The Eulogy of Toby Peach

What do you do in your Coney hat?

I’m Associate Director of our Young People & Families programme here at Coney. This means I am normally found working with our resident group of young makers, the Young Coneys, or makings bits for young people that are landing in places we are collaborating with. I’ve had the pleasure of making pieces that have landed in National Trust grounds, inside Alexandra Palace and arrived in mysterious boxes in schools across the UK.

What other hats do you wear?

I’m a Maker in many guises away from Coney, most commonly as a Director and Performer. I run a CIC called Beyond Arts that uses arts projects to work for and with young people who’ve experienced cancer to develop the cancer narrative in the UK – we’ve made interactive digital stories for children’s hospitals, participatory theatre show and podcasts. I wear my Creative Climate Leader hat with pride too; it means I regularly explore the impacts of the climate crisis in my work.

What excites you most about Coney?

I’ve been with Coney for many moons now and have always been excited by the power of play and how we can use that to work well with communities we engage with. I’m excited about our next steps with our Young People & Families programme and how this will evolve over the next few years.

What’s your favourite game?

My favourite game changes regularly, as I love making up games with people, but recently I made a game with a group of peers called Fruit Kebab that was built together from bottle caps skimming across a table. It soon became a game with in-depth rules that involved the Lemon line of Truth, Banana Bonuses and a clash of the Mangoes, Pears and Oranges. | @tobypeach