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with Dominic Hill
Mon 22nd Oct - 1:30pm
Changing House
3 hours
Members 15
Non Members 30
Level: All
Suitable for: Performers/ Directors

An opportunity to work with director Dominic Hill to explore the makings of his current show, Cyrano De Bergerac (Citizens Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland and Royal Lyceum Edinburgh). Dominic will share his inspiration behind his approach to Edwin Morgan’s Scots adaption and the techniques used in the rehearsal room to make it all happen.

Dominic is Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, where he has directed work since 2011. In 2013, Dominic became the most recognised Director in the history of Scotland’s leading theatre awards: the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland, holding 14 nominations and six wins since the awards were established in 2004.

He was Artistic Director of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. He previously worked at Dundee Rep where he was first Associate Director and then, from 2003, Joint Artistic Director. Whilst at Dundee Rep Dominic directed Peer Gynt, in co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland, which won four CATS Awards and toured to the Barbican in London. Other credits include Falstaff and Macbeth (Scottish Opera) and The City Madam (RSC). He has directed in theatres in London and throughout the UK. 

*Please wear lose fitting clothes and bring a notepad and pen.


with Lou Prendergast
Mon 22nd Oct - 7:00pm
Changing House
2 hours
Members 15
Non-Members 30
Level: 1 - Beginner
Suitable for: All

In this practice-led event, participants will be guided through a gentle Hatha Yoga session with an emphasis on the Sanskrit concepts of Sthira and Sukha – comfort and steadiness. Yoga can guide us towards emotional and physical balance that can transcend the mat and contribute to more harmonious theatre-making processes. Theatre-maker and Yoga Instructor, Lou Prendergast, will share the Conscious Theatre Practice model that she developed across three theatre productions as part of her PhD.

Participants will learn some practical strategies around self-care while working on a theatre production, using breath and postures to create inner stillness. They will be introduced to ideas around developing a conscious theatre practice, guided by the ancient yogic Yamas and Niyamas. Beyond the physical aspects of yoga, there is a wealth of ancient philosophy that can be applied in contemporary contexts. The cultivation of an attitude of gratitude can fuel the creativity of theatre-makers.

Yoga instructor Lou Prendergast’s theatre-making practice grew from visual art training. Her writing, directing and performance practice is realised via a female perspective, social conscience and mixed-race sensibility. Productions include Whatever Happened to Harry? (Arches LIVE, 2012); Fifty Shades of Black (Ankur/Citizens Theatre, 2013); Fifty Shades of Black (Dub Version) (Ankur/CCA, 2013); Blood Lines (The Arches, Culture 2014); Tommy’s Song (NTS/Oran Mor, 2015) and Awkward: A Life in Twenty-Six Postures (Black Star Projects/Swallow Theatre, 2016).

*Please wear lose fitting clothes and bring a notepad and pen.


Tue 23rd Oct - 10:30am
Victorian Bar
7 hours
Members free but ticketed
Non Members 3
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 Maria Oller (Lung Ha Theatre Company), Elizabeth Newman (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), David Grieg (Lyceum Theatre), Ross MacKay (Tortoise in a Nutshell) & chaired by Fiona Sturgeon-Shea (Playwrights' Studio)
Wed 24th Oct - 7:45pm
Changing House
1 hours 15 minutes
Members 3
Non Members 6
Level: All
Suitable for: All

A panel discussion with the Artistic Directors of some of Scotland’s leading producing theatres exploring what it means to be an artistic director, career paths and the pitfalls and the priorities of running companies, buildings and sectors. Panel members include Maria Oller (Lung Ha), Ross MacKay (Tortoise in a Nutshell), David Greig (Royal Lyceum) and Elizabeth Newman (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), chaired by Fiona Sturgeon Shea (Playwrights Studio). 


Victorian Bar
2 hours
Free but ticketed
Level: All
Suitable for: All

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 openhouse@spotlight.com.

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.


Thu 25th Oct - 2:00pm
Thu 25th Oct - 2:30pm
Thu 25th Oct - 3:00pm
Thu 25th Oct - 3:30pm
Thu 25th Oct - 4:00pm
Meeting Room
30 minutes
Free but ticketed
Level: All
Suitable for: All

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.

