WORKSHOP

SPEAK THE SPEECH, I PRAY YOU: CONFIDENCE WITH CLASSICAL MONOLOGUES AND THE ART OF MAKING SOMETHING FROM NOTHING 

with OLIVIA MACE

DATE: Thursday 1st November 

TIME: 6.30pm – 9.30pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG

HOW WILL IT WORK?
 

Delivering a monologue in an audition can be such an artificial experience. With no fellow actor to play with, no feeling of a journey through the play so far and nothing but a grim looking panel to react with; it can be hard to feel spontaneous or engaged. Its also tricky working out how to rehearse alone. This workshop helps you find your way into the moment. Every actor is different and we will try different tactical games and exercises, helping you find the best way to rehearse, prepare in the moments before an audition then focus and hit those invisible marks.

Our exploration can help you identify what you most need to do your best, whether it be to release, to concentrate, to calm down or to energise.

Focusing on classical speeches (although many of the exercises also apply to any modern speech) you will have the opportunity to trouble shoot any difficulties you are facing with your text. You can create and hone your pre-audition warm-up, build your character’s world and scaffold your speech so that you can bring it fully to life in front of a panel.

PREPARATION:

 

Bring along a hard copy of your classical monologue, even if you have it memorised. Feel free to come with something you don’t fully know/aren’t sure is right and experiment. Dress appropriately for movement work. 

 

COST: £28

ABOUT OLIVIA 

Olivia Mace is an actress, improviser and writer.  She is a Shakespeare’s Globe Education Practitioner and a Globe Storyteller; adapting and performing Shakespeare’s plays as one person storytellings.  She’s performed these in The Sam Wanamaker playhouse, The National Performing Arts Centre of Beijing and at literary festivals both in the UK and internationally.

Acting credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Creation Theatre) A Small Family Business (Theatre Clwyd), Hay Fever, The Blue Room (Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake) Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee (UK no 1 tour), Macbeth (The Factory) Doctors (BBC) The Bill (ITV), Dominion (NBC, SyFy), Eliminators (WWE).  Writing credits include: The Mad Maid of Kent  (Vaults, Merge, Rye Festivals) Dancing Shoes (Little Pieces f Gold Festival, Southwark Playhouse) and Playing the King, (Creation Theatre) which will be returning to Oxford in 2018. Gone Fishing (Vaults Festival and The Canal Cafe).

FROM ACCIDENT TO INSPIRATION: a radical workshop in Devising  

with AMY GWILLIAM 

DATE: Sunday 6th October 10am-5pm

TIME: 10am - 5pm 

LOCATION:  HAMPSTEAD THEATRE REHEARSAL ROOM ETON AVENUE, SWISS COTTAGE, LONDON, NW3 3EU

HOW WILL IT WORK?

 

“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules … Make. Good. Art.” (Neil Gaiman)

 

Lead by Mono Box collaborator, Philippe Gaulier trained theatre-maker and performer, Amy Gwilliam, this is a devising workshop designed to empower actors as creative, liberated theatre-makers.

 

Amy believes that the best kind of theatre – with and without text - begins accidentally, by mistake. And that our best performance lies within the realm of our vulnerability and risk-taking. But how do we get there?

 

This workshop will follow Amy’s own devising and writing process - designed to incite accidents, release inspiration and develop imaginative, unconventional and authentic theatre. It is an invitation into the unknown, through a rigorous and playful structure.

 

Participants will develop sharpened improvisation skills and greater confidence in transforming accidental, madcap ideas into inspirational material for theatre. You may even leave with a new show in tow…?!

 

“a transformational workshop” (anon)

 

“Crazy, connected, fun, vulnerable and warm, Amy reveals the unexpected in you.” (Balt)

  

“A huge confidence boost for me … brave and bizarre revelations!”  (Neil)

COST: £35

COURSE

THE PLAY READING GROUP

with TANIA KHAN

DATES:

Wednesday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th September

TIME: 7pm - 10pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG 

HOW WILL IT WORK?

A weekly play reading group for professional actors/theatre practitioners peer led by Tania Khan. The focus of this group is on getting to know new plays within the framework of a weekly session allowing you opportunities to drop in or attend every session according to your schedule. This group offers you a chance to explore a different play ever week, try scenes up on their feet and discuss the themes presented by the text. Expect good conversation, sharing ideas and snacks. 

You will be sent a script ahead of each week. 

COST: 

 

£8 for one session (you can choose which date) 

Save money and book for 4 sessions = £28

(any dates from the list, discounted from £32)

ABOUT TANIA. 

