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Curious about entering the world of theatre-making? Want to try something new and different? Feel inspired and unleash your creativity with Let’s...

The Let’s… online workshops and masterclasses are open to everyone, no matter your experience level, these free sessions open up the world of theatre-making, and are run by expert theatre and performance professionals.

The first six workshops include three Young Company Taster sessions for young people aged 5–14, and three early-career workshops covering different aspects of theatre-making.

Empowering You to Claim Theatre Spaces - Workshop led by Akiya Henry & Martina Laird
24 & 26 February

Statistics show that whilst greater numbers of women embark on careers as theatre directors, the figures are very soon reversed in favour of men. The reasons for this may reflect very practical circumstances but it also reveals a bias within the industry. These two workshops seek to help address this by working with both emerging and established female-identifying directors to develop their sense of authority.

Today’s workshop will look at the dynamic of the rehearsal space: the relationship between actors and directors, communicating and developing a vision, and creating an individual voice. Future workshops will look at the place of the female-identifying director within the wider industry.

All stages will be female-led for female-identifying participants. We recognise that whilst united by gender definition, our experiences within that are influenced by varying factors. These workshops will offer the opportunity of a safe space to cultivate strength through our differences and personal truths. Our goal is to empower female-identifying directors to challenge the imbalance of representation and to be the change we want to see. 

This workshop is for black female/female-identifying theatre makers only. Places are limited on these workshops and it is important that you attend both. To apply, email here: getinvolved@bristololdvic.org.uk. Include a couple of sentences (in any format – written, recorded or filmed) about why you would like to be involved. Deadline for applying is Thu 18 Feb. We will let you know shortly afterwards if you have a space.

Time:
6.00pm

Free (+ donations) 

 

Dressing Up & Creating Characters (ages 5–7) - Workshop led by Maisie Newman & Emma Hughes
27 February

Be inspired by the everyday objects and garments around your home and learn how to create characters fit for the stage, in this exciting Young Company Taster session exploring character through dress up!

In this workshop, you will create and develop a character through fun, interactive activities that will spark your imagination and begin to reveal the character behind the costume. Discover their thoughts, feelings and backstory, and how they interact with others!

Come along and join us online to dress up, play games and discover the wild and wonderful characters that you can create.

Time:
11:30am

SOLD OUT

 

Introduction to Drag & Cabaret Performance - Workshop led by Celine Lowenthal & Pecs Drag Kings
5 March

Join Celine Lowenthal, Artistic Director of acclaimed drag company Pecs Drag Kings, to explore the glittery and glamorous arts of Drag and Cabaret. Take a whirlwind tour of Drag Kings, Queens, Creatures & Things, begin to develop your very own drag persona from the ground up, and dip your toe into the many wondrous performance styles that make up the rich world of Cabaret.

Open to all ages 14+, for performers and non-performers alike, any level of experience welcome.

Free (+ donations) 

Time:
6:00pm

 

Dressing Up & Creating Characters (ages 8–10) - Workshop led by Maisie Newman & Emma Hughes
6 March

Be inspired by the everyday objects and garments around your home and learn how to create characters fit for the stage, in this exciting Young Company Taster session exploring character through dress up!

In this workshop, you will create and develop a character through fun, interactive activities that will spark your imagination and begin to reveal the character behind the costume. Discover their thoughts, feelings and backstory, and how they interact with others!

Free (+ donations) 

Time:
3:30pm

 

How to Build a Design-led Rehearsal Process - Workshop led by Maisie Newman & Anna Orton
12 March

How can performance truly use design as a central part of the process of making, one that leads the investigation into text, movement and storytelling?

Anna is a performance designer and Maisie is a theatre director, and both have a background in Fine Art. As they start to work together they approach what this design-led rehearsal process could look like. Join them for an open workshop discussion to think through potential routes into making performance that are led by design.

Topics will include: Starting points for design-led making; the hierarchies of creative roles in a rehearsal process and its discouragement of skill sharing; space and architecture; and practical exercises that may encourage different routes into generating or devising material.

For Directors, Designers and Theatre Makers

Time:
6:00pm

SOLD OUT

 

Dressing Up & Creating Characters (ages 11–14) - Workshop led by Maisie Newman & Emma Hughes
20 March

Be inspired by the everyday objects and garments around your home and learn how to create characters fit for the stage, in this exciting Young Company Taster session exploring character through dress up!

In this workshop, you will create and develop a character through fun, interactive activities that will spark your imagination and begin to reveal the character behind the costume. Discover their thoughts, feelings and backstory, and how they interact with others!

Come along and join us online to dress up, play games and discover the wild and wonderful characters that you can create.

Free (+ donations) 

Time:
10:30am

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How to Build a Design-led Rehearsal Process (12 Mar 2021)
Dressing Up & Creating Characters (ages 11–14) (20 Mar 2021)
The above times should be used as an indicator during the recovery phase from the global pandemic.

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