Let’s Get Creating Again!

Rehearsal of Box Chicken by Max KatzAs theatres started to reopen in June 2021, we ran some new workshops online and in-person at the Jack Studio.

Fun, creative and accessible, they aimed to get us reconnecting and creating again, whether it was to brush up on some skills or try out something new.

Thank you to our workshop leaders and everyone who attended!

The workshops were supported by the Culture Recovery Fund.

Getting our bodies work-ready

Movement Director and Choreographer Julia Cave led 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 led the company to enable our bodies to be work-ready.

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

Who me, a producer?

This workshop unpacked producing and project management in independent sector theatre from the point of view of an actor-playwright turned producer. It looked at demystifying public funding models, explored how to write a clear financial narrative for your work, encouraged you to think about planning and evaluation and engaged you in practical and generative creative exercises to get to the heart of a project. This was 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.

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.

What have you got to say?

We were delighted to bring back this popular creative workshop, where participants completed some writing exercises, got helpful tips on developing their characters and by the end had a better idea of their voice and the stories they 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.

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 offered 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 looked to support writers in bringing lockdown monologues to life from the director’s lens.

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/

Ensemble play

This workshop offered actors a chance to play, explore, reconnect and communicate as an ensemble, telling the story together. It was suitable for actors returning to stage work who wanted to re-engage physically with text, ensemble/company work and themselves.

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.

Working the text

Award-winning director and Artistic Director of Lazarus Theatre Company practically shared his process on how to bring early modern text off the page and up on to the stage.

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.