Spring is a great time to take a chance on something new, and if you’re looking for a creative jump start to get you away from the computer and on your feet, there are a number of exciting possibilities coming up. Have you ever thought about writing for puppets? Commedia? Political theatre? The options below offer a bit of something for everyone.
Bunraku Puppetry Course
One day course: 17 March 2013
A day long workshop with a Warhorse puppeteer on the principals of Puppetry and their uses in Flabbergast Theatre’s work, specifically looking at Bunraku puppetry. lead by the Artistic Director Henry Maynard. £60. Booking here.
Augusto Boal Training: Rainbow of Desires Workshop
Two day course: Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th March 2013
The Change Collective has teamed up with Noh Budget Films to produce this workshop which will enable participants to use techniques from Augusto Boal’s Rainbow of Desire to explore internal oppressions or “cops in the head”. Concessions – £55 / Individuals – £75 / Organisations – £95. For workshop guide and booking form contact Catherine@pindroptheatre.com.
Creating Solo Performance Workshops – Conway Collective
6 week course: starting 6th April 2013, 10:30am – 12.30 pm
Led by Dr. Luke Dixon (author of “Play Acting”) and Sean Bruno (“Arresting Spoken Word Artist” BBC Radio), this six-week intensive course is focused on helping you develop the performance, dramaturgy and decision-making skills that will help you bring your ideas to life. £130 for 6 weeks. For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Four Workshops on Commedia dell’Arte
27 April – 18 May 2013, at ALRA (Academy of Live and Recorded Arts)
A series of 4 Workshops exploring the fundamentals of Commedia dell’Arte. So whether you’re interested in Commedia, a lover of physical comedy, or just looking to try something new, come and join us! £10 per workshop (payable on the day), or £30 for all four (paid in advance).
Saturday 27th April 10am -12pm – Masks and Physicality
Saturday 4th May 10am -12pm – Mime, Gibberish and Monologues
Saturday 11th May 10am -12pm – Gesture and Energy
Saturday 18th May 10am -12pm – Creating Performances
To register your interest: email Artistic Director Benjamin Gould at email@example.com or call 07847169383.
Writing for Radio – Arvon Course
Residential course: 24 – 29 June 2013
Radio needs writers who can work within the particular constraints of the medium. We will focus on ways of adapting novels or short stories, as well as how to write a treatment for an original idea, and, of course, how to write a radio play. All levels of experience welcome. The Gillian Hush Award is available to provide a free place to the winning writer. Regular fee: £620 shared room/£680 single room.
Dirty Great Dramatic Poetry – Soho Theatre
Wednesday 27 March 2013, 2pm – Soho Theatre
Join Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna, joint Fringe First winners for Dirty Great Love Story, for an unmissable workshop investigating poetry at its most theatrical. Through lively discussion, fresh exercises and the occasional couplet, Richard and Katie will explore the role of verse in dramatic writing: how to use it, how to write it (alone or as part of a team) and how to keep an audience entertained in the process. A workshop for writers of all levels – you do not have to already write poetry to benefit! (Although you probably shouldn’t hate it). £30/£25 concessions (£15 for Writers Centre Subcribers). Booking here.
Sources: Arts Council Newsletter, @Playwriting UK, Soho Theatre Newsletter