About Us

CentrE17 theatre @ 1 Church Hill E17 is….

Video shot and edited by Melissa Troiani
We are very sad to say that we have to close.
The venue was flooded in August 2019 and was unable to recover from the damage and subsequent flooding.
It has been an amazing 2 years, with many memorable performances and events.
Thank you for all your support. 
This is just a pause, not an end. We will be back in a new space soon.
The CentrE17 Team



Based in Central Walthamstow – With an eclectic mix of theatre, dance and performance each month will pull together the best from Waltham Forest and beyond.



The CentrE17 is committed to community engagement. Whether it is through our Time Bank scheme that allows acts, artists and companies the opportunity to give back to our community while performing at the venue or through our Pay it Forward programme  that gives time in the venue for free to community projects. We believe in accessible performance for all and our ticket pricing reflects that as does our community participation projects.


CentrE17 is run by dedicated members of the Walthamstow and Waltham Forest community.

Artistic Director
Max Peters

Founder and Creative Director Max Peters –  Creative Director of the Walthamstow Community Production since 2015 and before that a Co Director of the Telegraph Hill Arts festival and community production since 2002. Max is a digital and business strategist and up until 2017 had been  running a Digital Creative and Marketing agency for over 11 years employing over 35 people, as well as running numerous theatre and music projects in his spare time. He is uniquely qualified to run this project, which he has developed since its inception.

Producer and Programmer
Ursula Early

Ursula Early is a theatre producer, practitioner and actress. Ursula trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

She is the Producer and Programmer for CentrE17, she is also a Production Coordinator for Commercial West-End and international touring theatre Production Company: Glynis Henderson Productions (Producers of STOMP among many other productions).

Ursula is the Artistic Director and Producer of Big Bear Theatre Company and has produced or directed all productions including: ‘Desdemona: a play about a handkerchief’ (Park Theatre); Laugh Your Farce Off a regular night of new farces (Pleasance Theatre London and Edinburgh); Arts Council funded UK tour of Georgian farce A Bold Stroke For a Husband and Double Indignity (Bridewell Theatre).

Ursula is an experienced workshop leader and facilitator and has designed and delivered an extensive range of acting and drama workshops for theatre companies and Drama Schools. She has Level 3 OCNLR Accredited  Diploma in Leading Dance for Older People (course provided by Green Candle Dance Company. She is also currently on the professional development faculty of Dance Research Studio and teaches on their Professional Development Programme.


Associate Director
Ruth Peters

Associate Director
Chrissy Baxter

The CentrE17 is a Community Interest Company (CIC), this means that any profit we make goes back into the company and has to benefit the community.
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