Workshops

Keeping on top of your craft requires conditioning. That's why we strive to deliver workshops that cover a wide variety of disciplines at a price that doesn't break the bank.

  • Weekly Acting Workouts

    Facilitated by Olivier Award Winner & Director of Electrolyte, Donnacadh O'Briain
    Four classes per week on Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
    Pay What You Can

    Weekly Acting Workouts

    In order to make the sessions as accessible as possible we have made them Pay What You Can. Once you have booked your slot, details of how to pay will be made available each week after the workshop.

    Looking at a different script every week, Donnacadh will lead a series of laboratory style rehearsal sessions using his particular approach to text and early rehearsals, with a few Zoom adaptations... The sessions are 'drop in', so you can join for as often or as little as suits you (space permitting), and they are a great opportunity to keep those acing muscles working while the industry is in lockdown

    Bringing together a range of influences, including Viewpoints, Linklater and Meisner, Donnacadh’s unique actor centric approach to early rehearsals is freeing, surprising and rigorous.

    Actors will be asked to do specific preparation on a different play text each week and will be given the details of how to join on Zoom in advance of the workshop.

    The Sessions

    Monday 'Workout' (10am - 1pm)

    10am Hellos | Yoga | Exploratory run of the opening section of the play | 11:30am tea break | Discussion of character, relationships, objectives and tactics | Continue exploratory run | 1pm Finish

    Wednesday character improvisation (5pm - 7pm)

    5pm Hellos | Improv Game | Discuss backstory to explore | begin backstory improvisations | 6pm tea break | feeding back on discoveries and setting next direction | Continue backstory improvisations | Finish

    Thursday 'workout' (10am - 1pm)

    10am Hellos | Yoga | Exploratory run of the opening section of the play | 11:30am tea break | Discussion of character, relationships, objectives and tactics | Continue exploratory run | 1pm Finish

    Thursday scene rehearsal (5pm - 7pm)

    5pm Hellos | Begin rehearsal style exploration on one scene or short section from the play | 6pm tea break | Continue exploration | 7pm Finish

    A bit about Donnacadh:

    Donnacadh is an award winning new work specialist whose productions have played at The Royal Shakespeare Company, in the West End, and internationally.

    His acclaimed production of Rotterdam by Jon Brittain won the 2017 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, playing in the West End, across the UK, and in New York after it's humble beginnings at Battersea's Theatre503. His recent production of gig-theatre hit Electrolyte by James Meteyard and Maimuna Memon for Wildcard has played two sell-out seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe and toured the UK and Ireland, with plans for performances in London and internationally

    Favourite productions include: Always Orange by Fraser Grace for the RSC, which reopened The Other Place Theatre; My World Has Exploded a Little Bit, and Rejoicing at her Wondrous Vulva the Young Woman Applauded Herself, both created with writer/performer Bella Heesom; PEEP at Edinburgh and Latitude festivals; a major Irish production of King Lear staring the late great Gerard Murphy; and as an Assistant director to Michael Boyd, the RSC’s multi award-winning Histories Cycle (The Guardian’s ‘Production of the Decade’). He has had the benefit of learning in the rehearsal rooms of Simon McBurney, Dominic Cooke, Greg Doran, Rebecca Gatward & Jonathan Mumby, and has been mentored by James Macdonald. He has taught and directed for most of the UK's top

    Drama Schools, in particular RADA, LAMDA and BOVTS.

    Donnacadh's website

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  • Story Structure as a Creative Tool

    Webinar Facilitated by Paul Smith
    7th August 13:00 - 15:00
    Free

    Story Structure As A Creative Tool Facilitated by Middle Child's Artistic Director Paul Smith.

    A workshop for writers, directors & theatre-makers.

    This practical workshop is for theatre-makers who are interested in learning about how to use story structure as a creative tool for making their own work.

    Led by Paul Smith, Artistic Director of the award-winning Middle Child, this workshop will give you a number of tools and techniques to better incorporate structure into your creative process.

    Middle Child We are a Hull-based company creating gig theatre that brings people together for a good night out with big ideas. We tell untold stories which capture the electrifying moment when the beat drops, mixing original live music with bold new writing. Our events are live and loud, making sense of the modern world. We are committed to breaking down barriers and ensuring that theatre is affordable and accessible for all. We will set fire to your expectations of what a night at the theatre can be.

    If you have any specific access requirements such as a BSL interpreter please do not hesitate to get in touch with james@wildcardtheatre.co.uk and we can arrange this.

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  • Making a Scene

    Webinar Facilitated by Oladipo Agboluaje
    14th August 13:00 - 15:00
    Free

    Making a Scene

    A scene is a unit of a play: it is a unit of action and of meaning. It is shorter than an act but longer than a beat which is the smallest unit of action in a play. Like a full-length play, a scene has a beginning, middle and end. It incorporates every aspect of a play within it - character development, cause and effect, setting, location, etc. Best of all, it helps you to divide up your play into parts that make a whole.

    In this workshop, we shall look at how we can create a full-length play by breaking it down into scenes. We shall see how scenes help to create change, increase conflict and maintain the dramatic logic of a play.

    We'll be working from scratch but ideally participants should have an existing idea they are working on, and to help them see how and if a scene is working in their script.

    Oladipo Agboluaje is a London-based playwright and tutor in Creative Writing. He was the 2018/19 National Theatre Writer in Residence. He has written several plays including Early Morning, The Christ of Coldharbour Lane and New Nigerians. He is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow and the Assistant General Secretary of the African Theatre Association.

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