John Doona

It is with great sadness that we share the sad news of the passing of our friend and colleague, John Doona.

John worked with Peshkar in 2008 on our production of ‘Siege’ by Tajinder Singh Hayer, which he directed for a cast of young people from Oldham, Manchester and Cheshire, where he was the advisory teacher for Drama.

Claire’s postcard from Brazil #newbeginnings

Trapped. On a crammed bus, between two hysterical, bra-less transvestites, a blind sweet seller and a very hairy man in speedos. This is not the start of an un-pc joke but my first experience of Salvador Bahia. My name is Claire and im a 31 year old Arts Manager and dancer from deepest, darkest Oldham. (England) I have come alone to Salvador, Bahia for 5 weeks to begin a journey of artistic discovery.

Happy new year and welcome to our new website!

We are delighted to present to you redesigned web presence designed to make your visit and navigating experience much simpler.  As well as our front page latest news blog, there are easy to find links to our social networks and ways you can get involved.

Hidden Heroines

In mid June, Peshkar held the third in a series of events under the ‘Hideout’ banner at the People’s History Museum in Manchester. Entitled ‘Hidden Heroines’ the evening explored issues facing young women often in the margins of society and how organisations such as Peshkar can help support them through culture to make a change in their lives for the better.

Tell us your best and worst arts experience at school…

At our Go 4 Gold event in December, we asked people to:
“Tell us your best and worst arts experience at school”

We didn’t discriminate. We merely asked people to respond to the question as honestly as they could and share their memories on post-it notes…


On 5th December 2012 a group of over 50 people assembled in the auditorium of the University Campus Oldham to debate issues and share knowledge around the current and potential opportunities for young people to access the arts….

Cultural Apartheid…

Back in the early part of 2011, I attended a conference entitled ‘What Next’ at the Young Vic in London, aimed at raising debate around the proposed cuts to public spending and what implications they would have for the arts in general, and more specifically, to certain sub groups within the sector.

Working in the margins

My old school recently celebrated 40 years of Comprehensive Education and I had the pleasure and privilege of being invited back as one of their old alumni to give out awards for achievement in the field of the performing arts. The fact that I became one of the chosen few, was, in the main, due to the fact that I had done some partner working with the retiring assistant head teacher who had organised the celebration.

Culture saves lives

I attended a celebration event that praised the endeavours of a group of young people from a Youth Inclusion Project in Oldham that have been working with Peshkar artists on a digital theatre project that raised awareness of the problems of gun, gang and knife crime.