We make work about you, me and the world.  

We collect stories.

We share stories.

We enable people to tell stories, and to listen to stories. 


Our work enables people to express, connect, imagine, empathise and see everyday surroundings in a new light, creating a dialogue through difference - whatever that difference might be: age, body, economic, ethnic, political, religious.

Our work enables people to explore, celebrate and question commonality and differences; the past, present and future of themselves and the places they live and work.

Our work enables people to tell and listen to stories. 


why we do it


People feel increasingly disconnected from the places they live, and the people they live and work with. Our single aim is to address this issue by encouraging empathy and developing civic pride by creating a dialogue through difference. Through the power of storytelling we can create, contribute to and live in a healthier, happier and more progressive world.


How we do it

Our projects involve numerous and diverse participants. We work with people from all sorts of different groups, organisations and companies.

Our projects have two stages... 

We take stock

We listen. We make workshops specifically suited to the needs of the groups we work with. These workshops create for participants the opportunity to imaginatively explore their relationship between each other, the place they live and the wider world, by sharing their own stories and listening to those of others.

"Participants developed a shared identity with others in the local and world wide community. There was a very liberating and creatively excellent follow up which was entertaining and there was freedom to experiment. 10/10."

Marian Laing, Head of Drama, Ursuline Academy

We exchange

We share what we've heard. We make performances specifically suited to the needs of the groups we work with that retell the stories we’ve heard, using traditional and experimental storytelling techniques, music and play.

"Participants got a lot out of hearing the other stories in the presentation session. It really got them thinking about things in a different way. They empathised with different groups of people that they previously judged. Some carers related to the stories, for others it changed their perception of Ilford and its people.”

Emma Smart, Young Adult Carers Manager, Redbridge Carers Support Service.

And we collaborate with community groups, corporations, charities, local authorities, funding bodies and buildings to make the work happen...

We rely on funding from local authorities, funding organisations and the generous support of other organisations and individuals. If you would like to find out more about supporting the work we do please click below. 

If you would like us to work with your group, a group you know, or in your area please get in touch. 


What PEOPLE say


"The story telling had depthanticipation and a real sense of excitement... A client’s comment was that he learnt a lot from the presentations as it was interesting, innovative and gave him a better mind set. He also said that he felt that you did a very good job in enlightening his life and hopefully he will be a better person” Sonia Lynch, Projects Manager, Welcome Centre• 

"... it sparked inspiration, discussion and thought within the group especially with regard to racism and perception... it was very effective, particularly listening to stories from others outside the group.  It brought up some unexpected discussions.  It was also fascinating to see how dynamics of different groups influence thinking and perception... people didn’t want to leave and the workshop could easily have gone on longer... I would love to work with take stock exchange again." Nina Simon, Library Service Manager and co-ordinator of Write Next Door

"Amazing and inspiring - I thought about Wanstead and my life. It was great" Student, Aldersbrook School

"I would recommend take stock exchange to other agencies unreservedly and I would welcome their return." Mick Parker, Projects Co-ordinator, The Woodbine Centre

"The session was effective where the group heard people’s experiences and their journey to Ilford. The group were able to see common ground with what people said and felt. The group collectively discussed what they liked about Ilford. The session did bond the group together.” Asiyah Ally, Volunteer Work Redbridge English Conversation Club

"It has made me value other people more..."It wasn't like any other workshop, it got every1 up, it was energetic, fun and no one wanted it to stop..."I have more confidence now..."I realised I do have a creative side "Ilford is so much more of an important place than we realise and this workshop showed this to us and everyone around" Participants


Who we are 


Nick Cassenbaum

Co-Artistic Director

Nick is a theatre maker who has lived in Redbridge all his life. All of his work asks audiences to think about how they engage with spaces, places and people. Aside from his work with take stock exchange, Nick has made work for the Royal Court, Soho Theatre and Jackson's Lane, written plays, written and performed solo work, made street performances and broadcast podcasts for the Guardian.

His latest solo show Bubble Schmeisis has sold out in various venues across London, at Summerhall at the Edinburgh Festival and will tour internationally in 2017.

He has an MA from Goldsmiths in writing for performance and is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme.

Olly Hawes

Co-Artistic Director

Olly makes performance, delivers workshops and works one-on-one with people.

His performance work combines storytelling, theatre and live art, explores how we connect with each other and the wider world and looks to create a conversation between people. He has worked with Arcola, The Bush, Camden People's Theatre, Fevered Sleep, Latitude, The National Theatre, The Old Vic, Pentabus, The Pleasance, The Watermill, The Young Vic, Zoo.

He also works with a variety of organisations - charities, corporations and education bodies - and individuals as a workshop facilitator and coach, and was a Clore Emerging Cultural Leader in 2016.


Our Collaborators

Joe Fleming - Musician  •  Danny Braverman - Theatre Maker  •  Femi Martin - Storyteller  •  Bethany Wells - Designer •  Martha Crawford - Academic  • Jane Nash & Dan Milne / Narrativ • Anna Lowenstein - Musician 




here are some of the ORGANISATIONS we work with

The Welcome Centre is a day centre for homeless people, offering support, activities and advice.
Ilford Ursuline High School is an all girls school in Ilford.
Redbridge Central Library and Museum is where many of the groups we work with meet. A place where we work during projects.
Redbridge Carers Support Service’s mission is to make a positive difference to the lives of unpaid carers in the diverse communities of Redbridge by providing them with a range of services, support and recognition.
Age UK Redbridge has been a partner since the beginning. We work with their day centres and more specific activity groups.
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One of our funders and partners from the very beginning, we work closely with Vision to create our projects. They support us by giving us time, space, advice and access to the Redbridge archive.