All Events

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Tue 10th Dec - 2:30pm
Meeting Room
3 hours
FREE (closed to non-members)
Level: All
Suitable for: Writers/ Theatre-Makers

Have you got a script in the making that you could do with hearing read aloud but in a private space? Send a summary of the play using the online form and we’ll do a shout out for whoever's available to get around a table and offer their voices and feedback. This is not a formal read through and actors will be cast purely on their willingness to help and their availability i.e. a young man may end up playing an old lady for the afternoon and vice versa!

This session aims to help writers to develop their script by taking it off the page in a safe environment with no pressure of outside eyes, just friendly helpers. You send us what you've got, and we'll provide space and printing.

We can only work on one script per session, and scripts will be selected with a focus on offering a variety of voices, stories and characters. We do not require the full script, just a summary of the play and an idea of where you're up to. This will be an on-going event with plenty of chances to take part throughout the year.

Deadline for script summaries: Tuesday 3 December

The event is also open to other playwrights to come and help out and feedback, just email creative@tron.co.uk if you’d like to come along.


with Lou Brodie
Mon 16th Dec - 2:30pm
Education Suite
3 hours
Non Members 30
Members 15
Level: All
Suitable for: All

An afternoon of practical exploration and discussion around facilitating creative processes and workshops. Using a number of exercises and conventions, examples of world leading best practice and group discussion participants will have the opportunity to understand how they can apply their own arts practice in various context with a variety of people.

Leave with an understanding of practice in participation Learn tools and approaches to designing and facilitating creative processes.

Lou Brodie is an applied artist, performance maker and project manager based in Scotland. Through an artistic process rooted in social practice and conviviality Lou produces idiosyncratic art works and events in collaboration with communities, people and place. Graduating with a BA(Hons) in Contemporary Theatre Practice, from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Lou has designed and delivered work with national and international companies and artists including; Visible Fictions, Tramway Glasgow, Lyra Theatre, Platform Glasgow, Imaginate and the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, Mammalian Diving Reflex, Nic Green, Southbank Centre, The WOW Foundation, Perth Theatre and The Touring Network.


with Sandy Thomson (Creative Entrepreneurs' Club)
Mon 13th Jan - 2:30pm
Victorian Bar
2 hours 30 minutes
Non Members 30
Members 15
Level: 1 - Beginner & 2 - Intermediate
Suitable for: All

Offered in collaboration with Creative Entrepreneurs’ Club

Doing what you do may not be easy, but at least it’s what you love. Telling others about what you do is a whole other kettle of scorpions. Are we being too vague, too specific, too weird, too internal, too wonderful, too jargon riddled? What do they want to know?

No one enjoys writing about what they do, but after this highly interactive, hands-on Creative Entrepreneurs’ Club workshop, you’ll know how best to approach every kind of application or proposal you’ll encounter without wanting to cry. Over the course of this session, you will learn how to analyse each document to extract the key information, understand the audience (whether that be funder, audience, collaborator or venue – whoever you are trying on entice about your work) and determine the appropriate voice, tone, language to respond to it effectively.

Bring with you

  • Anything you’re currently working on

  • Any existing materials

  • Writing materials or laptops to write with on the day

Takeaways

  • Learn how to decode applications and open calls 

  • Understand who each audience is and what they want

  • Develop multiple copy voices and understand the difference in each

  • Tips and tricks for communicating clearly and concisely

Who it’s for

  • Any creative person struggling to articulate themselves across marketing copy, funding applications, proposals and basically all the copy that’s not just the creative part

  • New Marketeers

  • New copywriters

  • New grantwriters

Theatre and filmmaker, Sandy Thomson has spent over 25 years writing applications, producing marketing copy and demystifying artist statements. Sandy is a passionate, animated, verbose enthusiast who could talk for her country about the work that she does and when it came to writing about the same thing, did it all wrong before she did started to get it all right. Now her track record of successful applications is impressive and she struggles to keep up with the projects she’s winning.

