Bristol Old Vic

Learn How to Prep for an Audition

Workshop led by Maisie Newman
Price:
Free (+ donations)
Duration:
3 hours
Ages:
16–30 Years

Join Bristol based performance director Maisie Newman as she leads you through quick and easy vocal and physical warm-up exercises. This will involve breathing and grounding exercises for anxiety and nerves, as well as a range of ways to prepare your script and character ahead of the audition itself. This workshop is suitable for emerging actors, anyone auditioning for drama schools, colleges and university courses or anyone trying to take their first step into professional acting.

Maisie Newman is a Bristol based director, who has directed award winning productions across the South West. She is co-director of Fen and recently directed How to start a Fire with Out of Joint as well as Antigone with the Bristol Old Vic Young Company. Associated companies include Headlong Theatre, Out of Joint, Twisted Theatre, Bristol Old Vic’s Engagement department and Propolis Theatre.

  • 6:00pm
Bristol Old Vic

An Introduction to Music and Sound for Theatre

Workshop led by Jack Orozco Morrison
Price:
Free (+ donations)
Duration:
2 hours
Ages:
14+

The sound and music that you hear whilst watching a piece of theatre has the power to hugely alter your experience; to immerse you, move you, surprise you, and even change the way you perceive the performance as a whole. In this workshop, Jack will show the process by which he creates the soundtrack and sound design for a show; from creating initial ideas to using QLab in a live performance. No prior knowledge is needed, only interest! 

Jack Orozco Morrison is a Bristol-based composer, sound designer and theatre-maker. He participated in Bristol Old Vic’s Made in Bristol course in 2015/16 and has since worked as both a freelance artist and with Bristol Old Vic’s Engagement department, as a musical director and workshop leader.

  • 6:00pm
Bristol Old Vic

Devise and Collaborate... Remotely

Workshop led by Josie Dale-Jones (ThisEgg)
Price:
Free (+ donations)
Duration:
3 hours
Ages:
16+

In a rehearsal room we are all performers, makers, directors & an audience. When we are at home, we are trying to continue being all of those things as well as generally being a human person in this wild world. How can we make that a little bit easier? How can we have a bit more control over what we are making? What are we making for in this UNCERTAIN time?

This workshop is about staying connected, the skills we can transfer easily, and the new forms and collaborations we could create.

Josie Dale-Jones is a theatre maker, producer & performer. Josie mostly works under ThisEgg. ThisEgg makes theatre that plays with theatrical form, celebrating the here and now of the live event. Responding to the world we are living in, ThisEgg invites audiences to imagine into a potentially better future. ThisEgg’s work is firmly rooted in the hope that theatre can be a motivational force for social change.

  • 6:00pm
Bristol Old Vic

Write Lyrics and Performance Poetry

Workshop led by Rider Shafique
Price:
Free (+ donations)
Duration:
3 hours
Ages:
14–25 Years

Join Rider Shafique as he goes through his creative journey and process of making. This workshop will encourage you to write lyrics and poetry from your own perspective, to value your own identities, experiences, cultures and heritages and to make use of what surrounds you when you write.

Rider Shafique is a lyricist, poet, MC, recording artist and all-round creative from Gloucester. Rider’s voice can be found on various recordings across multiple musical genres, documentaries and audiobooks, as well as Apple’s official UK advert in 2019. Rider is also involved in producing creative projects using various disciplines and means of expression centred around identity, race and culture.

  • 6:00pm
Bristol Old Vic

Learn How to Tell a Story

Workshop led by Maisie Newman & Emma Hughes
Price:
Free (+ donations)
Duration:
1 hour
Ages:
5–10 Years

Discover classic narratives, modern tales and plot twists in this fun workshop for 5–10 year olds, packed with tips and tricks for telling an engaging story.

We all know the STORY is what lies at the heart of a show. But HOW a story is told is even more important! Learn what makes audiences cry, gasp and howl with laughter by joining us for an hour of creative activities and drama games that will make you into a master storyteller!

