Approaching R&D


with Iskandar اسكندر bin Sharazuddin

4 weeks

5th 12th, 19th and 26th March

10am – 4pm

Location: Wildcard Studios

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Approaching R&D

with Iskandar اسكندر bin Sharazuddin

Following on from his one-off workshop on approaching R&D last term, Iskandar returns with a more in depth look at R&D.

Research & Development (R&D) is something we all come across at some point as theatre-makers but what is it?

A cornerstone of the theatre-making process?
An excuse for aimless play around a theme?
A very specific process to test a piece of new writing?

This series of four workshops explores different methods of approach to R&D and what it means to nurture a creative space conducive to play and spontaneity, while acknowledging the importance of setting clear artistic objectives, after all, what are you going to tell the Arts Council?
Iskandar explores R&D from an image based creative practice using embodied movement, collaborative writing, and games designed to generate content.
Exploring a range of physical and text-based approaches to working, we will unpack, uncover, and understand what an R&D is and how it can help you whether you’re making your own work or someone else’s.
This workshop is for anyone interested in R&D, creatives & actors alike. However, it will include some physical work so please wear clothing you can move in.


4 x Saturdays 

5th March, 12th March, 19th March and 26th March

Time: 10am – 4pm

Where: Wildcard Studios, 18 Balderton Street, W1K 6TG

About Iskandar:

Iskandar R. bin Sharazuddin is a multidisciplinary theatre artist, movement practitioner, creative producer, and award-winning playwright. He is the Joint Artistic Director of British East & Southeast Asian led theatre company, Ellandar Productions, where he focuses on new writing about and by the BESEA and diverse British Muslim communities and physical storytelling.
He is passionate about making work collaboratively and embedded within communities and is the Communities Associate at Headlong Theatre. He currently lectures in movement and improvisation at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Arts Educational Schools London. He has developed and led bespoke creative learning programmes for theatre companies, the BBC, Oxford School of Drama, and as a visiting creative practitioner in higher education and secondary schools around the country.
His first play was the recipient of the Soho Theatre Tony Craze Playwriting Award and long listed in the Top 100 Plays for the Bruntwood Playwriting Prize. His most recent dance-theatre work, (un)written • (un)heard which he co-conceived with choreographer Iona Kirk and co-produced with 45North was developed for Fringe World Festival Western Australia and was awarded the international Dance & Physical Theatre Award. He is the current Deputy Skills & Movement Director for Improbable & English National Opera’s production of Satygraha.


At Wildcard we believe everyone should have the chance to be creative. We want all our courses to be as open and inclusive as possible to anyone that wants to take part. We are aware that the cost of workshops and regular training is a key barrier in our industry for many people.

With this in mind, we are pleased to be able to offer 2 free places on each course.

If you are interested, please fill in this form where you can tell us a bit about yourself and let us know which course you are interested in:

Apply for a bursary!

Bursary places will be offered out no later than 2 weeks before the course begins.

For further enquiries about this workshop please email emily@wildcardtheatre.co.uk


Payment Plans:

We are pleased to be able to offer a bespoke payment plan on all of our courses. If you are interested setting one up, please contact Emily with which course you are interested in and we can get your place secured.