www.creativeentrepreneursclub.co.uk

You may also be interested in Producing School (3 – 5 February); a three day intensive about kick-starting and managing your own projects.


with Pat O'Toole
Tue 21st Jan - 7:00pm
Victorian Bar
2 hours 30 minutes
Free but ticketed
Level: All

Mental health and wellbeing is beginning to get spoken about a lot more often in the arts nowadays but too often this is focused on those on stage and not behind the scenes. This session, facilitated by Arts Practitioner and Personal Development Coach Pat O’Toole, aims to explore how we can better support backstage staff and create a positive work environment for everyone concerned. 

This session is aimed at production managers and crew, producers, directors and anyone responsible for the wellbeing of staff working in theatre. It will be a discussion and a two way conversation with those working in the industry in Scotland. 

Pat O’Toole is a Trainer, Facilitator, Consultant and Coach with over thirty years’ experience in business, education, the arts. Her expertise is in Mental Health and Well Being as well as Personal and Business Development. As well as being a Course Director at Rose Bruford College, Pat is also a trainer and coach for White Light, Theatre UK and PLASA. She was one of the founding members of The Mental Health Charter for the Performing Arts and has been working as a Mental Health First Aider helping colleges and organisations deliver workshops in mental health awareness, managing stress and anxiety and building resilience to sustain careers in the arts and backstage industries.

Pat has worked as actress, director, stage manager, producer, lecturer and counsellor. She has an MSc In Social Sciences, a PGCE in Higher Education, PG Dip Integrative Counselling as well as being an NLP Practitioner, an Acting, Speech and Dialogue Tutor and a Personal and Business Coach (ICF member).  Pat is a Certified PPA (Personal Profile Analysis- DISC) Practitioner with Thomas International and a Mental Health First Aider.

www.patotoole.co.uk

 


with Chris Grady CGO
Wed 22nd Jan - 10:30am
Victorian Bar
2 hours
Non Members 6
Members 3
Level: All
Suitable for: All

Creative freelance producers and theatremakers can often find themselves getting overwhelmed and over excited by a great idea (or ten) and unsure how to realise them in the current state of funding, life and the world. This group workshop explores how you can unpick the challenges and take time for yourself to move back from panic. We will look at tools to focus on your aspirations, your passions, and the steps to take to avoid returning to overwhelm.  Chris is a freelance coach and event producer also juggling too many projects and ideas. Together let's look at challenges and personal solutions/practice.

Chris Grady is a coach and facilitator/mentor to theatre companies, theatremakers and creatives. Based in Edinburgh he works with artists and theatre projects around the world. He helps to make connections between an idea and reality, two creatives who need to know each other, or two organisations that could collaborate. He's previously run theatres, created festivals, and started the MA in Creative Producing at Mountview.

www.chrisgrady.org


with Chris Grady CGO
Wed 22nd Jan - 1:00pm
SOLD OUT
Wed 22nd Jan - 2:00pm
SOLD OUT
Wed 22nd Jan - 3:00pm
Wed 22nd Jan - 4:00pm
Wed 22nd Jan - 5:00pm
SOLD OUT
Main Bar
50 minutes
Non Members 6
Members 3
Level: All
Suitable for: All

One to one coaching sessions for any feeling a little lost. Surgeries let you stop and reflect on your personal and professional direction. Chris will work with you to target aspects of your current job, creativity, or personal position and determine small actions that you can undertake to make significant changes in your life. CGO surgeries are open to people working in any field – whether you’re a top business consultant, an artist or a full-time child carer, we will reflect on your current position and build plans to move you in the direction you want to take.