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


Changing House
7 hours
Members 30
Non-Members 60
Level: All
Suitable for: Writers/ Theatre-Makers

“The way to write a good play is to convince yourself it is easy to do -then go ahead and do it with ease.”

Heeding Tennessee Williams’ advice, this workshop will offer up practical tools to make realising your stories for the stage feel a little easier.

Whether you’re starting out, need to be reminded of the basics to unlock an elusive idea or just want to explore someone else’s process, come along ready to analyse great writing and put pen to paper to unlock potential greatness. Exploring character, subtext and structure, participants will leave better equipped to tackle their dramatic writing with confidence and ease so they can realise their ambitious ideas for the stage.

Frances Poet is a Glasgow based playwright with sixteen years working as a Literary Manager and dramaturg for some of the UK’s leading theatre companies. Frances writes for stage, screen and radio. Recent work includes Gut (NTS, Traverse and Tron) and the multi-award winning Adam which is currently on tour. Frances is the 2018 IASH/Traverse Creative Fellow.

*Please bring note taking materials.


with Gavin Glover
Thu 1st Nov - 10:30am
Changing House
7 hours
Free but ticketed
Level: 1 - Beginner & 2 - Intermediate
Suitable for: Performers

In this experimental workshop we will be exploring the role of the actor and their relationship within some profound and somewhat disturbing puppet scenarios.

Definitely more for adults than children, these characters will leave their box and seize the stage from you. Think Theatre of Cruelty meets David Lynch with a smattering of Monty Python.

This is a free workshop in which Gavin will be testing out some new ideas. We are looking for some inquisitive actors and physical performers to try things out. No puppetry experience necessary.

Gavin Glover is used to working on the darker side of puppetry and is now developing ways to share and enhance this knowledge in a series of experimental workshops.

Founder member of the now defunct Faulty Optic which toured its dark surreal productions around the globe and freelance now for 10 years, he works with actors and directors coaching puppetry. Relevant menacing productions include A Christmas Carol and Tin Forest  (NTS), Ulysses (Abbey Theatre) , Feverdream (Citizens Theatre).


with David Loumgair (COMMON)
Thu 1st Nov - 7:00pm
Changing House
3 hours
Free but ticketed
Level: All
Suitable for: All

COMMON GROUND is an inclusive, supportive discussion exclusively aimed at artists who self-identify as working-class. This event will offer a platform for working-class artists based in Glasgow and the surrounding areas to discuss the barriers to career progression they face in UK theatre, and offer their suggestions of opportunities which could be created to help artists overcome these barriers.

Participants will take part in a supportive discussion contributing to the dialogue between the Tron Theatre and COMMON about how to effectively support working-class artists in this region.

COMMON is an arts organisation which exists to support the UK theatre industry in achieving greater socio-economic diversity, and help artists from working-class backgrounds build sustainable careers in theatre. We are an inaugural Associate Company of English Touring Theatre, collaborating with them to outreach our work across the UK and support the nationwide development of working-class artists. We are also proud to receive support from esteemed, working-class Patrons including Olivier award-winning playwright James Graham.

www.commontheatre.co.uk


with Morag Stark
Fri 2nd Nov - 10:30am
Changing House
7 hours
Members 30
Non Members 60
Level: 2 - Intermediate
Suitable for: Performers or those wanting to work on public speaking

The workshop will take a playful, practical approach to voice & accent work, inviting participants to try out and examine useful tools and techniques they can later apply to their performances. 

The day will consist of:

  • breath & release work
  • exercises for developing vocal range & resonance 
  • techniques for strengthening muscularity of speech sounds
  • an introduction to the major elements involved in breaking down a new accent
  • accent-learning tricks & tips
  • improvisation & text work
  • discussion & feedback

Participants will learn how to embrace and analyse your own unique vocal identity, get the most out of a vocal warm-up, approach learning a new accent, take ownership of a new accent, fill a performance space with your voice and how to connect clearly with your listener.

