Workshops for Directors and Dramaturges and some actors in London

Interesting workshops for January, February and March - let us know if you're coming from Wales and we'll work out a discount for you. Email Robbie at

LYNDSEY TURNER: Dramaturgy & New Plays
13-15th January | 10:30-5.00pm | London | For Directors | £175

Developing and directing new plays can be hugely rewarding, but the path from first draft to opening night isn’t always a smooth one. This workshop aims to equip directors with a dramaturgical toolkit and a practical vocabulary for working with writers on new work. Using a combination of theory and practical exercises, Lyndsey will focus on various points in a play’s journey to the stage and will cover reading plays, noting writers, fundamentals for successful collaboration, how best to use workshops and readings, involving actors in play development, the work of the rehearsal room and how to manage last minute rewrites.

Participants will be required to do a small amount of reading in advance, by way of preparation.
NOTE: Lyndsey intends to make this workshop as specific to participants’ own needs as possible, so applicants for her workshop should include a subject or specific question they’d like her to address.

Lyndsey Turner is an Associate Director at the National Theatre. Her work for theatre includes: Faith Healer, Fathers and Sons and Philadelphia Here I Come! (Donmar); Tipping The Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith); Hamlet (Barbican); Chimerica (Almeida); Posh, Contractions, A Miracle, Our Private Life (Royal Court); Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Edgar And Annabel, There Is A War (National Theatre); Joseph K and Nocturnal (Gate); My Romantic History (Traverse/Bush/Sheffield Crucible).

NATALIE ABRAHAMI: Conceptualising Productions
4th and 5th February | 10:30am-5.00pm | London | For Directors | £150

Participants will spend two days exploring Natalie’s process as she prepares to direct a formally innovative, multi-media play for production in Autumn 2017. Over the course of the workshop, Natalie will share the approaches and techniques she uses in the early stages of pre-production, excavating a text to help find a way towards a design concept.

Natalie Abrahami is a former Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill; Genesis Fellow and Associate Director at the Young Vic; Associate Artist at the Nuffield Theatre and Hull Truck, and winner of the JMK Award. Her work for theatre includes: Happy Days, After Miss Julie and Ah, Wilderness! (Young Vic); Queen Anne (Royal Shakespeare Company); How the Whale Became and Other Tales (Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House); The Eleventh Capital (Royal Court); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Headlong); Pericles (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Yerma, Hitchcock Blonde (Hull Truck); Play, Not I (Battersea Arts Centre); Vanya (Gate) and The Kreutzer Sonata (Gate and La MaMa, New York).

Her film credits include Mayday, The Roof and Life’s a Pitch (Young Vic).

MARIA ABERG: Adapting a Classic Novel for Stage
4th and 5th March | 10:30am-5.00pm | London | For Directors | £150

As she prepares to direct The Great Gatsby, Maria will investigate the practical methods she is currently using to adapt it for stage. Participants will gain an insight into the process of deconstructing a non-theatrical text and excavating its dramatic potential. Maria will also share the various ways in which she uses this to develop a production concept.

Maria Aberg’s recent work for theatre includes: Dr Faustus, The White Devil, As You Like It, King John, The Gods Weep, Days of Significance (Royal Shakespeare Company); Hotel (National Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Exchange); The Chairs (Theatre Royal Bath); Alaska (Royal Court); Fantastic Mr Fox (Nuffield Theatre); Wildefire, Belongings (Hampstead Theatre and Trafalgar Studios); Kasimir & Karoline, Fanny & Alexander, Love and Money (Malmö Stadsteater, Sweden); Amerika, Krieg der Builder and Die Kaperer (Staatstheater Mainz, Germany).

She has also translated several plays from her native Swedish.

Maria trained on the National Theatre Studio Directors’ Course in 2005 and was shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Theatre Directing Award in 2008.
Please send us your CV and a short paragraph detailing your professional interest in the particular workshop(s).
Some places are available for actors on each workshop, but please note that priority will be given to directors.
Workshop places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, though please note that confirmations will not be sent before Monday 19th December.
As past of our Christmas Sale, we’re offering all three workshops for £250 for the first three applicants and 10% off the total cost for multiple bookings.
[Discounts cannot be used in conjunction with one another]
We ask that a deposit be paid to secure the place on each workshop, with the balance to be paid before its commencement. Participants on multiple workshops are therefore able to stagger payments as necessary.

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