Chris Grady is a coach and facilitator/mentor to theatre companies, theatremakers and creatives. Based in Edinburgh he works with artists and theatre projects around the world. He helps to make connections between an idea and reality, two creatives who need to know each other, or two organisations that could collaborate. He's previously run theatres, created festivals, and started the MA in Creative Producing at Mountview.

www.chrisgrady.org


with Stasi Schaeffer
Wed 22nd Jan - 7:00pm
Victorian Bar
2 hours 30 minutes
Non Members 30
Members 15

A chance for aspiring playwrights to meet regularly in a small group to share and develop individual scripts. Other dates in this series are Wednesday 26 February and Wednesday 24 March. By booking you commit to attending all three sessions, all are included in the cost above.

This will be a space to take your writing further. That might mean completing your first full length play, or pushing yourself to interrogate and refine your existing stagecraft.

We will meet once a month and through a series of exercises, provocations and structured discussions we will create a supportive, playful, and curious environment in which to challenge yourself and your writing. You’ll be invited to bring along an idea which is in its early stages and we will explore it from a different angle at each session; looking at character, dialogue, form and staging, amongst others.

This season’s sessions will be led by Stasi Schaeffer. Stasi is a director and also works regularly on New Works, including the Mentored Playwrights programme at Playwright Studio Scotland, therefore aims to offer participants feedback from a both dramaturgical and directorial point of view.

We’ll draw on everything from classical plays to contemporary performance texts to find ways discuss and analyse your writing for the stage, and where it fits in the current creative landscape. There’ll be the opportunity for you to shape how the group is developed, as a small group we’ll respond to individuals’ ambitions and needs, and find ways to best give you the stimulation and structure you need.

By signing up you will commit to coming to all three sessions. Regular attendance is essential in creating a trusting environment and a safe space to share work; you will also be given deadlines and task to be completed in your own time to help further your work. 


The Metamorphosis
Thu 23rd Jan - 4:00pm
Rockvilla
2 hours
FREE (closed to non-members)
Level: 2 - Intermediate
Suitable for: Directors

These sessions are a chance to be a fly on the all of the rehearsal room of an upcoming show.

This season’s will be for Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka adapted and directed by Matthew Lenton, a production between Vanishing Point. Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione and Tron Theatre Company.

Please note rehearsals are taking place offsite at National Theatre of Scotland, Rockvilla, 125 Craighall Road, Glasgow G4 9TL.

To book email creative@tron.co.uk


Tue 28th Jan - 10:30am
Victorian Bar
7 hours
Non Members 3
Members FREE
Level: All
Suitable for: All

Need some desk space with likeminded people for the day? Bring your laptop and pull up a chair in the Vic Bar for the day with free tea and coffee all day and MAKER members can get discounted food in the bar. Just book through box office and use your ticket to claim your brew.


Designer/ Director Special
Wed 29th Jan - 7:00pm
Victorian Bar
2 hours 30 minutes
Non Members 6
Members 3
Level: All
Suitable for: Directors/ Designers

This season’s Collabordate is aimed exclusively for directors and designers at all levels of their career. Set up very much like speed dating, directors and designers are invited along to learn about each other’s work and identify the kind of work you want to make. Come along with an idea and leave having had a free drink, put names to faces and a fresh list of future collaborators.

There will be eight places for designers and eight for directors that are allocated on a first come first served basis. Designers are invited to bring along a portfolio of their work to the event if possible.


with Paul Brotherston (Blood of the Young)
Fri 31st Jan - 6:30pm
Education Suite
3 hours
Non Members 30
Members 15
Level: 1 - Beginner & 2 - Intermediate
Suitable for: Performers/ Theatre Makers

Join Blood of the Young's artistic director Paul Brotherston (Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)) in a condensed rehearsal process examining scenes from a classic text with a contemporary twist. This is an opportunity to experience the creation of work within a larger company and to mirror a full rehearsal process - allowing for learning of new skills and simply practicing your craft as part of an ensemble without the pressure of a production. This workshop is made up of three weekly sessions culminating in an informal rehearsal room sharing of the piece for friends and industry chums.

A great chance to flex your acting muscles or experience this work for the first time, participants will be directed in an ensemble cast in order to stage scenes from a classic work. The process will be entirely led by Paul Brotherston.

