Routes Into New Writing Through Devising

Routes Into New Writing Through Devising

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29 June at 10:00 am 11:30 am

£5.00

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Routes Into New Writing Through Devising
£ 5.00
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Creating Autobiographical Performance Work

Creating Autobiographical Performance Work

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11 July at 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

£5.00 | 18+

Join performance artist Krishna Istha for a workshop that explores how artists and performers can craft autobiographical, genre-pushing works. Participants will delve into idea-generating exercises, examining the use of personal experiences to shape stories, experimenting with form and structure, and will be encouraged to create their own material. Presented by Queer Amusements as part of The Old Electric’s Power Plays festival and Showtown’s The Blackpool Laughter Festival. Queer Amusements is commissioned by Marlborough Productions, as part of their New Queers on the Block programme, Aunty Social and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

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Creating Autobiographical Performance Work
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About Krishna Istha

Krishna Istha is a London-based performance artist, comedian, theatre maker and screenwriter. They create socially conscious, form-pushing works about taboo or underrepresented experiences of gender, race and sexual politics. 

They were a Barbican Centre Open Lab artist (2021-22) and an Arts Admin Bursary Artist (2020-21). They were one of two shortlisted writers for the SKY Arts & Royal Society of Literature Writers Awards under screenwriting (2022), and came Runner-Up on Screenshot (2021) — a competition for comedy writer-performers hosted by Sister Pictures and South of the River Pictures.

Most recently, they wrote on Netflix’s Sex Education (Season 4, Episode 3), is a Netflix Documentary Talent Fund recipient, and one of the comedians featured on the Netflix Special Hannah Gadsby’s Gender Agenda

‘Verbatim’ – Creating Theatre From Real Life

‘Verbatim’ – Creating Theatre From Real Life

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18 July at 4:00 pm 6:00 pm

£5.00 | 16-25s

The world is full of amazing stories. Wouldn’t they all just make great plays?
Well, yes and no.
Theatre Factory artists will take you through some of the basic thinking necessary before you start your Theatre From Real Life project.

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‘Verbatim’ – Creating Theatre From Real Life
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About Theatre Factory

Theatre Factory is a company of professional theatre makers. It was formed in 1997 to provide a place in Barrow-in-Furness for people, especially young people, to come and make original, new drama based on their own ideas, through improvising, playing, writing and generally messing around.

We have particular interests in young artists, neuro and gender diversity, mental health and well-being and social justice. Theatre Factory are based in the Cooke’s Arts and Media Centre where we have a fully equipped theatre studio and room to act, improvise, make things, move around, puppet, bang drums, animate, perform and film.

Theatre Factory runs all kinds of projects: theatre (indoors, outdoors and online), animation, writing, digital and sound. We make stories in collaboration with children, young people and the occasional adult. Their ideas, your ideas, are at the heart of everything we do. We share those stories locally and regionally from our home in Barrow-in-Furness.

https://www.theatrefactory.org/

Artist Development: Starting a Solo Show

Artist Development: Starting a Solo Show

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6 July at 1:00 pm 3:00 pm

£5.00 | 18+

As part of her residency at The Old Electric, Martha Pailing brings a one-off workshop on how to start your own solo show.

If any of the following questions have ever entered your mind, then this is workshop is for you:

What’s the first step to making a solo show?
Can I go it completely alone?
How do I motivate myself in the rehearsal room?
How do I generate a whole hour of decent material?
What the eff is a R&D?
Am I even a real artist if I’m not making loads of ££ from start to finish?

The creative journey of a solo show can look very different for each artist but there are a few commonalties that weave through many.

This workshop will offer support in arguably the most challenging bits in the solo creating process – the start! Using Pailing’s personal experience of ‘making solo stuff’, this afternoon will provide a supportive space for artists to explore, develop, share and embrace their creativity, as well as understanding some of the practical bits.

This workshop is aimed at early career theatre makers, performers, spoken word artists (and all those who fall somewhere in between) who are thinking about making their own solo show. Please have your lunch before (nothing creatively good ever came from an empty stomach) and bring something to write on/with.

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Artist Development: Starting a Solo Show
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About Martha Pailing

Martha Pailing is a writer, spoken word and performance artist. Her writing often blends personal material with fictional characters to create absurd and tender narratives. MP’s work considers what it is to remain empathetic and soft in a brutal, emotionally temperamental world.

MP’s past work includes commissions for the Roundhouse, The Royal Court, Essex Book Festival, METAL Southend and Penned In The Margins. She has performed across the UK including the Roundhouse, The Royal Court, the Barbican Centre, LADA, People’s Palace, Curve Theatre, Bootleg Social and, of course, The Old Electric.

https://www.marthapailing.com

When You Don’t Have The Words…

When You Don’t Have The Words…

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23 June at 10:00 am 3:00 pm

£5.00 | 18+

This workshop will focus on helping you develop story ideas through physical devising methods, focusing on themes of otherness and identity, we will explore what you can say when you don’t have the words.

The workshop will be playful and focus on opening up the expressive body and its potential to tell stories, express emotions and character.

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When You Don't Have The Words…
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About Elinor Randle

Elinor is Artistic Director and co-founder of Tmesis & Physical Fest. She has performed in or directed, all of Tmesis Theatre’s past productions, touring nationally and internationally for the past 18 years, receiving critical acclaim for the work and development of physical theatre through the international festival, Physical Fest.

