international, intersdisciplinary artists share expertise and write new works at toph. in partnership with Newcastle University. Supported by Arts Council England.


Lee PAtterson - September 2017

A phenomenal music mind, a compositional and improvisational wizard and genius instrument builder. Lee Patterson's public workshop held at Culture Lab, Newcastle University, proved very popular to students and local artists alike. Following a performance lecture in the studio, Lee lead a large group on a walk to record found objects and metal scaffolding, with a short stop at Exhibition Park to listen specifically to Water Boatmen insects in the lake.

Lee performed later that evening, a rare opportunity to see his improvisation, using his own microphones and instruments at TOPH to a packed and appreciative audience.

As part of Lee's residency, he worked with TOPH Collective and Swarm Front, discussing his previous approaches to collaborative composition in film scoring, working with graphic scores and facilitated a workshop which composed Swarm Front's riotous festival opening performance 'Development Hell' at TUSK 2018.

Luke Poot - November 2017

Brace yourself. 

Performer, composer, entertainer extraordinaire... not much else to say, more about taking part.


Luke Poot spent time developing a performance workshop and an alternative live performance at Newcastle University and TOPH.  Using dictaphones, CDs, mini discs, a shop till drawer and handmade attire, the bespoke performances of the unique and underestimated Poot never fail to inspire. Luke spent time developing ideas with TOPHC and working through ideas for a new theatre project in 2018. Thanks to Stuart Arnot for facilitating a question and answer session post-workshop.



Letitia Pleiades - Sep-Nov 2017

The marvellous Julia Scott aka Letitia Pleiades spent copious time working on improvisation, djing, vocals and composition with TOPHC and Mariam Rezaei. 

Julia's residency resulted in two remarkable performances at TUSK Fringe 2018 with Mariam as MJ and supporting Luke Poot with Mariam and Sue Fitzgerald.  

Julia's unique approach to performance and improvisation involves throrough research and development, which TOPHC have taken onboard, with plans to continue working with Julia in 2018 and onwards.

Catch Julia and Mariam performing together soon at GIF and Counterflows in April 2018.