Who is Charmaine Bourton?
Charmaine Bourton is a Qultura trustee who in 2019 developed the now popular ROSE Community Library at the Qultura Core project and is also a director at Qultura Fringe, where she is also in charge of developing drama workshops for children and young adults living in the local community of Battersea and Nine Elms. These will be workshops given for free and based at the ROSE Community Centre in Ascalon Street in Nine Elms.
Charmaine is a retired librarian, a highly experienced professional actress, a model, and a specialist in role play and teaching drama to young minds. For many years she worked at the main library in Bromley, Kent and then when she took early retirement she went to work at a school for children with special needs in Kingsbury, near Wembley developing drama workshops and role play.
Stage and screen
Charmaine is also a highly experienced natural actress who specializes in role play and who has appeared on television, in theatre and run drama workshops for many years. She has appeared on such programmes as Juke Box Jury, The Time The Place, she has featured in television commercials for Vodafone, and has appeared in many stage productions, recently appearing at both the Edinburgh Fringe and also at the Brighton Fringe Festival, where she played the lead role in a play titled 'Coma'.
She has also many years of experience of developing drama workshops in the local community working with different people and sections of the community. She has also been involved in art, for example taking part in a maskwork project and work as a portrait model for Adult Education Centres, U3A and other art clubs
Charmaine lives in Croydon with her husband Rob and two children and does a lot of work in theatre and drama workshops.
Qultura Fringe is being developed as the new gateway to the performing arts in South London where you can enter the performing arts and the entertainment industry free of charge on the basis of nothing more than your own commitment, creativity and involvement in the community. Drama workshops and productions are planned and we are putting together a proposal to draw the local community in Battersea and Nine Elms together through our community library, Qultura Fringe and other projects.
Prior to lockdown it was arranged that Qultura would provide drama workshops for free at the ROSE through Qultura Fringe at the ROSE Community Centre in Nine Elms. Currently there is nothing developed in the community for local children and young people and it is intended that Charmaine will develop drama workshops for children and young adults at the ROSE.
Additionally Charmaine has agreed to become a stage director at Qultura Fringe and it is planned that she will direct my comedies, such as Cabbages, for productions to be staged at Circle Village West and also at The Duchess Belle pub opposite Battersea Power Station.
The ROSE community library
Charmaine also runs the ROSE community library and is still seeking a couple of volunteers who live locally to the ROSE Community Centre to help maintain the library when the ROSE reopens after lockdown. The role isn't that difficult and only needs an hour or two once or twice a week. If you are interested you can contact Charmaine below.