Elinor also works as a Director or Movement Director for many companies and artists nationally and internationally, including, English Touring Theatre, Leeds Playhouse, 20 Stories High, Box of Tricks, Lizzie Nunnery, Peepolykus, Fadunito, Rowena Gander,  Surge Festival and the Everyman and Playhouse.

www.elinorrandle.com

About Tmesis Theatre

Tmesis Theatre, based in Liverpool; create, develop and share passionate and playful contemporary physical theatre through touring productions, training programmes and their international festival, Physical Fest. They make challenging, inspiring and engaging physical theatre that explores all that it is to be human through stories, themes and strong ensemble work.

www.tmesistheatre.com

Activity & Audience with Andy Smith

Activity & Audience with Andy Smith

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16 June at 2:00 pm 4:00 pm

£5.00 | 14+

What does an audience do? How can they be active in the making of a play? Ahead of a performance of A CITIZENS’ ASSEMBLY, in this workshop acclaimed theatre maker Andy Smith will introduce and explore methods and techniques for writing plays and works for performance that create and offer space to invite an audience to actively engage with the stories, themes and ideas they present.

Book your place for ‘A CITIZENS’ ASSEMBLY‘ performance

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Activity & Audience with Andy Smith
£ 5.00
16 available

About Andy Smith

Dr Andy Smith is a theatre-maker and Lecturer at The University of Manchester based in Lancaster. For the last six years he has been developing a series of PLAYS FOR THE PEOPLE designed for audiences and groups of people to meet and read together. Each play aims to present ideas, questions and dilemmas that encourage discussion between participants.

“I am a theatre-maker based in the North-West. For some time now and for various reasons I’ve been thinking about how I can create work that travel to and operate in my locality, and potentially reach and listen to broader communities. Power Plays feels important to me for lots of reasons. A fostering of new voices from a particular place and a challenge to who might speak and be spoken for. I am really thrilled to be a part of it.”

www.andysmiththeatre.com

Poetry, Performance and Story Telling

Poetry, Performance and Story Telling

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1 June at 12:00 pm 2:00 pm

£5.00 | 18+

A one off workshop which will look at how to use poetry as a powerful form of story telling. Here, a number of creative tools which will not only unlock the stories you want to tell, but how to write with rhyme and rhythm, build engaging narratives whilst using metaphors and symbols to keep the audience interested and entertained. There will also be a performance aspect of the workshop, where the participants will bring their work to life, and develop crucial skills in how to hold space on stage.

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Poetry, Performance and Story Telling
£ 5.00
16 available

About Rory Aaron

Born in Derby but based in Manchester, Rory moves between the worlds of poetry, music and theatre. An experienced creative facilitator, educator and youth worker, Rory was a part of the BBC New Creatives scheme in 2020, and has showcased his work with organisations such as MIF, Young Identity and Apples and Snakes . Rory has published his first collection with Bearded Badger press, and his second with Verve Press in April 2023. His first two person play ‘This Town’ debuted at Contact & Derby Theatre in March 2023, and has been commissioned by The Pleasance and Curve Theatre for this years Edinburgh Fringe.

Reimagining Gothic Horror

Reimagining Gothic Horror

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26 May at 11:00 am 1:30 pm

£5.00 | 16+

Jonathan Goodwin of Don’t Go Into The Cellar explores ways of adapting source material as a starting point when developing new performance pieces. From Dorian Gray, to Frankenstein, Baskervilles, or Poe – be prepared to embrace the darker side of your imagination! Please ensure to bring a notebook and pen to this session

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Reimagining Gothic Horror
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About Jonathan Goodwin

Artistic Director Jonathan Goodwin has been fascinated with the Victorian and Edwardian eras since childhood – the first novel he can recall reading is The Hound of the Baskervilles. On his bookshelves are innumerable titles on historic crime and late nineteenth century’s greats of popular fiction. He believes a degree of artistic licence is allowed – however macabre the subject matter!

The Art of Adaptation

The Art of Adaptation

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25 May at 2:00 pm 5:00 pm

£5.00 | 16+

From Heart of Darkness to Dracula, Night of the Living Dead, and most recently Frankenstein, imitating the dog have become known for their bold and thrilling multi-media retellings of well-known stories from the worlds of novels and cinema.

In this masterclass, writer/director and ITD co-artistic director Andrew Quick will share with you the processes and principles that guide the company’s creative choices as they adapt these classic texts. You will then have a chance to practically explore some of the questions and decisions necessary to adapt an existing narrative of your choice and develop an original treatment for the stage. Please bring along a brief plot synopsis of a story you know well from a generally well-known fictional novel or film. A familiarity with existing adaptations of that story in other media may also be helpful but not essential.

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About Andrew Quick

Andrew is a founder member and Co-Artistic Director of imitating the dog. Andrew leads on writing for the company and has directed a number of productions. He also teaches at Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts (LICA) at Lancaster University and has published widely on contemporary art practices.

Exploring Creative Writing – Using Place and Space

Exploring Creative Writing – Using Place and Space

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11 May at 2:00 pm 4:30 pm

£5.00 | 16+

Have you ever looked at a blank page and felt fear! This is a creative writing workshop that playfully looks at ways to create material without being chained to a desk. We will walk around Blackpool town centre where all the material is waiting to be found. Blackpool is a place alive with inspiration, on the promenade, in the graffiti, over hearing conversations. It is amazing what can happen being still, really looking and observing for 10 mins.

We will be trying out different techniques to form creative writing ideas without pressure, experimenting and having fun meeting other creatives.

This workshop is suitable for writers of all levels but might be helpful for neurodivergent writers who want different techniques to create material. You will need a book, pen, or phone however you want to write! Snack, refreshments.

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Exploring Creative Writing – Using Place and Space
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About Dora Violet Colquhoun

Dora Colquhoun is a queer neurodivergent artist. She has 10 years’ experience making theatre and recently created ADHD The Musical the successful sell out show. Having ADHD has informed Dora’s creative practice, Dora is passionate about finding innovative ways to write that are accessible and engaging. 

www.doraviolet.co.uk