Tania Khan is an actor and theatre/film maker. She trained at RADA and Trinity Laban. Since graduating she’s been involved in numerous stage and screen projects, making her own work, and teaching scene study and sight reading. Tania began the Mono Box play reading group back in February in response to a need for a platform for professional actors in London to explore lesser known plays and writers while practising performance skills. 

WORKSHOP

BRUSH UP YOUR SHAKESPEARE:

CLASSICAL AUDITION PREP

with GILES HAVERGAL

DATES: Saturday 19th October

TIME: 10am - 5pm 

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG 

HOW WILL IT WORK?

 

Are you about to audition for drama school? Are you in need of some confidence when it comes to preparing and delivering your classical text? 

 

This day long workshop will start with group work on a single speech and then move on to individual monologues. Using techniques and skills he has harvested in rehearsal rooms, regular RADA acting tutor Giles Havergal will build your understanding of the material and make Shakespeare understandable and enjoyable. This session will give you the confidence you need to walk into your drama school auditions with clarity and precision. 

PREPARATION: 

Please LEARN the speech you are thinking of doing for your audition and bring a hard copy of the text with you. This should last around 3 minutes.

COST: 

£35

ABOUT GILES

GILES HAVERGAL is a Theatre and Opera director. He was co-Artistic Director for many years of the CITIZENS' THEATRE GLASGOW where he worked as both a Director and actor. He has directed plays from Shakespeare to Brecht, and also the Annual Christmas Pantomime. He teaches regularly at RADA and at the AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATRE in San Francisco.

 

He has adapted many novels for the stage including Graham Greene's TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT which won an Olivier Award. His Opera work includes 'THE MERRY WIDOW' and 'BERLIN TO BROADWAY' (Kurt Weill) for OPERA NORTH in 2018.

COURSE

DIY - MAKE YOUR OWN SHOW  

with AMY GWILLIAM 

DATE: Friday 30th August and Saturday 31st August (you must attend both days)

TIME: 10am - 5pm 

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG 

HOW WILL IT WORK?

For those people who know they’ve got a show in them.

For those who don’t.

For the children of paradise who never stopped dreaming, but might have forgotten how - 

 

This is your moment!

 

This 2-part workshop will shake, rattle and roll participants into the heady process of making your own show. This may begin a new playscript, a solo show, installation, comedy or other.

 

Amy will take participants through an initial process to mine material and capture germinal ideas. These primal hunches will then begin to take shape through improvisation techniques and creative writing practices. We will look at form and content and experiment with composition and performance to set each participant on their way with confidence and inspiration.

 

The process will reflect Amy’s working values, a dance of discipline and decadence and dedication. Her own creative practice is far-reaching, crossing genres, languages, lands in the search for authentic, eccentric, magnificent work. Above all, she seeks to empower artists in evolving their own practice and style, and challenging pre-conceived limits on our creative capacities.

 

Come and play...

 

“You have a special skill to tease material out of people and help make us shine. You very expertly lead us to discover and execute creative ideas with your nurturing manner.” 

 

“Life changing, Amy. I felt so free and so happy in a way I haven’t felt for a long time”

 

“The most revealing, but at the same time sensitive week. I know myself better and hope I can transfer that to other projects.”

COST: £100

ABOUT AMY

Amy is a theatre-maker, performance artist and facilitator. Following a degree in English at

Cambridge University, she trained for two years with Philippe Gaulier in Paris, after which she established award-winning touring company Teatro Entre Escombros in Spain (“sublime, ridiculous”). Her most recent work has focused on solo performance, including MUMMY (performer, writer) and - in Portugal - De Monster (dramaturg, director). She writes, performs and directs for comedy and cabaret events, curates the satirical revue ExperTeaze and is currently writing her new bouffon show The Profit.

 

Amy has trained and worked with theatre companies from all over the world, including

Complicite, Spymonkey and SITI Company. She has a diploma in Therapeutic Skills and is a core facilitator for Theatre for a Change (recent projects in Malawi and DRC) and Clowns Without Borders (recent projects in Greece and Turkey).

 

As a facilitator/coach, she is known for her playful and rigorous practice which is centred less on methods and more on madness. She frees the performer in a very special way.

WORKSHOP

AUDITION PACKAGE: CONTEMPORARY AND CLASSICAL SPEECHES 

with ZOÉ FORD BURNETT 

DATE: Tuesday 26th February

TIME: 10am – 5pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG

HOW WILL IT WORK?
 

A rare opportunity to help prepare your audition speeches with director Zoé Ford Burnett.

 

The morning session will look at your chosen monologues from the contemporary repertoire and will examine and explore in detail how you can make choices that will bring the text alive vividly, with variation and specificity. The afternoon session workshop will look at ways of approaching complex/heightened text, making it live and real, as if spoken for the first time, while using the form of the language. You’ll leave knowing how to opening your hearts to those big actions and taking a risks to be real and poetic.

