Masterclasses

Over the spring we will be offering an array of one-off masterclasses for you to discover something new or show off your skills. No experience necessary. Find more details on our website! All Masterclasses £5!

Masterclass Date Time Age
Play the Fool: Clowning Sunday 26 January 11am-3pm 12+
Playing with Shakespeare Friday 7 February 10am-1pm 8-11
Introduction to Movement Friday 7 February 6-8.30pm 17+
Monologue Lab Saturday 8 February 10.30am-4pm 14+
How to be a Guerilla Artist Saturday 8 February 1-5pm 16+
Devising Theatre: From Objects Sunday 9 February 11am-4pm 14+
Essential Filmmaking Skills Monday 10 February 10am-4pm 16-25
Play the Fool: Clowning Wednesday 12 February 6.30-8.30pm 50+
Devising Theatre: From Local History Sunday 23 February 11am-4pm 14+
Devising Theatre: From Music Sunday 8 March 11am-4pm 14+
What’s the story? A Playwriting Masterclass Sunday 22 March 10.30am-4pm 50+
Devising Theatre: From Real Stories Sunday 29 March 11am-4pm 14+
Shakespeare & Hip Hop Thursday 23 April 10am-12.30pm Secondary Schools Only
Shakespeare & Hip Hop Thursday 23 April 6-8.30pm 16+

Play the Fool: Clowning

Dates: 26 Jan 11am – 3pm (12+) & 12 Feb 6.30 – 8.30pm (50+)

Led by Kate Stevens

A fun-filled session taking us back to the basics of the clown. Come along to try out a bit of comedy and enjoy being silly.

No experience required, just a willingness to make a fool out of yourself!

Playing with Shakespeare

Dates: 7 Feb 10am – 1pm (8 – 11 Years)

Led by Nicholas Barton-Wines

Kings, ghosts, blood, and witches – what’s not to love? This playful session will look to the excitement of Shakespeare’s Macbeth as the group will focus on story to develop an enjoyment for the country’s most famous playwright. Confusing language not allowed.

Introduction to Movement

Dates: 7 Feb 6 – 8.30pm (17+)

Led by Nicholas Barton-Wines

This dynamic, practical workshop will look to answer what movement is and how it can be used in performance. With performance becoming more physical, this session will explore how awareness of the body can empower us to play in the devising process, develop characters, and create rich imaginative worlds.

Monologue Lab

Dates: 8 Feb 10.30am – 4pm (14+)

Led by Nicholas Barton-Wines

Thinking of auditioning for drama school? Not sure how to break down or rehearse your monologues? Interested in learning an actor’s process of tackling a monologue?

This workshop will take you through exercises and approaches to monologues which you can then apply to your own speeches for auditions.

How to be a Guerilla Artist

Dates: 8 Feb 1 – 5pm (16+)

Led by Kate Stevens

Guerilla Arts is a way of sharing your voice with the world by leaving anonymous art pieces in public places. The reasons can be varied; from making a political statement, to send out good karma, or to share your ideas.

Come along for this whirlwind tour of Guerilla Art and a fun-filled afternoon!

Devising Theatre: From Objects

Dates: 9 Feb 11am – 4pm (14+)

Led by Kate Stevens

How do you start a show from scratch? Devising is the process of creating a show from nothing.

The first stimulus to come out of our creative toolbox for devising is ‘objects’. How do we take an inanimate object and develop it into a piece of theatre.

This masterclass will give you the skills to create a performance considering space, light and sound all stemming from one object.

What to bring: 1 object of meaning. 1 object of no meaning.

Essential Filmmaking Skills

Dates: 10 Feb 10am – 4pm (16 – 25 Years)

Led by Alasdair Satchel

We’ll look at work from the dawn of cinema up to the present day and find out how it works.

We’ll cover film, sound and editing, with journeys into the land of story.

By the end of the day you will have made a short film of your own creation.

What to bring: Your phone with a camera app.

Devising Theatre: From Local History

Dates: 23 Feb 11am – 4pm (14+)

Led by Kate Stevens

How do you start a show from scratch? Devising is the process of creating a show from nothing.

The second stimulus to come out of our creative toolbox for devising is ‘local history’. How do we take an Inverclyde’s local history and develop it into a piece of theatre.

This masterclass with teach you how to take research and gut reactions to local history and turn them into a new performance.

What to bring: A story from local history or a historical article or artefact.

Devising Theatre: From Music

Dates: 8 Mar 11am – 4pm (14+)

Led by Kate Stevens

How do you start a show from scratch? Devising is the process of creating a show from nothing.

The third stimulus to come out of our creative toolbox for devising is ‘music’. How do we take a song, band or style of music and develop it into a piece of theatre.

This workshop will teach you basic physical theatre techniques as a starting point for devising theatre inspired by the stimuli of music.

What to bring: Your favourite song.

What’s the story? A Playwriting Masterclass

Dates: 22 Mar 10.30am – 4pm (50+)

Led by Ryan Hay

So you have an idea for a play. What next?

This masterclass will take a hands-on approach, exploring how playwrights can turn big ideas into stories that captivate and connect. Participants will work together to shape and share each other’s stories, and play with some of the principles of dramatic writing.

No previous experience is required! Just bring something to write on, and an open mind.

Devising Theatre: From Real Stories

Dates: 29 Mar 11am – 4pm (14+)

Led by Kate Stevens

How do you start a show from scratch? Devising is the process of creating a show from nothing.

The fourth and final stimulus to come out of our creative toolbox for devising is ‘real stories’. How do we take your own story and develop it into a piece of theatre.

This workshop will teach you to use your own voice and story in developing a performance. Real stories can include a childhood tale, a memory of your grandmother’s, or a newspaper article in today’s newspaper.

What to bring: A real story that you speaks to you on some level, whether that be a connection, an understanding or a misunderstanding.

Shakespeare & Hip Hop

Dates: 23 Apr 6 – 8.30pm (16+)

Led by Kate Stevens

Can you turn a Shakespeare play into a rap?

Together we will look at rapper, journalist, author, activist, and poet, Akala, and his discussion on Shakespeare’s language and rhythm and how it has influenced hip-hop.

We will learn how to make Shakespeare more comfortable to read and understand by focussing on the iambic rhythm he uses in his plays and poems.

No previous rapping or Shakespeare experience necessary, just a whole bunch of enthusiasm!