Paul Brotherston is artistic director of Blood of the Young, and has been an associate artist at the Tron, for whom he has most notably directed Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of), which was recently nominated for a Critics’ Award for Theatre in Scotland for Best Production and is currently touring the UK. For Blood of the Young he has also directed Daphne Oram's Wonderful World of Sound, Secret Show 1, and Golden Arm Theatre Project.

*To participate you must be available for all three sessions. All three are included in the price above.


with Steph Connell, Michael John O'Neill and guests
Mon 3rd Feb - 10:30am
Education Suite
7 hours
Non Members 60
Members 30
Level: 2 - Intermediate
Suitable for: Theatre Makers, Directors and Producers

THREE DAY WORKSHOP 3 - 5 FEBRUARY’

Price includes all three days.

Grab a laptop, settle in and get ready to have some questions answered and projects planned. OK, so producing and project management might not be the most exciting and glamorous bit of making theatre but it’s the stuff you need to make the work you want to make. 

At the Tron we are passionate about helping artists to make work and also to become self-sufficient in how they manage it. We also know the best way to learn is through doing. There is a shortage of independent producers so this three day intensive aims to help artists so learn to do it for themselves in the meantime. Over the course of three days participants will explore the very starting blocks of designing and managing a project and will come away with the basic tools to get you started. 

Areas include…  

Day one:

  • What questions to ask of your work

  • What do you need to make it happen and when

  • Identifying Sources of funding 

  • Taking you through each question of a Creative Scotland application – from the point of view of a CS assessor and a producer with practical examples

Day Three:

  • Pitching your work

This workshop is for those artists who are proactive in creating work but need a pointer in the right direction and some peer to peer support.

We have delivered workshops on these subjects before but most have been half day sessions trying to cover huge subjects, resulting in a lot of unanswered questions. This three-day intensive aims to take a small group through starting a project step by step with individual practical tasks that help you make a start on projects in the room plenty of time for questions. You’ll also receive templates to make starting future projects simpler. 

Participants will need to commit to attending all three days and will need to bring with them a firm idea of project they want to make which will be used as a case study throughout. 

Steph is Project Coordinator at the Tron Theatre, responsible for managing the BUILD and MAKER programmes and supporting the coordination of Tron Theatre CREATIVE. As a freelance producer she has worked for Frantic Assembly, Artichoke and National Theatre of Scotland as well presenting and supporting work through her own company Scribbled Thought. She is currently producing work for ThickSkin and Wonder Fools and was Stage One Producer at the Citizens Theatre throughout 2017.


with David Nicholls of Brett Nicholls Associates
Wed 12th Feb - 7:00pm
Victorian Bar
2 hours 30 minutes
Non Members 6
Members 3
Level: All
Suitable for: All

Heard about ‘going limited’ and wondering if it is right for you? Is your self-employed business growing or taking on work which involves serious contracts, employing others or registering for VAT?

Whether you want to expand an existing company or are a group of artists making work together and wondering if you should make it ‘official’, then come along and explore the pros and cons of incorporating your business…and what to do next. 

Topics will include…

  • What is a company

  • When you should form one (and when you shouldn’t)

  • Legal position

  • Types of company structure

  • Case study 1: Incorporating a self-employed business

  • Case study 2: Collaborating

Brett Nicholls Associates are accountants and consultants with a specialism in the third sector and with arts organisations.

www.brettnichollsassociates.co.uk


with RashDash
Mon 17th Feb - 10:30am
Changing House
Non Members 90
Members 45
Level: 2 - Intermediate & 3 - Advanced
Suitable for: Theatre makers/ Writers/ Performers/ Directors

THREE DAY WORKSHOP 17 - 19 FEBRUARY

This residency will be based on RashDash’s approaches to making devised work. The workshop is for professionals with at least 2 years’ experience as a director, writer, performer, choreographer/movement director, theatre maker. In it you’ll explore ways of beginning a project, making physical/movement work, writing/devising text, using found/existing text and image and ways to assemble the pieces we make.

