Let’s Get Creating Again!

Rehearsal of Box Chicken by Max KatzAs theatres start to reopen, we’re running some new workshops online and in-person at the Jack Studio.

Fun, creative and accessible, they aim to get us reconnecting and creating again. We hope you will come and join us if you want to brush up on some skills or try out something new.

All workshops are run by experienced theatre professionals, and have a maximum of 8 participants, so early booking is advised

Workshops are for 18+ and £5 each (no booking fee)

Workshop times vary, so please check the time for your workshop when booking

Workshops in-person will be run in line with current government regulations (more info on booking and below).

We look forward to seeing you there!

Workshops are supported by the Culture Recovery Fund.

What have you got to say?

We’re delighted to bring back this popular workshop.

In this creative workshop, you will complete some writing exercises, get helpful tips on developing your characters and by the end have a better idea of your voice and the stories you want to tell.

Chantelle Dusette is a writer and performer.

From 2018–2019 Chantelle completed both new writing and story development programmes at The Criterion Theatre Piccadilly. Her play “CLICK” made the final for the Off Cut Festival in Manchester, 53Two in 2019 and her latest piece “EV(E)OLUTION made the Alfred Fagon longlist for play of the year in 2020.

Chantelle is an Associate Artist with Bruised Sky Productions and is represented by Peter MacFarlane, MacFarlane Chard Associates.

Date: Saturday 12th June
Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm
Where: ONLINE
Cost: £5

To book please click here

Who me, a producer?

What does it mean to self-produce? This workshop explores what it means to be the most organised person on a creative project, which usually means you end up “producing”.

The workshop unpacks producing and project management in independent sector theatre from the point of view of an actor-playwright turned producer. It looks at demystifying public funding models, explores how to write a clear financial narrative for your work, encourages you to think about planning and evaluation, and engages you in practical and generative creative exercises to get to the heart of a project. Producers are the cornerstone of theatre but when you first start producing it can feel a lot like we’re making it up as we go along. This is a workshop to share resources, anxieties, and successes.

Iskandar R. bin Sharazuddin is an award-winning BESEA playwright, educator and producer. He is the co-artistic director of Ellandar Productions and the Communities Associate at Headlong Theatre. He has produced new writing for the past decade and has developed from conception to final production full-length plays, cross-platform performance art, dance theatre, and community projects with his own and other leading theatre companies in Australia and the United Kingdom. He approaches producing from a creative perspective as a theatre artist, understanding the importance of what it means to self-generate work.

“If you’re not invited to the party, throw your own” – Diahann Carroll 

Iskandar is interested in sustainable and accessible approaches to producing new theatre and what it means to co-author work with communities. Through Ellandar he focuses on BESEA, British Muslim, and female-led narratives. He has produced work in the independent sector and fringe theatre, subsidised theatre, and on tour nationally and internationally.

Date: Saturday 19th June
Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm
Where: ONLINE
Cost: £5

To book please click here

Performing monologue

Have you been writing in isolation during lockdown? Are you now ready to explore a director’s process as to how your monologue could be handled for film and/or theatre?

This workshop offers an early-stage safe space for writers to reconnect safely and explore the power of your monologue, providing tools and insights to help participants truly tell their fullest story. This workshop looks to support writers in bringing Lockdown monologues to life from the director’s lens. Please bring along your monologue to the workshop, or once you have booked you can email it to us in advance.

Kwame Asiedu is a British-Ghanaian director whose work aims to challenge bravely. Challenge how you think and why you think what you think, overall disrupting kindly whatever that lens is to include empathy, truth and love. Previous work includes creating Chicken Burger ‘n’ Chips (Jack Studio) and Tales from the Frontline (Talawa) https://www.kwameasiedu.com/

Date: Saturday 26th June
Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm
Where: Jack Studio Theatre
Cost: £5

To book please click here

Getting our bodies work-ready

Movement Director and Choreographer Julia Cave leads a physical workshop based on the process of warming up and enabling your body to be work-ready for the rehearsal room.

From floor work to stretching, cardio to breath work, Julia leads the company to enable our bodies to be work-ready. Please wear comfortable movement clothes.

Julia Cave is a choreographer and movement director. Through a wealth of training and experience in working with a huge variety of performers, she has created a practice that empowers, connects and encourages creativity and freedom.

Theatre credits include The Tempest (Jermyn St/Bath Theatre Royal); Treasure Island (Bolton Octagon); Pride and Prejudice, Goodnight Mr Tom, Treasure Island, Our Day Out and numerous pantomimes (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds); Pictures of Dorian Gray (Stephen Joseph/Jermyn St/Creation Theatre); Paperboy (Lyric Theatre, Belfast); Wizard of Oz (Salisbury Playhouse); Nell Gwynn and The Winters Tale (Changeling Theatre); Lord of The Flies (Greenwich Theatre); Infinite Joy (Southwark Playhouse); Northanger Abbey (UK Tour); The Picture of Dorian Gray (English Theatre Frankfurt) Stig of the Dump (UK Tour and Arts Theatre, West End). www.juliacave.co.uk

Date: Saturday 26th June
Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Where: Jack Studio Theatre
Cost: £5

To book please click here

Ensemble play

This workshop offers actors a chance to play, explore, reconnect and communicate as an ensemble, telling the story together.

Suitable for actors returning to stage work who want to re-engage physically with text, ensemble/company work and themselves. The workshop will be physical so please do wear comfortable movement clothes and bring bottled water.

Ricky Dukes is an award-winning theatre director and Artistic Director of Lazarus Theatre Company.

His ensemble and text-based approach empowers actors to work collaboratively, using the text as a springboard to inspire and inform acting choices and characterisation.

Date: Sunday 27th June
Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm
Where: Jack Studio Theatre
Cost: £5

To book please click here

Working the text

Award-winning Director and Artistic Director of Lazarus Theatre Company practically shares his process on how to bring early modern text off the page and up on to the stage. Suitable for performers as we get back to rehearsals now.

Ricky Dukes is an award-winning theatre director and Artistic Director of Lazarus Theatre Company.

His ensemble and text-based approach empowers actors to work collaboratively, using the text as a springboard to inspire and inform acting choices and characterisation.

Date: Sunday 27th June
Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Where: Jack Studio Theatre
Cost: £5

To book please click here

Workshops at the Jack

Workshops in-person will be run in line with current government regulations.

Please read the following before booking. Thank you.

  • Each participant must scan the NHS QR code, using their NHS Covid-19 app, on arrival
  • We will ask to take your temperature
  • You will need to wear a face mask on entering the theatre, and when observing, and also at times during participation. The workshop leader will advise you
  • We will be maintaining social distancing in the workshop, which we ask you to adhere to
  • And please remember, at all times: do not visit the theatre if you are anyone in your household is unwell or displaying Covid-19 symptoms
  • If you are unable to attend refunds are available before the day the workshop is held
  • By purchasing a ticket you are agreeing to our current Covid secure measures
  • If you have any questions about our Covid secure measures, please contact The Jack Studio in advance of your visit