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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  • Writing for TV

    Webinar Facilitated by James Graham
    3rd July 13:00 - 15:00
    Free

    Writing for TV

    In this free Webinar James Graham will talk through the basics of writing for TV. Looking at what is particular about the form, James will discuss how it differs from writing for theatre, how to get from an idea to a pilot and what unique challenges to watch out for along the way.

    A bit about James:

    James Graham OBE FRSL (born 8 July 1982) is a British playwright and screenwriter. His work has been staged throughout the UK and internationally, at theatres including the Bush, Soho Theatre, Clwyd Theatr Cymru and the National Theatre.

    Graham's first professional play Albert's Boy was produced by the Finborough Theatre in London, where Graham became playwright-in-residence. His first major play This House was commissioned by the Royal National Theatre, where it was critically and commercially acclaimed, transferred to the larger Olivier Theatre, and was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best New Play. This House was revived in 2016 and ran for two years, first in the West End and then on a national tour. In 2018 Graham won his first Olivier Award, for Labour of Love as best new comedy (his other play Ink was nominated for an Olivier in the same year). He wrote the book for the Broadway musical Finding Neverland, and two of his own plays, Privacy and Ink (for which he received his first Tony Award nomination), transferred to Broadway.

    Graham's debut feature film X+Y premiered in 2015, and he has written numerous TV dramas, including the TV films Coalition (which won the Royal Television Society award for Best Single Film) and Brexit: The Uncivil War (nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie). In 2019 Graham wrote and executive produced a three-part TV adaptation of his stage play Quiz which aired in 2020.

    In June 2018 Graham was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in its "40 Under 40" initiative. In January 2019, Graham's life and work was the subject of an in-depth BBC One documentary as part of the Imagine series. In May 2019 his play This House was voted Play of the Decade in Bloomsbury Publishing's '60 Years of Modern Plays' public vote. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to drama and young people in British theatre.

    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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  • The Big Idea

    Webinar Facilitated by Tanika Gupta
    8th July 11:00 - 13:30
    Free

    ‘The Big Idea.' What is the idea behind your play?

    In this Free Webinar Tanika will talk about some of the ideas behind her plays and will look at how to distil your idea and writer's voice.

    STEPHEN JEFFRIES

    'The definition of a good play is one that:

    Says something about the state of the world'

    This means that your play has to be about something, about the human condition, about an event, a moment in history or contemporary times. And all this is done through live storytelling, with a few characters, actors who will speak your words to an audience. Things have to happen in your play, you have to entertain your audience, make them think, make them laugh and cry; it needs to be set somewhere interesting but doesn’t have to be linear or chronological, characters must do things on stage as well as talk to each other (or not). It’s your play, so you can do whatever you want. Characters can sing, dance, play music or fly on a trapeze.

    But most importantly, there needs to be a big idea behind the play. There will of course be many ideas in the play – but it is always advisable to have a central argument that everything in the play hangs off.

    I will talk a little about some of the ideas behind my plays and we will look at how to distil your idea and how important it is to find your writer’s voice.

    (N.B When I say ‘play’, I am specifically talking about a stage play in this workshop, though we will touch on other genres briefly)

    If you have any specific access requirements for this workshop, such as requiring a BSL interpreter, please get in touch with James on james@wildcardtheatre.co.uk.

    A bit about Tanika:

    Tanika Gupta MBE FRSL

    Over the past 25 years Tanika has written over 25 stage plays that have been produced in major theatres across the UK and has written extensively for BBC Radio drama. Some of her Theatre credits include: A Doll’s House (Lyric Hammersmith) Red Dust Road – adaptation of Jackie Kay’s memoir (NT Scotland) ; Bones (Central School for Speech and Drama) Hobson’s Choice (Manchester Royal Exchange); Lions And Tigers (Globe Theatre. Winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2018); A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (Hull Truck Theatre); Midsummer Night’s Dream (Globe Theatre –Dramaturg); Anita and Me (Birmingham Rep); Love N Stuff (Theatre Royal Stratford East); The Empress (Royal Shakespeare Company); Wah! Wah! Girls - A British Bollywood Musical (Sadler’s Wells); Mindwalking (Bandbazi Theatre); Great Expectations (Watford Palace Theatre/English Touring Theatre); Meet The Mukherjees (Bolton Octagon Theatre); White Boy (National Youth Theatre/Soho Theatre); Sugar Mummies (Royal Court Theatre); Gladiator Games (Sheffield Crucible Theatre); Hobson’s Choice (Young Vic); Fragile Land (Hampstead Theatre); Inside Out (Clean Break); Sanctuary, Brecht’s The Good Woman Of Setzuan and The Waiting Room (National Theatre); Skeleton (Soho Theatre); and A River Sutra (Indoza).

    Some of her Television credits include: Doctors, London Bridge, All About Me, EastEnders, Grange Hill, The Bill, Flight, Banglatown Banquet, Our Lives As Animals ,The Fiancee and Bideshi.

    Some of her Radio credits include: Trumpet, A Passage To India, Death of a Matriarch, The Home and The World, Emma, Writing The Century, Bindi Business, Song Of The Road, The God Of Small Things, Baby Farming and Ibsen’s A Doll’s House.

    In 2008 Tanika was awarded an MBE for Services to Drama and in 2016 was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Tanika has an honorary doctorate in the Arts from Chichester University and is an Honorary Fellow at Rose Bruford College and Central School of Speech and Drama.She won the James Tait Black award in 2018 for her play Lions and Tigers.

    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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  • Being Creative in Challenging Times

    Webinar Facilitated by Anna Jordan
    14th July 11:00 - 13:00
    Free

    Being Creative in Challenging Times

    These are extraordinary times. As writers how can we stay creative when life is so challenging? In this online workshop we will experiment with a number of exercises for kickstarting creativity and writing our way through limitations both physical and emotional. We will discuss different techniques for staying creative and how to cast fresh eyes on existing work. All you need is a pad and pen.

    Biog: Anna Jordan is a writer, director, teacher and workshop facilitator. As a writer TV includes SUCCESSION (HBO) Season 1 and KILLING EVE (BBC America) Season 3. Theatre includes: WE ANCHOR IN HOPE (Bunker / Royal Court Theatre) POP MUSIC (Paines Plough / Birmingham Rep), THE UNRETURNING (Frantic Assembly / Theatre Royal Plymouth) and MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN. (Royal Exchange / Headlong). Anna won the Bruntwood Prize in 2013 for her play YEN, which has had productions at The Royal Exchange, Royal Court Theatre and MCC New York as well as several international productions.

    Directing includes TOMORROW I’LL BE HAPPY (NT Shed / Connections), CRYSTAL SPRINGS (Eureka Theatre San Francisco) FREAK (Assembly Rooms / Theatre503), TOUCHED / THREE WINTERS / THE CRUCIBLE (Italian Conti) and EARTHQUAKES IN LONDON (Arts Ed).

    Anna has taught at RADA, LAMDA, Arts Ed, Central and Italia Conti.

    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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  • Dramatic Action

    Webinar Facilitated by Simon Stephens
    24th July 13:00 - 15:00
    Free

    Dramatic Action - Facilitated by Simon Stephens

    In an unapologetic act of pedagogical theft Simon is going to steal a workshop as suggested by Stephen Jeffreys in his masterpiece PLAYWRITING. He will do this in order to look at the kind of decisions he himself makes when making a scene.

    This will be an interactive workshop for 8 writers, with up to 490 viewers able to observe the workshop alongside. To book your place as an observer please click below.

    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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  • 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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