All Events

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with Lindsay Mitchell and Olivia Carr
Thu 27th Jun - 2:00pm
Thu 27th Jun - 3:00pm
SOLD OUT
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.


with Michael John O'Neill & Steph Connell
Wed 3rd Jul - 2:00pm
SOLD OUT
Wed 3rd Jul - 3:00pm
SOLD OUT
Wed 3rd Jul - 4:00pm
SOLD OUT
Main Bar
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, 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.

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.


Wed 3rd Jul - 7:00pm
Main Bar
FREE (closed to non-members)

It’s about time we all had a get together so we’re inviting all current MAKER members to come along and have a catch up over drinks and nibbles. To RSVP email creative@tron.co.uk.


with Jenna Watt
Mon 8th Jul - 6:00pm
Education Suite
3 hours
Non-Members 6
Members 3
Level: 1 - Beginner & 2 - Intermediate
Suitable for: Directors and Performers

One scene, three directors, six actors. Director Jenna Watt will help three directors to flex their directing muscles and direct three different versions of the same scene. With two actors each, this is chance to direct some work without the pressure of a production and learn from each other and your different interpretations of text.

Jenna Watt is an award winning Scottish theatre maker, her works include: the award-winning Faslane and Flâneurs and How You Gonna Live Your Dash. Jenna's directing and assistant directing credits include Tetra-Decathlon by Lauren Hendry, Our Fathers by Rob Drummond & Magnetic North, Remote by Stef Smith, Money the Gameshow by Clare Duffy & Unlimited Theatre, 27 by Abi Morgan & National Theatre of Scotland and Chekhov Shorts with Lung Ha Theatre Company.


Tue 9th Jul - 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: Monday 2 July

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.


Rehearsals for If You're Feeling Sinister
Thu 11th Jul - 4:00pm
Changing House
2 hours
FREE (closed to non-members)
Level: 2 - Intermediate & 3 - Advanced
Suitable for: Directors

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

Observe Paul Brotherston in the rehearsal room for If You’re Feeling Sinister, a new adaptation of Belle and Sebastian’s iconic album by Eve Nicol (book) and Stuart Murdoch (lyrics) that will be performed at the Gilded Balloon as part of the this year’s Edinburgh Fringe produced by Avalon and BBC Arts in association with Tron Theatre,

After rehearsals you are welcome to stay and have a chat to the creative team in the bar.

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


Tue 16th Jul - 7:00pm
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 The Ugly One written by Marius von Mayenburg, translated by Maja Zade and directed by Debbie Hannan. 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 Michael John O'Neill & Steph Connell
Thu 18th Jul - 6:30pm
Victorian Bar
3 hours
Non-Members 6
Members 3
Level: All
Suitable for: Producers, Performers, Theatre Makers, Writers, Directors

Join Tron Theatre’s Artistic Producer Michael John O’Neill and Project Coordinator/ Freelance Producer Steph Connell in this informal, practical workshop focused on budgeting and funding productions.

  • Basic budgeting
  • Approaching partners
  • Structuring a pitch/application
  • Creative Scotland applications

Participants should come prepared to discuss at least one early stages project they are currently working on.

Michael John O’Neill is Artistic Producer for the Tron Theatre. In this role, Michael has expanded the theatre’s artistic development strategy into a core activity termed Tron Theatre CREATIVE, managing a network of residencies, awards and platform opportunities that support artists to make the best use of the venue to signal boost their work and practice. Michael’s other responsibilities at the Tron include working with the Artistic Director on the in-house and visiting programme, exploring and negotiating new creative partnerships, and line-producing select Tron Theatre Company productions. As a Glasgow-based producer, Michael has worked with companies including National Theatre of Scotland, Tramway, The Arches, Blood of the Young, Little King, Bijli and SUPERFAN.

Steph is Project Coordinator at the Tron Theatre, responsible for managing the BUILD and MAKER programmes and supporting Michael in 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.


Rehearsals for How Not to Drown
Fri 19th Jul - 4:00pm
Skills Academy
2 hours
FREE (closed to non-members)
Level: 2 - Intermediate & 3 - Advanced
Suitable for: Directors

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

Observe director Neil Bettles and the creative team in the rehearsal room for How Not To Drown by Nicola McCartney and Dritan Kastrati before it goes to this year’s Fringe as part of the Traverse’s programme and Made In Scotland 2019. More information on the show is here.