 

PREPARATION: 

 

Please prepare one monologue from the Classical repertoire and one Contemporary speech. Each should be no more than 2 minutes long. You should bring a paper copy of the speech for Zoé to use as reference. 

COST: £45 

ABOUT ZOÉ

Zoé is currently Associate Director to Sam Mendes on The Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre.

 

Her work in theatre as a director includes Octavia, a rehearsed reading at the Barbican in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company; Julius Caesar at LSDA; Macbethat the Karamel Club; Hamletat Riverside Studios (Offie Award nomination for Best Director); Sonnetsat Shakespeare’s Globe; RichardIII, A Life in Theatreand Romeo & Julietat the Gatehouse; TitusAndronicusat the Arcola, the Edinburgh Fringe and the Etcetera; BloodWeddingand TheSchoolforScandalat Waterloo East; Click2Shareat Theatre503; and Woundsat Tristan Bates.

 

As assistant/associate director her work includes Earthworksand AntonyandCleopatrafor the RSC; LesLiaisonsDangereuses, Closer, TeddyFerrara, TheVoteand Splendourat the Donmar; and HenryVat Regents Park. Text includes ComedyofErrors, Hamlet, TitusAndronicusand JuliusCaesarat Shakespeare’s Globe. Audio directing includes cast recording of LesLiaisonsDangereusesfor the Donmar Warehouse.

 

Zoé Ford was previously Artistic Director of Hiraeth Artistic Productions and resident assistant director at the Donmar Warehouse.

COURSE

CREATIVE REHEARSAL PROCESSES  

with AMY GWILLIAM 

DATE: Sunday 3rd November

TIME: 10am - 5pm 

LOCATION: HAMPSTEAD THEATRE REHEARSAL ROOM ETON AVENUE, SWISS COTTAGE, LONDON, NW3 3EU

HOW WILL IT WORK?

 

To mark the beginning of PLAYSTART, this is a workshop open to actors, writers, directors and theatre makers interested in exploring and expanding their creative rehearsal processes.


 

It is easy to get comfortable with one method or, in the pressure to get a piece to production, forget the very real benefits in nurturing process that is genuinely creative for all involved. But what does a “creative rehearsal process” actually mean? What does it feel like? And how can we make it happen?


 

Led by internationally trained theatre-maker Amy Gwilliam, this day’s workshop will inspire participants to shake up their current practice - and confidence to do so. We will share our toolkits and experiment with new approaches; we will identify and challenge obstacles in our practice; and we will get stuck into the play!


 

Please come with a scene you would like to explore.


 

“You have a special skill to help make us shine. You very expertly lead us to discover and execute creative ideas with your nurturing manner.” (Scott)


 

“Inspiring and liberating” (Fabio)

COST: £35

ABOUT AMY

Amy is a theatre-maker, performance artist and facilitator. Following a degree in English at

Cambridge University, she trained for two years with Philippe Gaulier in Paris, after which she established award-winning touring company Teatro Entre Escombros in Spain (“sublime, ridiculous”). Her most recent work has focused on solo performance, including MUMMY (performer, writer) and - in Portugal - De Monster (dramaturg, director). She writes, performs and directs for comedy and cabaret events, curates the satirical revue ExperTeaze and is currently writing her new bouffon show The Profit.

 

Amy has trained and worked with theatre companies from all over the world, including

Complicite, Spymonkey and SITI Company. She has a diploma in Therapeutic Skills and is a core facilitator for Theatre for a Change (recent projects in Malawi and DRC) and Clowns Without Borders (recent projects in Greece and Turkey).

 

As a facilitator/coach, she is known for her playful and rigorous practice which is centred less on methods and more on madness. She frees the performer in a very special way.

WORKSHOP

SHAKESPEARE AND GENDER 

with OWEN HORSLEY (Cheek by Jowl, RSC) 

DATES AVAILABLE: 

Sunday 24th February 

TIME: 10am-5pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG

HOW WILL IT WORK?

Royal Shakespeare Company Director and Cheek by Jowl Associate Director Owen Horsley, leads a workshop for professional actors on classical text with a twist. The task is simple - participants are asked to bring a speech of the opposite sex to work on for the workshop. 

 

As more exciting choices continue to be made in the industry regarding gender it is offering many more possibilities for casting and providing new provocations for Classical work. 

 

This day workshop will not only provide the actor with an accessible approach to classical text but also allow the actor to challenge themselves by working on a speech of the opposite sex that excites them…. hopefully a character that they will play in the future.