Be prepared to move, work in contact with other bodies (safely and within your boundaries), share ideas you’re at the beginning of making, work collaboratively with other theatre makers / performers, watch and listen as other people make and play.

The workshop will be led by Helen Goalen and Abbi Greenland, co-founders/directors of RashDash.

RashDash shows include Three Sisters (co-production with Royal Exchange Theatre, co-commissioned by The Yard, Tobacco Factory Theatres, The Old Vic, MAYK and Cambridge Junction, UK Theatre Award Winner for Best Touring Production), The Darkest Corners (a large scale, outdoor, headphone show for Transform Festival 2017), Two Man Show (made with Northern Stage and Soho Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe First Winner 2016, Stage Award for Acting Excellence, shortlisted for an Off West End Award), Snow White & Rose Red (a Christmas show for Cambridge Junction, 2015 and Battersea Arts Centre, 2017), We Want You To Watch (by RashDash and Alice Birch, National Theatre and UK Tour, 2015), Oh, I Can’t Be Bothered (shortlisted for an Off West End Award, Soho Theatre, 2014), The Ugly Sisters (shortlisted for the Total Theatre Award for Experimentation and Innovation, Edinburgh Festival, 2012), The Frenzy & Set Fire To Everything!!!  (outdoor shows commissioned by Lyric Hammersmith, GDIF, Imagine Watford and Latitude), Scary Gorgeous (Edinburgh Fringe First Award winner 2011), Another Someone (Edinburgh Fringe First award winner 2010), and The Honeymoon.

www.rashdash.co.uk

Booking is through application only and applicants must be available for all three days. To apply just fill out the short form here. The deadline for applications is 24 January and we will aim to let applicants know whether they have been successful by 28 January. Box office will then contact you for payment. Please note applicants must be available to take part all three days.


with Isobel McArthur
Thu 20th Feb - 7:00pm
Education Suite
2 hours 30 minutes
30 (15 Maker members)
Level: 2 - Intermediate
Suitable for: Writers

This workshop will explore the unique benefits of drawing on classic texts and well-known stories to create new theatre.

We will cover how to choose your source material, clarify your aims as an artist in re-telling the story and how you can satisfy all the different types of audience member who go and see adaptations. There will also be an opportunity for each attendee to discuss their own current projects and any obstacles they might be facing in adapting a classic, from writing dialogue to approaching venues.

Isobel McArthur is an actor, writer and theatre-maker. Her writing for theatre includes one-woman multi-media comedy How to Sing it (Tron Theatre), Daphne Oram’s Wonderful World of Sound (Blood of the Young/Scottish Tour), A Christmas Carol (Pitlochry Festival Theatre) and the acclaimed Pride & Prejudice* (*sort of) which is currently touring the UK. As an actor, Isobel has worked with The Lyceum Theatre, The Citizens Theatre, Summerhall, Tramway and The National Theatre of Scotland, amongst others.


Tue 25th Feb - 10:30am
Victorian Bar
7 hours
Non Members 3
Members FREE
Level: All
Suitable for: All

Need some desk space with likeminded people for the day? Bring your laptop and pull up a chair in the Vic Bar for the day with free tea and coffee all day and MAKER members can get discounted food in the bar. Just book through box office and use your ticket to claim your brew.


with Anna Dawson (Simone Pereira Hind Casting)
Tue 25th Feb - 2:30pm
Education Suite
3 hours
Non Members 30
Members 15
Level: 1 - Beginner
Suitable for: Performers

A practical workshop with Casting Director, Anna Dawson, on the differences between theatre/screen auditions and how best to prepare for both auditions in the room and self-tape auditions. Through work with audition scenes, participants will get a chance to practice how to prepare for auditions with specific scenes and feedback. They will also get a chance to ask questions and find out what makes the perfect self-tape.

