Whisper - Workshop Performance Royal Court Theatre, London 2004

Achidi J's Final Hours - Soho Theatre, London 2003

Dance For Me - Webber Douglas Academy, Finborough Theatre, London 2003

Mashup! - Central School of Speech and Drama, London 2003

Dance For Me - RADA new Writer's Programme, London 2003

In Walks Ed - Workshop Performance Old Vic Theatre, London 2002

Macbeth - Southwark Plahouse Educational Project, London 1999

The Unlocking - Interchange Studios, London 1995


Film Direction


Crocodile (short) 2006

As It Again (short) 2001

I knew you'd come back (short) 2000

Time is love (short) 1999


Acting

Television Appearances


Holby City
The Office
Eastenders (10 episodes)
The Bill (4 episodes)
Judge John Deeds
Edward Bond's Tuesday
Minder
The Vice
Madsen
Casualty
Holby City
Between The Lines
Rules of Engagement
Killing Time
Ruth Rendell mysteries
Little Napoleons
State of Affairs
Circus
Supply & Demand
Soldier Soldier
Dangerfield
Lovejoy
Beyond Bedlam
Lipstick on your Collar
Mouse in the Corner

Film Appearances

January the 2nd, directed by Matt Winn
Bedlam, directed by Vadim Jean
Circus, directed by Robert Walker
Kiss Kiss Band Bang, directed by Stuart Suggs

Theatre Appearances

Othello - Shakespeare's Globe, London 2007
Etta Jenks - Finborough Theatre, London 2005
Christmas - Bush Theatre, London 2004
Last Sortie - New End Theatre, London 2000
Sunshine - Southwark Playhouse, London 1999
Fly Me To The moon - Interchange Studios, London 1998
Danny And The Deep Blue Sea - Interchange Studios, London 1997
Home Truths - No. 1 Tours, UK, 1997
Biloxi Blues - Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury 1995
Wait Until Dark - Finborough Arms, London 1994
Old Rose - Glasgow Citizens Theatre, Glasgow 1993
Pitchfork Disney - Glasgow Citizens Theatre, Glasgow 1993
Teaching

Ché is a qualified Youth Worker with extensive experience in Youth Clubs in London's Camden area.
RADA

RADA Audition Panel Member 2007

RADA Shakespeare Summer School 2006

RADA Contemporary Drama Summer School 2006

RADA Contemporary Drama Summer School 2005
WAC

Head of Drama 1992-2003

Wonder WAC Drama Group for Teenagers with learning disabilities, London 1998
MASTERCLASSES

Masterclass, Switching On, Liverpool 2004

Meisner Technique Masterclass for Professional Actors, London 2003

Actor's Centre Masterclass, London 2003

Student quotes

I worked with Ché Walker during my final year of drama school and found his work to be exhilarating and compelling. Having never been introduced to the work of the practitioner Meisner I can honestly say that this approach to work has stayed with me since graduating and I have used this technique and approach as a foundation for all my work since. I would recommend these workshops to anyone who is serious about acting as I strongly believe that the way in which Meisner is taught by Ché Walker contains the ingredients that all good actors need to make them the best actors that they can possibly be.....'All on you and nothing on me!' - Vivienne Acheampong

Ché Walker's Shakespeare classes helped me gain my place on the three year acting course at R.A.D.A. Since graduating I always workshop my most demanding auditions and roles with Ché. Mr Walker uses his knowledge, passion and sensitivity for truth and dramatic dynamism to get the most out an actor in preparation. - Phoebe Whyte

Ché has an eye for detail and is also very passionate about his craft. Not only does he build confidence in you as an actor he also gives you the opportunity to explore and develop your character. - Natalie Orija

Ché is someone you trust. He has always been open, genuine and patient with me. As a result, he has given me the time I need to grow artistically. Whenever I have been in one of Ché's lessons I have always felt as if there is nothing I cant do if I put my everything into it. Most important of all, I always enjoy myself when I am working with Ché - Mona

There's point that you think its all over, you freak out, you throw a fit and declaim you will never act again, its at that point that Ché gets excited.

He introduced himself as the man that would change our lives. Ha! Then the bastard bloody did.

He gets into the knickers of a play

Ché takes the ego out of a room and replaces it with play.

I have never met such an offensive man, yet i have never felt offended. There lies the genius of Ché Walker.

Just when i thought it was all going to pot, Ché would say "now we're getting somewhere".

Where is the Ché Walker school of acting???

He's in it for everyone

He writes like a bitch