All Events

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with Lewis Hetherington
Wed 24th Apr - 7:00pm
SOLD OUT
Changing House
2 hours 30 minutes
Non-Members 60
Members 30
Level: 2 - Intermediate
Suitable for: Writers

A chance for aspiring playwrights to meet regularly in a small group to share and develop individual scripts. Other dates in this series are 22 May, 26 June, 24th July, 28th August, 25th September and payment includes all six sessions.

Facilitated by award winning Playwright Lewis Hetherington 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.

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 six 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. 


With Michael John O'Neill and Steph Connell
Thu 25th Apr - 2:00pm
SOLD OUT
Thu 25th Apr - 3:00pm
SOLD OUT
Thu 25th Apr - 4:00pm
SOLD OUT
1 hours
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, write a tech rider, 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. Members of team Tron will be available on the afternoons listed above to have a brew, answer some questions and get to know MAKER members and their work. Take a look at the descriptions below to make sure you’re talking to the right person…

Producer – Thursday 25 April

Artistic Producer Michael John O’Neill and Project Coordinator Steph Connell will be on hand to talk about partnerships, building creative teams, funding productions, contracts, touring and budgets.

 


with Gary McNair
Fri 26th Apr - 10:30am
Main Auditorium
7 hours 30 minutes
Non-Members 60
Members 30
Level: 1 - Beginner & 2 - Intermediate
Suitable for: Performers, Directors and Theatre-Makers

A practical introduction to verbatim theatre with theatre maker Gary McNair. Participants will learn the techniques used in creating McNair’s verbatim play Locker Room Talk (Traverse Theatre) and use those skills to make a short verbatim performance of their own.

Participants will leave with knowledge and understanding of a range of methods for making verbatim theatre and first-hand experience of making a performance from self-conducted interviews.

Please note the workshop will be based at the Tron but participants will be asked undertake interviews in the surrounding area during the workshop.

Gary McNair is an award winning writer from Glasgow who aims to make work that challenges and entertains in equal measure. His work has been translated and performed over the world from Italy to Australia from Germany to Japan. He is Associate Artist with the Traverse and Writer in Residence at The National Theatre of Scotland. Current commissions include The Tron Theatre and Audible.com @thegarymcnair.

Participants are asked to bring note taking materials and will be asked to use their phones to record interviews. Please get in touch with creative@tron.co.uk if this is a problem.


Tue 30th Apr - 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 all day and bowl of the soup of the day for lunch or members can get discounted food in the bar. Just book through box office and use your ticket to claim your soup.

 


with Susan Worsfold
Tue 14th May - 10:30am
Changing House
7 hours
Non-Members 60
Members 30
Level: All
Suitable for: Performers

An opportunity to work with Susan Worsfold of Voice Studio International on the Nadine George Voice Work® and Shakespearean text. This workshop will be a dynamic and artistic investigation into the voice and self. It will bring deeper awareness and skills in the use of our voice and body to express our internal life and link this directly to the classic text of Shakespeare and performance.

This workshop involves some physical contact. Loose clothing to be worn. Participants will be required to familiarise themselves with a short monologue before the workshop which will be supplied.

Susan is a theatre director specialising in the Nadine George Voice Work which she has taught internationally in France, Brazil and Lebanon, integrating the process into her directing approach. Susan has been working directly with Nadine since 1994 and is one of only 15 accredited teachers worldwide. She is Creative Development Director for Voice Studio International as well as Associate Teacher to The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.


Tue 14th May - 2:30pm
Meeting Room
3 hours
Members Only - Free
Level: All
Suitable for: Writers and 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: Monday 6 May

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


Tue 28th May - 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 all day and bowl of the soup of the day for lunch or members can get discounted food in the bar. Just book through box office and use your ticket to claim your soup.


with Jess Williams and Jonnie Riordan
Fri 31st May - 2:00pm
Changing House
4 hours
Members Only - Free
Level: 2 - Intermediate
Suitable for: Performers, Theatre-Makers

AWOL is the first in a new series of micro-productions by ThickSkin, known as Matchbox Plays. These bite-sized performances celebrate emerging talent and help to get people involved in theatre through innovative outreach activities. Each Matchbox play is created as a spin-off to our mainstage work and accompanied by physical devising workshops.

As a pilot for Matchbox we are inviting Tron MAKER members to collaborate with ThickSkin's team and perform as part of AWOL. In this four-hour workshop you will explore new devising skills and experiment with physicality, leading to presenting your work within the show that evening.    

AWOL is a highly physical, fast paced, multimedia story of escape and new beginnings.   