Anna started her career whilst studying Drama and Film at Manchester University, and since then has honed her skills with some of the profession’s very best, including Jina Jay, Suzanne Smith and Simone Pereira Hind. Anna is currently associate Casting Director to Simone Pereira Hind. Anna’s credits include the internationally successful series Outlander, BBC’s The Replacement and CBBC’s teen series Logan High. She has also worked on feature films such as Moon Dogs and soon to be released Marionette and The Toll. Casting Director credits include CBBC’s Scottish BAFTA winner Last Commanders, BBC's Pancake, and is currently co casting with Simone their first show for the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh.


with Claire Halleran (The Envelope Room)
Tue 25th Feb - 7:00pm
Victorian Bar
2 hours 30 minutes
Non Members 30
Members 15
Level: 1 - Beginner & 2 - Intermediate
Suitable for: Directors/ Producers/ Theatre Makers/ Designers

Working with… Designers is part of a series of workshops this season to strengthen relationships between creative team members, demystifying each other’s roles and allow time to reflect and hopefully improve understanding and communication next time they embark on a creative project. This season is primarily aimed at directors, theatre makers and producers who might be planning projects and looking to invite designers to collaborate.

This workshop will include…

  • How to find and approach designers and what you should ask from a designer when asking them to design a show with a team.

  • Knowing their role in a collaborative project and what skills they can bring to the planned project.

  • Discussion with directors and producers about how the creative and practical relationships can be managed and nurtured when working with a performance designer.

  • How to develop the best collaborative, working relationship before and during the production, communication of ideas and the how to balance the quality of design with time and budget.

Claire Halleran, graduate of Glasgow School of Art (BA Hons) and Queen Margaret University (MFA). Claire has designed for many theatre companies including, the National Theatre of Scotland, Unicorn, Stellar Quines, Grid Iron, Magnetic North, RCS, Showroom, Borderline/Hirtle, Heroica, Cultured Mongrel Dance Theatre, A Moment’s Peace, Platform, Fish and Game, Starcatchers, Visible Fictions, Birds of Paradise, Frozen Charlotte, Macrobert Arts Centre and Eco Drama. She has also designed and created many interactive events for the Edinburgh International Science Festival and two film festivals with Tilda Swinton and Mark Cousins. She is co-founder of The Envelope Room. A network created in 2013 to support, promote and engage stage designers in Scotland.

www.clairehalleran.weebly.com

Other workshops in the Working with… season include Working with Puppets led by Ross McKay, 10 March and Working with Composers & Sound Designers, led by MJ McCarthy 23 March.


Education Suite
7 hours
Non Members 60
Members 30
Level: 1 - Beginner & 2 - Intermediate
Suitable for: Performers

Offered in collaboration with Spotlight

8 Places will be held for Spotlight members. These can be booked via Spotlight who will email Spotlight members with a booking link w/c 10 February. These places are FREE and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

A practical guide to the various ways of working in radio and audio.

Audio is now one of the fastest growing mediums for voice work, opening up what used to feel very much like a BBC Radio-only closed shop. As the opportunities grow, both dramatically and commercially, it can feel dizzying and confusing on what skills are required. Especially when no two audio production companies approaches are identical to the other!

This workshop, working with Jack as your director, is aimed at demystifying the process for you. He will take you through the various approaches of different radio and audio drama productions, leaning on his BBC and independent production experience, both here in the UK and in the US. In a workshop of two halves, we explore how you can perform the same material for different style of producers, learning the competition demands of BBC versus Audible versus the Indie Sector. Then, in the second half, we'll also explore the world of commercial voice casting and how to use your voice to not only sell yourself, using existing commercial scripts, but also how to sell the product for your client. 

Jack Bowman, based in Hertsfordshire, UK, is an award-winning audio writer, director and producer. He co-created The Springheel Saga (Wireless Theatre Ltd) becoming their most commercially and critically successful project to date. It won numerous awards, including a record-breaking hat-trick of Mark Time Ogles. Additionally, he has worked with 3D Horror-Fi, Funny Women, RNIB, Moving Theatre, Radio 4, BBC Radio London and SPID Theatre on various audio projects.