Maisie Newman is a Bristol based director, who has directed award winning productions across the South West. She is co-director of Fen and recently directed How to start a Fire with Out of Joint as well as Antigone with the Bristol Old Vic Young Company. Associated companies include Headlong Theatre, Out of Joint, Twisted Theatre, Bristol Old Vic’s Engagement department and Propolis Theatre.

Emma Hughes is an independent producer, curator and artist specialising in interactive and immersive experience making, and a member of Leave the Light Ensemble (Buffering, Bristol Old Vic, 2020). As an advocate of the arts and outdoors for health and wellbeing, she places community at the heart of her practice, facilitating creative expression and engagement with the natural world through making and producing work that is playful, accessible and innovative in its use of emerging technology. As researcher and curator for virtual reality (VR) exhibition company Limina Immersive, she has produced and curated sell-out VR events, as well as managing the set up of the UK’s first dedicated arts VR theatre.

  • 10:30am
Bristol Old Vic

Celebrating Failure and The 'Badly Behaved' Actor

Workshop led by Julia Head & Alice Lamb (FullRogue)
Price:
Free (+ donations)
Duration:
2 x 2 hours
Ages:
16+

Love. Generosity. Sabotage. FullRogue exists to Stress-Test* new texts. At the core of this testing is working with 'badly behaved' actors. We believe every actor has just as much creative agency as anyone else. They just have to make their decisions live, onstage, in front of a paying audience. This workshop is for any actor or performer who wants to be less well behaved and who wants to celebrate failure.

*Stress-test: A form of deliberately intense testing used to determine the stability and resilience of a given system. It involves testing beyond normal operational capacity, often to a breaking point, in order to observe the results.

Alice Lamb is an actor and theatre maker from Bristol. She trained at Manchester School of Theatre. Her acting credits include; Wild Swimming (FullRogue/Bristol Old Vic), Goldilock Stock and The Three Smoking Bears (Wardrobe Theatre/Theatre Royal Plymouth), Autobiographer (Melanie Wilson & Fuel). She is the co-creator of Mental by Kane Power Theatre which won the first Mental Health Award at the Edinburgh Fringe. She is a cast member of the world’s longest-running improvised narrative Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera (Wardrobe Theatre).

Julia Head is a director of live work from Bristol. She works extensively with Bristol Old Vic’s Engagement department and was awarded the Henry Augustine Forse Award for her contribution to Engagement. In 2018 she received a Bristol Old Vic Ferment Leverhulme Arts Scholarship to develop her practice. She is the Company Director of Young SixSix, an Associate Director of Twisted Theatre and a trustee of MAYK. Julia is one of the Headlong Origins Director for 2021.

  • 7:00pm
Bristol Old Vic

Starting a Career in Theatre and The Arts

Workshop led by Maisie Newman (Bristol Old Vic) & Elinor Lower (Rising Arts Agency)
Price:
Free (+ donations)
Duration:
3 hours
Ages:
14–25 Years

Why is figuring out how to take your first steps into working in theatre and the arts SO HARD? We want to spend a few hours with you going over (in detail!) the different routes and ways into starting a career in the arts. Which A Levels are useful? What if you don’t want to do A Levels? Which higher education courses are the best and what if you don’t want to go to university? Which organisations in the South West are the most useful to connect with? How do you get money for making stuff? How do you get support?

Suitable for anyone aged 14–25 who is interested in working in theatre, performing arts, art, music. Teachers are also welcome in an observational capacity.

Maisie Newman is a Bristol based director, who has directed award winning productions across the South West. She is co-director of Fen and recently directed How to start a Fire with Out of Joint as well as Antigone with the Bristol Old Vic Young Company. Associated companies include Headlong Theatre, Out of Joint, Twisted Theatre, Bristol Old Vic’s Engagement department and Propolis Theatre.

Elinor Lower (she/they) is a theatre-maker, writer and dramaturg. They are also Creative Practice Coordinator for Rising Arts Agency, where they support the team and the community to make creativity happen. She’s all about making space for people to feel safe and well whilst making the most joyous, wild, thoughtful and inclusive sh*t possible. Rising is a genuinely youth-led social enterprise run by young creative thinkers. Its mission is to empower Bristol’s underrepresented young people to fulfil their creative ambitions and to affect wider social change through the arts.

  • 6:00pm