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Got a Shakespeare specific audition coming up? Monologue lab gives you the chance to play in front of fellow performers. It's an opportunity to get feedback in a supportive environment. You might want to bring something you're just starting to explore, or it could be an old audition speech you want to freshen up. There is no pressure to perform - you're also welcome to come and observe. Facilitated by director Alasdair Hunter, Monologue Lab is the best place to stretch your monologue muscles.
Alasdair Hunter’s work has been seen in UK theatres including the Tron, Traverse, Hampstead Theatre, and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, as well as across the Midwest USA. Directing Highlights include: Doctor Faustus (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe), What Country Friends Is This? (Aberdeen Performing Arts), Hamlet (Bard in the Botanics), and The Tempest (Stone Soup Shakespeare). Alasdair is a Connections Director for the National Theatre. He was Associate Director on Rachel O’Riordan’s production of The Seafarer.
Observe director Andy Arnold in the rehearsal room for a brand new devised work for families by Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5. Using their own songs new show, Colonel Mustard and the Big Bad Wolf, will bring a new twist to some familiar children’s tales.
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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.
Do people still write existential plays and what defines them anyway? We will examine texts from works deemed existential and explore their meaning and how to stage them. We will look at texts from Sartre and Beckett through to contemporary writers like Martin McCormick and Stef Smith. Is it a canon of work still relevant? Is it absurd? As well as looking at existing texts we will try to initiate and devise some work ourselves. The workshop will include analysis of these texts a group and practical exercises in staging them from the point of view of a director, performer and writer/ dramaturg.
As well as exploring and learning about a range of existential works, participants will leave the room more enlightened about what is possible in making contemporary theatre and how existentialism can inform how a piece of theatre can be made.
Andy Arnold has been making theatre in Scotland since the early 1980s. He was Founder and Artistic Director of The Arches from 1991 to 2008 and, since then, has been Artistic Director of Tron Theatre, Glasgow. He has always been fascinated by existential and absurdist work throughout his career. His last two productions – Ma, Pa, and the Little Mouths by Martin McCormick, and Ballyturk by Enda Walsh – are examples of explorations in this genre and he has directed many works by Samuel Beckett. In 2012 he commissioned and directed the world premiere stage adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses – which toured from Scotland to Ireland, and to four cities in China.
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 4 March
The event is also open to other playwrights to come and help out and feedback, just email email@example.com if you’d like to come along.
A 3 hour devising workshop run by multi-award-winning ThisEgg Artistic Director Josie Dale-Jones with singer Imogen Mahdavi and choreographer/dancer Olivia Norris.
ThisEgg like to explore styles to celebrate different forms of entertainment; when text can’t conjure up the feeling, they sing. When words can’t describe the feeling, they move. They play themselves. When that’s too much, they put on costumes.
Participants will learn practical tools to devise from nothing; working with song; movement and text and gain an insight to democratic devising.
Josie established ThisEgg in 2010 & has self-produced shows with a variety of artistic collaborators since then. ThisEgg makes comic & intimate theatre that wonders about the world we live in, prompting audiences to ask big questions. Dressed. & UNCONDITIONAL were performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where ThisEgg received a Fringe First Award & a Total Theatre Award nomination amongst 4 & 5 star reviews for both shows. Me & My Bee, ThisEgg’s last family show is completing its national tour of over 150 performances across 100 venues in England, Scotland, Ireland & Wales. Josie has also been appointed as a 2019 Leverhulme Arts Scholar.
“Josie Dale-Jones is a powerhouse of ideas & creativity; she's a bold writer, performer & director & has a highly distinctive theatrical vision which is about play & liveness.” Steve Waters
"A rarity... deliciously eccentric” Lyn Gardner for the Guardian
This workshop will compliments performances of ThisEgg’s show Dressed 14 – 16 March.
A chance to meet with peers and talk about whatever you need to talk about. In reponse to feedback from last season's session 'Understanding Psychological Wellbeing 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.
Psychological wellbeing is becoming a major topic for discussion within the performing arts particularly for ‘front-line’ performers. However, there are many different layers to negotiate when putting on a production from the playwright to the producer, the designer, the lighting and technical crew, all of whom work in a potentially stressful environment and all likely to experience similar psychological challenges in terms of lifestyle and stress management.
Discussion will centre around the psychological challenges faced by the theatre profession in general and explore ways in which stress can be managed successfully.
Prior to the event, attendees will be invited to submit questions or areas (anonymously) that they would like to be covered in the session to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Jane Oakland is an accredited BAPAM practitioner (British Association of Performing Arts Medicine) and has also been a professional opera singer for 35 years. Through her own experience of debilitating performance anxiety Jane became interested in the impact of stress on the careers of professional musicians.
Jane’s website, www.stresspoints.co.uk, provides a wealth of useful information on the psychology of performance, as well as articles she has contributed to Classical Music Magazine, the Incorporated Society of Musicians, and Help Musicians UK (formerly the Musicians Benevolent Fund)
Presented in collaboration with Spotlight.
We know that sometimes life can be the hardest act of all and that many people in the performing arts will experience challenges with their mental health at some point in their lives. That's why Spotlight created ArtsMinds, with Equity, The Stage and BAPAM, to offer support for people who need it most and encourage people in the performing arts to talk more about the importance of getting support if you're in need.
These private, 30-minute one-on-one sessions are a chance for you to speak to Dr Jane Oakland, who works with BAPAM. The session is completely confidential and held in a private space, it is an opportunity for you to discuss any challenges that you're currently facing for which you may require support.
Presented in collaboration with Spotlight.
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