To book email creative@tron.co.uk


Changing House
7 hours
Non-Members 60
Members 30
Level: 1 - Beginner
Suitable for: Directors, Designers & Theatre Makers

Video can be a useful storytelling tool in the performance arts, but can seem arcane and daunting. The event aims to introduce theatre makers to the use of video design alongside other design disciplines in building the world of the show. We'll discuss various approaches to video design, at various scales of work, and have a brief practical element to the day, looking at the user-friendly QLab software and trying out projecting onto unusual surfaces in the room.

Participants will see examples of various uses of video, as a starting point for discussion of its use, and to prompt questions. Discussion topics will be driven by your questions, but might include:

- The role of video

- When should it be informational, atmospheric, textural, transitional - or mixtures of these roles?

 - The basics of creating, finding and preparing imagery for the stage.

- The use of video for creative captioning - planning visually integrated surtitles.

Tim designs video for live performance, working as a member of the creative team to identify the role(s) of video within the visual language of the show, then creating, finding or adapting imagery to support the storytelling and aesthetic of the work. Tim has worked as head of video for the National Theatre of Scotland and toured internationally. More information and images of his work can be found at www.timreidvideodesign.com


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

Need some desk space with like-minded 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.


Traverse Theatre
2 hours
Free but ticketed
Level: All
Suitable for: All

A chance to meet with peers and talk about whatever you need to talk about. We know the Fringe can be stressful so have relocated to Edinburgh.

In response to feedback from last season’s session ‘ Understanding Psychological Well Being in the Performing Arts’ we have decided to pilot regular Arts Worker 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. We will simply book in slots for people who sign up who will then be either paired up or meet in a group on the evening. Steph will meet you at the Traverse box office on the evening.


Tue 13th Aug - 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: Monday 5 August

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.


Rehearsals for Pride and Prejudice *(*Sort of)
Thu 22nd Aug - 4:00pm
Changing House
2 hours
FREE (closed to non-members)

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

Observe director Paul Brotherston and the creative team in the rehearsal room for Blood of the Young’s smash hit show Open Room: Pride and Prejudice *(*Sort of) before it heads out on a UK tour. More information on the show is here. (link to https://www.tron.co.uk/event/pride-and-prejudice-sort-of/)

After rehearsals you are welcome to stay and have a chat to the creative team in the bar.

To book email creative@tron.co.uk


Wed 28th Aug - 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.


Main Bar
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. In response to feedback from last season's session 'Understanding Psychological Well-Being in the Performing Arts' we have decided to pilot regular Arts Worker 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 who 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, and that that is okay, and that you are not alone. Speaking to someone new, perhaps outside of your friendship circle, can enable a sense of objectivity and connectivity. 

These sessions will be challenge and provocation for artists to meet new people to create and ever-expanding network of supportive peers. On the day please register at Box Office where you will be collected from. 


with Kieran Hurley
Wed 4th Sep - 2:30pm
Changing House
3 hours
Non-Members 30
Members 15
Level: 2 - Intermediate
Suitable for: Writers

Join award winning playwright Kieran Hurley for this workshop on the tricky business of redrafting, and how to move your work beyond its early stages. Warning: the workshop will involve being subjected to some very early drafts of Kieran’s plays.

Participants will be given an insight into a playwright's process, and they different routes by which a play might end up "finished." Hopefully they'll leave with a refreshed idea of how to approach rewriting and overcome some of the challenges of redrafting in their own work.

Kieran Hurley’s recent plays include Mouthpiece (Traverse / HighTide), Square Go (with Gary McNair, Paines Plough Roundabout); A Six-Inch Layer of Topsoil and the Fact It Rains (Perth Theatre); Heads Up (Show And Tell); Kieran’s screenplay Beats, co-written with director Brian Welsh and adapted from his hit play of the same title, is in cinemas this year executive produced by Steven Soderbergh in association with Ken Loach’s Sixteen Films.

Please bring note taking materials


(Under 15K) with Vanessa Boyd
Wed 4th Sep - 7:00pm
Victorian Bar
2 hours 30 minutes
Free but Ticketed
Level: All
Suitable for: All

This workshop, led by Vanessa Boyd, Interdisciplinary Performance Officer of Creative Scotland, is for participants who are looking to apply to Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund and will specifically look at taking a small group of participants through an Under £15K application, taking you through each section in detail, offering some case study examples and providing further detail on what happens to your application once it has been submitted.’

