Preparation & Instinct


with Olivier Award Winner, Donnacadh O’Briain

2 day course

Fri 8 & Sat 9 Oct

9.30am – 2.30pm

Location: Wildcard Studios

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Preparation and Instinct | Creating a Living Performance

This workshop will look at the two distinct strands of preparing for a role – the process of preparing in isolation; both before the beginning of rehearsals and through the rehearsal process; and the very different and distinct process of working through a play with other actors and a director.

The group will work through a series of methods for maximizing the effectiveness of both of these periods which will give the participants an understanding of how to release their instinct, to help them find the elusive ‘being in the moment’.

Day 1 will have two strands. 1) working through character prep, and 2) working through Donnacadh’s rehearsals strategies for unlocking text in the early part of rehearsals.

Day 2 will be tailored to the group, and be focused on digging into the 2-person scenes, prepped on day 1.

Actors are invited to apply as pairs, or individually.



2 day course

Friday 8th & Saturday 9th October

Time: 9.30am – 2.30pm

Location: Wildcard Studios, 18 Balderton Street, London, W1 K6TG

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 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 further London and international dates. 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.

Other productions include: Always Orange by Fraser Grace for the RSC, which reopened The Other Place; 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 for All About You at Ovalhouse; Mother Christmas at Hampstead Theatre; PEEP at Edinburgh and Latitude festivals; a major Irish production of King Lear; 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. In 2020 he created The Practice Room, a space for working actors to grow and evolve.

For more, check out Donnacadh’s Website



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.