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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.
At Paines Plough we are always looking for ways to demystify how we go about commissioning, producing and touring new plays in order to provide support for theatre makers at any stage of their careers.
Thinking about touring your show, writing a play or embarking on a career in producing? Join Paines Plough Senior Producer Hanna Streeter for a first steps workshop on how to produce and support new writing.
This workshop will be discussion based. Participants will learn how Paines Plough goes about commissioning and finding new writers, and how to produce and tour a new play, from budgeting to fundraising, tour booking, negotiating and marketing. This workshop is suitable for producers, and for writers who are interested in connecting with Paines Plough or producing their own work.
Hanna is the Senior Producer at Paines Plough. She joined the company as Administrator in 2010, before being appointed as Assistant Producer in 2012, Producer in 2014 and Senior Producer in 2016. She works with the joint Artistic Directors to programme and produce between eight and 12 productions in up to 86 places per year across four touring strands: small-scale, mid-scale, international and Roundabout, Paines Plough's newly invented in-the-round pop-up theatre.
While at Paines Plough Hanna has produced and toured plays by playwrights such as James Graham, Kate Tempest, Elinor Cook, Sabrina Mafouz, Mike Bartlett, Tom Wells, Anna Jordan, Dennis Kelly and Simon Stephens. Prior to working at Paines Plough Hanna has worked with curious directive, Stan Won't Dance, Curved Space, Arcola Theatre and the Greenwich and Docklands Festival. She has an MA in Arts Policy and Management from Birkbeck, University of London, and a BA honours in Performing Arts from the University of Chichester.
Paines Plough is the UK’s national theatre of new plays. We commission and produce the best playwrights and tour their plays far and wide. Whether you’re in Swansea or Sheffield, Glasgow or Gloucester, a Paines Plough show is coming to a theatre near you soon.
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Got an audition coming up? This workshop is a chance for actors to work on a monologue, push their work to the next level and get some feedback in a safe environment. Come with a speech prepared - this could be an old audition monologue that needs refreshing, something you've always loved, or a speech that pushes you in a new direction. It can be classical or contemporary. Share it with the group and receive clear, structured feedback focused specifically on you as a performer. You'll have the opportunity to play with your speech in front of a supportive audience of peers, facilitated by director Alasdair Hunter.
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.
This three part workshop will allow designers the opportunity to learn about the design process behind our 2018 Christmas show Mammy Goose.
In this workshop designer Kenny Miller will take participants through the research stages of the project, final costume and set designs, model box and the practicalities of making the design happen including technical requirements, costings and potential challenges.
Please note, participants attending parts 2 & 3 must have attended part 1.
Wednesday 3 October, 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Tuesday 27 November, 2pm (start time is currently estimated and will be confirmed closer to the date of the event).
Thursday 6 December, 3pm
This series of workshops aims to provide designers with the chance to see another designer’s work up close. Through the three events participants will be taken through the process of designing and building a mainstage show taking into account all departments, their responsibilities and priorities.
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.
What does a young audience demand from a performance? And how can we structure our stories to engage, challenge and entertain audiences under the age of 12?
A playful workshop where participants will learn about allowing your audience to be at the centre of the performance. Participants will explore techniques and structures that help to communicate with a young audience and that enhance the story and the characters within it.
Rosalind graduated from RSAMD (RCS) in 1998. Since then she has worked extensively as an actor and more recently as a director and theatre maker. The work she has become most passionate about is for young audiences. Her play Up To Speed, created with Laurie Brown and for 7 years+, has toured throughout the country and she recently created a piece of audio theatre for Perth Theatre called If These Walls Could Talk for everyone over the age of 8. Rosalind is directing Remember December for 3-6year olds for Christmas this year at the Tron.
*Please wear loose fitting clothing
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…
Business Development Manager Lucy Christopher will be available to talk all things fundraising including sponsorship, core funding and approaching Trusts and Foundations. If your query is about funding a production then you’re best to speak to Michael or Steph (dates above).
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Come and have a festive drink and see the Tron Theatre Company’s Christmas show, Mammy Goose, with your fellow MAKERS. Each MAKER will get a free drinks voucher. Book a ticket for the show through box office and we’ll be in the foyer from 7pm for you to collect your tickets and drinks vouchers from so come and say hello.
Cora will lead a full day workshop focusing on the various creative processes and practical means by which she has got her productions off the ground. Discussing productions including her recent fringe hit What Girls Are Made Of, Adam, Glasgow Girls, Room and GRIT. Cora will share processes of working with real life stories, dramatising real life, using verbatim, using cross form disciplines. She will also share experience of attaining funding, getting producers behind an idea and the dos and donts of pitching ideas. In the second half of the day we will use some simple devising tools to create the starts of ideas. Please come with a written synopsis of an idea you would like to discuss for feedback.
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 December
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.