More information about AWOL can be found here.  

To book email creative@tron.co.uk

*Participants must be available to watch the performance of AWOL on Thursday 30 may at 8pm, attend the workshop on Friday afternoon and to perform as part of the performance on Friday evening.  

A ticket for AWOL on Thursday 30 May is included in this booking.  

‘all the ingredients to inspire a new generation in theatre.’ The Good Review  

Jonnie is a Director, Movement Director and Actor. He is a proud graduate of the Frantic Assembly Ignition scheme. Recent theatre work includes Director: Nigel Slater's Toast (Pw Productions), Movement Director: Great Apes (Arcola Theatre) and Eyes Close Eyes Covered (Bunker Theatre), Associate Director: Things I Know to be True (Frantic Assembly), For ThickSkin: Associate Director: Chalk Farm, The Static, Blackout. 

Jess is a Movement Director, Director and Performer she trained at the London Contemporary Dance School and the Laban centre. Recent Theatre work includes: Co-director : Tuck (Neontopia), Harder Better Faster Stronger’ (Hijinx/ Frantic Assembly). Associate Director: The Unreturning (Frantic Assembly), Associate Movement Director: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (USA Tour, World tour and Piccadilly Theatre), Wonderland (Nottingham Playhouse), Movement Director: Constellations - National Centre Performing Arts Mumbai, A Good Clean Heart (Neontopia), Our Country (Wilderness Theatre USA) and Merched Caerdydd (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru).

 


with Chris Grady
Tue 4th Jun - 6:00pm
SOLD OUT
Tue 4th Jun - 7:00pm
SOLD OUT
Tue 4th Jun - 8:00pm
SOLD OUT
1 hours
Non Members 3
Members Free
Level: All
Suitable for: All

with Andy Edwards
Thu 6th Jun - 2:00pm
SOLD OUT
Thu 6th Jun - 3:00pm
SOLD OUT
Thu 6th Jun - 4:00pm
SOLD OUT
1 hours
Non-Members 3
Members Free
Level: All
Suitable for: Writers

Playwrights! Have you written a draft of a new stage play? Do you need someone to read it?

Sign up for a Script Surgery with Mayfesto Resident Playwright Andy Edwards. These hour-long one-to-one sessions are a chance for you listen to feedback, seek guidance, ask questions and most importantly, have a chat about your play.

Participants will leave with an understanding of how to re-approach their play text, both with an eye to further drafts and the continued development of their playwriting craft.

Andy Edwards is a Playwright and Dramaturg whose plays includes Killing Time (Bedlam Theatre, 2012), Scribble (Assembly Roxy, 2017 - ART Award Winner) and The Square Mile (Play Poet Pastry at Theatre Royal Dumfries, 2017). As dramaturg, he regularly collaborates with playwrights, theatre-makers and artists. Currently, Andy is developing two new work with the support of a PYROMANIA Bursary from FIRE EXIT and as Writer-in-Residence for this year's Mayfesto season at Tron Theatre.

Booking: Places are offered on a first come, first served basis. Scripts should be full length (+50 mins) and for stage. Once you have booked your place you will receive a confirmation email which will include a link short form and instructions of how to submit your script. You will need to complete this and submit your script to confirm your place.

Please note: Booking closes 29 April and scripts must be submitted 1 May.


with Elizabeth Newman
Tue 11th Jun - 10:30am
Victorian Bar
7 hours
Non-Members 30
Members 15
Level: All
Suitable for: All

How do you lead? How do you want to lead? Work with Elizabeth Newman to hone and develop your own approach to leadership. Currently the Artistic Director of Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Elizabeth will share her approach to leadership. She will focus on how we can lead through inspiration and defining shared values. She will explore how you can create a team or an entire organisation of leaders with values that celebrate the individual. Her approach clearly defines how an inspirational and shared vision can deliver great results. 

Elizabeth is a multi award winning theatre director. She became Artistic Director of Pitlochry Festival Theatre in 2018. Before PFT, she was the Artistic Director of the Octagon Theatre Bolton and in 2017 Elizabeth was named Bolton’s Woman of the Year for her contribution to the Town.

She was previously Artistic Director of Shared Property Theatre Company and Acting Artistic Director of Southwark Playhouse. She has directed over 100 theatre productions during her career. She has also directed for Radio and Television. Elizabeth was the director of Drama for BBC Blast (Digital/online platform) in 2008/9. She is a champion of new writing, acknowledged by the Writers’ Guild in 2013 when she received the New Writing Encouragement Award.