Vanessa joined Creative Scotland in 2018 as Interdisciplinary Performance Officer. In this role Vanessa works across theatre, dance and visual art, holding responsibility for contemporary performance and live art in Scotland. Vanessa supports artists, producers and cultural organisations across areas including funding, development and advocacy and works to raise the profile of the arts in Scotland internationally.


Thu 5th Sep - 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 theatre folk 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.

 


Tue 10th Sep - 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: Monday 2 September

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.


Rehearsals for Tron Theatre's Autumn Production
Thu 12th Sep - 4:00pm
Education Suite
2 hours
FREE (closed to non-members)
Level: All
Suitable for: Directors

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

Observe Artistic Director Andy Arnold in rehearsals for this year’s autumn production. More details to be announced soon.

To book email creative@tron.co.uk


3 session workshop with Paul Brotherston
Fri 13th Sep - 6:30pm
Education Suite
3 hours
Non-Members 30
Members 15
Level: 1 - Beginner & 2 - Intermediate
Suitable for: Performers and Theatre Makers

3 session workshop Friday 13, Friday 20 and Friday 27 September.

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 the 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 as well as Bunny and Krapp’s Last Tape. He recently directed If You're Feeling Sinister, a collaboration with Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of Belle and Sebastian, in association with the Tron.

*To participate you must be available for all three sessions

£30 (£15) booking price includes all three sessions.

Please wear loose fitting clothes and bring note taking materials.


with David Nicholls of Brett Nicholls Associates
Wed 18th Sep - 7:00pm
Victorian Bar
2 hours
Non-Members 6
Members 3
Level: All
Suitable for: All

An information session on Theatre Tax Relief - free money from HMRC rebating certain costs of theatre production and available to any incorporated theatre company eligible to complete a corporation tax return (including charities).

Participants will leave with the ability to assess past and future productions as to their eligibility for TTR and take the next steps toward making a claim.

Brett Nicholls Associates are accountants and consultants with a specialism in the third sector and with arts organisations. For more information visit their website www.brettnichollsassociates.co.uk


with Michelle Ashton
Fri 20th Sep - 2:30pm
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 who will email Spotlight members with a booking link w/c 2 September. These places are FREE and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

With so many American plays, musicals and TV shows being produced in the UK, the ability to act convincingly in a Standard American accent is an essential tool for any actor. Whether you are completely new to the accent or just looking to brush up on your existing experience before an audition, this workshop aims to provide you with an overview of the pronunciation and rhythm of the accent in a fun and relaxed environment. You will have a chance to apply the work practically on sample audition texts (or bring your own text if you prefer) and receive feedback and direction from actor and voice coach Michelle Ashton.

Michelle Ashton is an actor, writer and voice coach based in Manchester and London. She gained an MA in Professional Voice Practice from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2017 and has experience of voice coaching in drama schools, theatre productions and with private clients. In addition to acting and teaching, Michelle also creates work for her theatre company Messy Dress Media. She has written and produced three stage plays: ‘Good Hidings’ (winner of the Forever Manchester Award 2009) ‘FINE’, which was performed in Manchester and London and ‘The Stars are Made of Concrete’ which was nominated for Best New Writing and Best Drama at the 2015 Greater Manchester Fringe festival. ‘Stars’ was subsequently chosen to be performed at the First Break Festival at Oldham Coliseum Theatre Studio during a tour of the North-West.


Tue 24th Sep - 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 Angela Galvin and guests
Tue 24th Sep - 7:00pm
Victorian Bar
2 hours 30 minutes
Free but Ticketed
Level: All
Suitable for: Writers

An informal panel discussion and Q&A with Angela Galvin, Development Producer of BBC Writersoom, and selected writers to be announced soon. The session will give attendees information on what the Writersroom does, how they work with writers and will include case studies of writers who have taken work from stage to screen.

BBC Writersroom is a cross-genre department for scripted content. We work with Drama, Comedy, CBBCCBeebies, Radio, Online - and others.

We work with and develop new and experienced writers.

We are part of BBC Commissioning within BBC Public Service.  We work with BBC Studios, BBC in-house and independent producers across the UK from our bases in London, Salford, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast.

We welcome approaches from Independent companies who have a track record of making quality Drama and Comedy for broadcast, and a history of supportive and creative relationships with writers. We would be happy to meet and discuss whether we could support your Comedy and Drama development slate for the BBC. Get in touch by emailing writersroom@bbc.co.uk.


 
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