We offer several creative and educational workshops, some of which are designed to enhance or expand upon your experience of watching certain of our productions, for example the general Macbeth or Secret Storytellers workshops (mentioned on each of their specific pages). Others can either be presented as part of a longer visit, together with any production of your choice, or as standalone events and team-building exercises.
If you are unsure which option to go for, please get in touch and we will be happy to advise. Prices vary, depending on the specific workshops chosen, whether or not they are booked as part of a larger package, and the number of participants etc. Each enquiry therefore results in an individual quotation, with discounts offered for school visits.
An Introduction to Stage Combat
(Suitable for all levels of fitness and agility)
Bloody, brutal and violent – at least for the audience! Stage combat is the art of illusion, and in this workshop we’re going to pull back the curtain for you. Perfect for team-building and creating trust, together you will learn how to sell a punch, slap, or fall, ready to amaze or horrify your colleagues!
For school groups and drama students, we will also spend some time focusing on the reason for each moment of violence – why it happens and what it achieves. Physical combat often occurs when emotions run so high that words are no longer enough and these climactic moments offer deep insights into characters. Why does Mercutio say Tybalt “fights by the book of arithmetic”? If you want to find out – and learn to do the same yourself – then this is the workshop for you.
An Introduction to Playwriting
Do you have an idea for a script you’d like to write but no certainty as to where to start? Or would you like to pen a play but you’re not sure what you want to write about? Let us guide you through those first steps, helping you to find or firm up your ideas, create an outline, and look at character, motivation and dialogue. By the end of this workshop you will have written your first scene, heard it performed out loud, and possess the necessary tools to complete the script in your own time.
Creating a Character
Creating a believable, fully-rounded character is key to delivering a great performance and raising the overall standard of any production. This workshop, a mixture of theory and practical exercises, will give you a number of different tools with which to do just that. All you need is a notebook and pen, comfortable clothes to move in, and a willingness to explore new ideas!
Improvisation & Drama Games
Participation in theatrical activities offers huge advantages – everything from an increase in confidence and the chance to uncover and explore new talents, to the benefits to mental health and wellbeing that come from the teamwork involved, the friendships forged, and the simple chance to focus on something other than exam results and essays or spreadsheets and reports for a short while. This relaxed and entertaining drama workshop, an excellent team-building exercise, can be tailored to suit particular ages and numbers of participants.
~ Other workshops – including AN INTRODUCTION TO DIRECTING – will be available soon…