As well as being an artist, Elizabeth has dedicated a great deal of time to exploring how we can use the arts to bring about social change and support place making. This was recognized when she won the Oguntê Make A Wave Award for Women of Social Leadership and named a finalist Young Achiever of the Year Award for Arts. She is also a committed Executive and her innovative approaches to making charities work was celebrated when she was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award by UnLtd.


Tue 11th Jun - 2:30pm
Meeting Room
3 hours
Members Only - Free
Level: All
Suitable for: Writers and 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: Monday 3 June

The event is also open to other playwrights to come and help out and feedback.


Tue 11th Jun - 7:00pm
Victorian Bar
2 hours 30 minutes
Non-Members 3
Members Free
Level: All
Suitable for: All

Speed dating with a difference. Join fellow MAKERS for a drink and chance to build new creative relationships. Set up very much like speed dating this session hopes to bring together artists from different disciplines to meet each other, learn what each other do 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 list of future collaborators.


Wed 12th Jun - 7:00pm
2 hours
Non Members 3
Members Free
Level: All
Suitable for: All

A chance to meet with peers and talk about whatever you need to talk about. We will simply book a table in the bar for participants to meet and chat.

In response to feedback from last season’s session ‘Understanding Psychological Well Being in the Performing Arts’ we have decided to pilot regular Artist Check Ins. This will simply be a time and place for artists to meet with peers and share their stresses and worries. The sessions will not be facilitated by Tron staff or mental health professionals and are simply a chance to share with people that might have shared experience of the industry and its associated pressures. Sharing concerns, frustrations or struggles aims to offer relief and more importantly recognises that making work is hard, that that’s ok and that you are not alone. Speaking to someone new and maybe someone outside of your friendship circle can enable a sense of objectivity and connectivity. 

These sessions will be a challenge and provocation for artists to take a chance and meet new people to create an ever expanding supportive network of peers. 


Thu 20th Jun - 10:15am
Education Suite
Members Only - Free
Level: 2 - Intermediate & 3 - Advanced
Suitable for: Directors

Observe director Debbie Hannan in the rehearsal room for her production of The Ugly One by Marius von Mayenburg, translated by Maja Zade.

Email creative@tron.co.uk to book a place.


with Nina Zendejas
Sat 22nd Jun - 11:00am
Changing House
3 hours
Non-Members 30
Members 15
Level: All
Suitable for: Performers

Offered in collaboration with Spotlight.

8 Places will be held for Spotlight members. These can be booked via Spotlight and Spotlight members will be emailed with a booking link 31 May, places are FREE and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Specifically developed for disabled actors and performers, this Laban movement/voice work workshop focuses on the 8 Efforts (press, punch, float, glide, dab, flick, slash and wring) - into vocal variety/expressiveness exploration. Finding new ways to energetically use the body and voice. This will lead to some improvisation using these vocal characteristics in character work.

If you require a BSL interpreter for this session please email marketing@spotlight.com.

Nina Zendejas is an International voice coach specialising in accent and dialect, and native to the United States. Currently working as the Head of Voice at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts (MT) in London, voice over artist (represented by WIsebuddah), and freelance production coach. Nina has worked internationally between the USA and UK on numerous productions/film including Strictly Come Dancing (BBC), Playboy of the Western World, How I learned to Drive (Southwark Playhouse) Obama-ology (Finborough Theatre), London, Let’s get Visceral! (Viscera Theatre/The Vaults), Stone’s in His Pockets (Lyric Stage), and Invasion/Bocon (Apollinaire Theater). As a voiceover artist she has voiced for international companies such as Lego, Sky Sports, Dove, Baileys, and many more. Nina’s synthesis of voice pedagogy and performer training allows for an intimate understanding of an actor’s needs.

If you have any accessibility requirements please do let us know.


Tue 25th Jun - 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 all day and bowl of the soup of the day for lunch or members can get discounted food in the bar. Just book through box office and use your ticket to claim your soup.


with Lindsay Mitchell and Olivia Carr
Thu 27th Jun - 2:00pm
Thu 27th Jun - 3:00pm
Thu 27th Jun - 4:00pm
SOLD OUT
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, write a tech rider, 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. Members of team Tron will be available on the afternoons listed above to have a brew, answer some questions and get to know MAKER members and their work. Take a look at the descriptions below to make sure you’re talking to the right person…

Press and Marketing Manager Lindsay Mitchell and Press and Marketing Officer Olivia Carr will be on hand to talk all things marketing including press, print and social media. Especially handy for anyone wanting advice in the run up to the Edinburgh Fringe.


 
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