Morag has coached Voice and Accents at leading UK Drama Schools - East 15, LIPA, MMU and currently at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she initially studied. Following a 25-year performance career she was awarded a scholarship to train on the MA Voice Studies at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Recent coaching work with professional actors includes National Theatre of Scotland on their award-winning show Adam and the BBC 3 TV series Clique.


Thu 8th Nov - 10:15am
Education Suite
3 hours 15 minutes
Closed to Non-Members
Free to Members
Level: 2 - Intermediate & 3 - Advanced
Suitable for: Directors

Observe director and writer, Johnny McKnight, and cast in a rehearsal session for the Tron’s Christmas show, Mammy Goose.

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


with Michael John O'Neill
Mon 12th Nov - 2:00pm
Mon 12th Nov - 3:00pm
Mon 12th Nov - 4:00pm
Mon 12th Nov - 5:00pm
Meeting Room
1 hours
Closed to Non-Members
Free to Members
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 – Monday 12 November 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm.

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.

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


Wed 14th Nov - 1:30pm
Meeting Room
3 hours
Closed to Non-Members
Free to 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 November

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.


Wed 14th Nov - 7:30pm
Victorian Bar
2 hours
Members free but ticketed
Non Members 3
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.


with Hanna Streeter
Thu 15th Nov - 7:00pm
Victorian Bar
2 hours 30 minutes
Members 15
Non Members 30
Level: 1 - Beginner & 2 - Intermediate
Suitable for: Producers/ Writers

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.

"I think some theatre just saved my life." @kate_clement on Twitter

www.painesplough.com


with Alasdair Hunter
Wed 21st Nov - 7:00pm
Victorian Bar
2 hours 30 minutes
Members free but ticketed
Non Members 3
Level: All
Suitable for: Performers

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.


with Kenny Miller
Tue 27th Nov - 10:00am
Members 15
Non Members 30
Level: 2 - Intermediate & 3 - Advanced
Suitable for: Designers/ Directors that are interested in design

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

Vic Bar

  1. Participants are invited to the final dress rehearsal of Mammy Goose to see the designs brought to life and be taken through the changes from design to production.

Tuesday 27 November, 2pm (start time is currently estimated and will be confirmed closer to the date of the event). 

Main Auditorium

  1. Participants are invited to a backstage tour Mammy Goose to see the set and costumes up close and backstage requirements needed to make it all happen.

Thursday 6 December, 3pm

Main Auditorium

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.

 

 


Tue 27th Nov - 10:30am
Victorian Bar
7 hours
Members free but ticketed
Non Members 3
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 Rosalind Sydney
Mon 3rd Dec - 1:30pm
Education Suite
3 hours
Members 15
Non Members 30
Level: 1 - Beginner
Suitable for: Performers/ Directors/ Theatre-Makers

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


with Lucy Christopher
Mon 3rd Dec - 2:00pm
Mon 3rd Dec - 3:00pm
Mon 3rd Dec - 4:00pm
Mon 3rd Dec - 5:00pm
Meeting Room
1 hours
Closed to Non-Members
Free to Members

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…

  • Fundraiser – Monday 3 December 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm.

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).

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


Tue 4th Dec - 7:00pm
Victorian Bar
Free
Level: All
Suitable for: All

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.


with Cora Bissett
Mon 10th Dec - 10:30am
Education Suite
7 hours
Members 30
Non Members 60
Suitable for: Performers/ Directors/ Theatre-Makers

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.

 Participants will get first hand and frank insight into various different ways in which Cora’s shows have come about. These include interrogative techniques used to distil an idea to its strongest form and a chance to practice creating material from nothing working with other creatives in the room. You will strengthen confidence in your own ideas, share in ways to know how which idea to invest in, and how to best relay this idea to the people who can help make it happen.

 Cora is a multi-award winning actor/ director/ writer/mum behind productions such as the Fringe First winning What Girls Are Made Of, Glasgow Girls, Adam, Rites and Room. She has been an Associate Director at NTS since 2014 and run her own company Pachamama since 2009.

 *Please wear loose fitting clothes and bring note taking materials


Wed 12th Dec - 2:30pm
Meeting Room
Closed to Non-Members
Free to 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 3 December

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.


 
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