He has produced notable titles award-winning titles such as Dead London and Audible UK’s Murder On The Orient Express, with Academy Award nominees Tom Conti and Sophie Okonedo, and co-scripted Expeditionary Force: Homefront for Dagaz Media and Podium Publishing in the US. With Fred Greenhalgh, they co-created a new audio drama pilot, Ultimate Solution, which goes to series in 2020. He now acts as Dagaz Media’s UK Producer.

He originated the 2019 BBC Online Drama Winner Red Moon and now serves as BBC Studios Podcast Producer, having assisted with the launch of their new Audio Department, and strategising US/UK production opportunities. 

www.jackbowman.net


with Stephanie Bain (Almeida, London)
Mon 9th Mar - 1:30pm
Changing House
3 hours
Non Members 30
Members 15
Level: All
Suitable for: Writers

Stephanie Bain is the Literary Manager at the Almeida. Stephanie will deliver a workshop to help playwrights develop and hone their craft. The workshop will focus on the main elements of successful plays and will give writers tools to get started with an idea, to beef-up an underwritten draft, to problem-solve and find solutions when redrafting a play. There will be discussion, based on Stephanie’s experience at the Almeida, of what theatres look for when reading scripts for production and what the pathways are for emerging playwrights to get their plays on stage. 

Prior to joining the Almeida she worked as a literary agent at The Wylie Agency and as a reader for the Bush Theatre and the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. Stephanie was the co-founder of the Manchester based contemporary theatre company Babel Theatre.

www.almeida.co.uk


with Ross McKay (Tortoise in a Nutshell)
Tue 10th Mar - 2:30pm
Education Suite
3 hours
Non Members 30
Members 15
Level: 1 - Beginner & 2 - Intermediate
Suitable for: Directors

Working with… Puppets is a 3-hour long workshop for directors and anyone else interested in how puppetry can be incorporated into a production. Drawing on a decade of experience, Ross will work practically with participants to show how puppets may be developed for a production. We will then go on to explore how performers can be introduced to puppetry and examine a method for directing puppetry within the rehearsal room.

The workshop will include…

  • How to build puppetry into a production process
  • An awareness of the potential different styles of puppetry and what they can bring to a production
  • A method of directing actors with puppets
  • Practical and logistical things to consider when including puppetry in your work including budgeting and schedules
  • How to find and communicate with puppet directors and when to bring them in to the process

Ross MacKay is the artistic director of Tortoise in a Nutshell where he first directed Scotsman Fringe First winning and New York Time’s Critics Pick, Feral, back in 2013. He most recently directed international co-production, Ragnarok which opens at the Manipulate Festival 2020. Ross has over a decade of experience working with puppetry. He has been a puppetry director for multiple productions including work with Perth Theatre, Dundee Rep, the Lyceum and NTS.

www.tortoiseinanutshell.com

Other workshops in the Working with… season include Working with Designers, 25 February and Working with Composers & Sound Designers, led by MJ McCarthy 23 March.


Victorian Bar
FREE (closed to non-members)
Level: All
Suitable for: All

A chance for current members to come along and see the latest Tron production and have a drink beforehand. This season’s show is Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka adapted and directed by Matthew Lenton, a production between Vanishing Point. Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione and Tron Theatre Company.

More info here. Each season we will also invite members of a different local arts network to join us to mix it up a bit, allow everyone to meet new people and extend industry networks.

Tickets are limited and given on a first come first served basis to current MAKER members so please email creative@tron.co.uk to request your ticket.


with Margaret-Anne O'Donnell (Raw Materials)
Wed 18th Mar - 7:00pm
Victorian Bar
2 hours 30 minutes
Non Members 6
Members 3
Level: 2 - Intermediate
Suitable for: Producers/ Directors/ Theatre Makers

Hit show What Girls of Made Of first appeared on the scene in summer 2018, when it stormed the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, won three awards and was seen by thousands. Since then it has toured the UK, Australia, Brazil, and America and shows no signs of stopping.

In an informal workshop Producer, Margaret- Anne O’Donnell, will explore and discuss the producing strategy and models used to create the show and to make it a success.

Participants will leave with an awareness of different producing models, building work to tour and of planning from creative producing stage to delivery.

Raw Material was formed in 2018 and is a Scottish based producing house with a global outlook. Bringing together Margaret-Anne O’Donnell & Gillian Garrity both of whom have worked for over 25 years producing and touring Scottish theatre across the globe. Our aim in creating our company is to combine skills and resources to support and produce the work of independent Scottish artists and partner and produce with established venues and companies. Since inception Raw Material has produced and toured theatre productions of varying scale across Scotland, Europe, Brazil, the USA and Australia performing to over 80,000 people so far. Most recently touring our award winning co-production with Traverse Theatre, What Girls Are Made Of by Cora Bissett.

www.rawmaterialarts.com


with MJ McCarthy
Mon 23rd Mar - 11:00am
Changing House
2 hours 30 minutes
Non Members 30
Members 15
Level: 1 - Beginner & 2 - Intermediate
Suitable for: Directors/ Producers/ Theatre Makers

Working with… Composers & Sound Designers is part of a series of workshops this season to strengthen relationships between creative team members, demystifying each other’s roles and allow time to reflect and hopefully improve understanding and communication next time they embark on a creative project. This season is primarily aimed at directors, theatre makers and producers who might be planning projects and looking to invite Composers and Sound Designers to collaborate.

This workshop will include…

  • How to find and approach composer and sound designers and what you should ask from a when asking them to design a show with a team.

  • Knowing their role in a collaborative project and what skills they can bring to the planned project.

  • Discussion with directors and producers about how the creative and practical relationships can be managed and nurtured when working with a composer/ sound designer.

  • How to develop the best collaborative, working relationship before and during the production, communication of ideas and the how to balance the quality of design with time and budget.

Michael John is a Cork-born, Glasgow-based composer, musician & sound designer.

Pride & Prejudice* (*sort of) (Tron Theatre/Lyceum Edinburgh); The Duchess (of Malfi), The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, Glory On Earth, A Number, The Weir, Bondagers (Lyceum Edinburgh); Tay Bridge, August: Osage County, George’s Marvellous Medicine, The BFG, Steel Magnolias (Dundee Rep); I Can Go Anywhere, Crocodile Fever, Ulster American, How To Disappear, Grain in The Blood (Traverse Theatre); What Girls Are Made Of (Raw Material/Traverse Theatre); The Cheviot, The Stag and The Black, Black Oil, In Time O’Strife, Blabbermouth, The Tin Forest, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish (National Theatre of Scotland); Nora: A Doll’s House, The Gorbals Vampire, Trainspotting, Rapunzel, Into That Darkness, Fever Dream: Southside (Citizens Theatre); Jimmy’s Hall (Abbey Theatre); God of Carnage, The Lonesome West, Under Milk Wood (Tron Theatre).

www.michaeljohnmccarthy.com

Other workshops in the Working with… season include Working with Designers, 25 February and Working with Puppets, led by Ross McKay, 10 March.


with Steph Connell and Michael John O'Neill
Thu 26th Mar - 2:00pm
Thu 26th Mar - 3:00pm
Thu 26th Mar - 4:00pm
Main Bar
50 minutes
Non Members 3
Members FREE
Level: All
Suitable for: All

Here at the Tron there’s no such thing as a silly question. If you have a burning question about making work or running a company (silly or not) then here’s your chance to ask it. Whether you’re struggling to understand a contract, book a tour, approach funders or just need to bounce an idea off someone or understand a bit more about people’s roles within a venue then let us know.

Artistic Producer Michael John O’Neill and Project Coordinator Steph Connell (also a freelance producer) will be on hand to have a brew and talk about partnerships, building creative teams, funding productions, contracts, touring and budgets.


 
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