PREPARATION: 

Please choose a classical monologue of the opposite gender to what you identify as and bring it with you. This workshop will be spent working on these pieces.  

COST: £45

ABOUT OWEN

Owen trained at Drama Centre London. 

 

Directing credits include Maydays by David Edgar, Salome by Oscar Wilde, The Famous Victories of Henry V and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Royal Shakespeare Company). Owen was Associate Director on the RSC King and Country Tour and worked with Artistic Director Gregory Doran on Richard II and Henry IV Part 1 and 2 and Henry V from 2013-16. 

 

Owen is also an Associate Director for Cheek by Jowl. He was Assistant Director to Declan Donnellan on The Changeling (2006) Cymbeline (2007), Troilus and Cressida (2008), Macbeth (2009-11) and ‘Tis Pity she’s a Whore (2011-13) becoming Associate Director in 2010. Owen Co-Directed the 2013 Tour of Tis Pity. 

In 2008 Owen formed Eyestrings Theatre Company with his production of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II at St Andrew’s Crypt in Holborn. Further work with Eyestrings include In Bed With Messalina (Courtyard Theatre) See What I See (St Clements Mental Hospital) and The Duchess of Malfi (Southwark Playhouse and UK Tour).

 

Other directing credits include Who’s There?, Antony and Cleopatra (Classic Stage Company, New York) The Picture of Dorian Gray (Watermill), Don Giovanni (LaMaMa, New York) The Two Noble Kinsmen (RWCMD) Outside on the Street (Edinburgh Fringe and Arcola) Antony and Cleopatra, Lysistrata, As you Like it (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and Hungry Heart (RADA).

Owen also works extensively in Europe. He has led workshops in Spain, Italy, Luxembourg and France. Owen’s first Spanish production, The Malcontent, opened at the Almagro Festival in August 2011 before transferring to Madrid.

LUCID DREAMING:

DEVELOP YOUR CREATIVE CONSTELLATION 

with AMY GWILLIAM 

DATE: Thursday 31st January 

TIME: 6.30pm - 9.30pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG 

HOW WILL IT WORK?

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream. (Van Gogh)

 

What blocks us from dreaming? How can we go deeper? How can we use our dreams to expand our performance, writing and creative capacities? 

 

As actors, writers, directors, makers, we are called upon to go deep in order to produce stirring, soulful, authentic work. But there are many obstacles to going deep, multiple things blocking us from the full scope of our imagination and empathy. 

 

This series of evening workshops will open an experimental and playful space to explore channels to depth, dreaming and authenticity. Fusing meditative and improvisation practices, participants will learn strategies for creative writing & character development, increasing empathy, consciousness and play in their practice. 

PREPARATION: 

 

You may like to come with a, character, monologue or scene you are currently working on. Or, alternatively, with a blank slate. Either is welcomed. 

 

Please wear comfortable, warm clothing. 

FEEDBACK: 

 

“Crazy, connected, fun, vulnerable and warm, Amy reveals the unexpected in you.” 

 

“A huge confidence boost for me … brave and bizarre revelations!”

 

“Inspiring and liberating” 

COST: £28 

WORKSHOP

THINKING ABOUT AUDIO 

with CAROLINE RAPHAEL 

DATE: Tuesday 20th November 

TIME: 6.30pm - 9.30pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG 

 

HOW WILL IT WORK?

Audio performance is an increasing part of an actor’s work nowadays. Through a series of listening exercises and group discussion you will explore what makes a great audio actor.

 

This session is for you if you want to find out more about:

 

  • What skills you need

  • Techniques of audio performance

  • Differences in audio reading and acting styles

  • Working in studio and on location

  • How to work with other performers in studio 

  • How to start planning an audio showreel

  • Building your contact list

 

PREPARATION: 

You will be sent a variety of audio productions to listen to a week before the session.

 

£15  

ABOUT CAROLINE

Caroline had a long career with BBC radio variously as a Producer, Head of Radio Drama and Commissioning Editor for Drama, Comedy and Book at Bedtime all on Radio 4. Commissions included Little Britain, The League of Gentleman and Cabin Pressure.  Following a short period with Penguin Random House Audio she is now an independent audio producer . Recent work includes the first drama for BBC Radio 1x and a play for Radio 4 that won this year’s BBC Audio Drama Best Single Drama. She also teaches audio drama at Central St. Martin’s,  runs production training courses and is Vice-Chair of AudioUK.

COURSE

THE RISE OF THE HORIZONTAL STORY   

with DANIELLA ISAACS 

DATE: Monday 26th November 

TIME: 6.30pm – 9.30pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG

HOW WILL IT WORK?
 

If you’re bored of waiting for the phone to ring. If you’re bored waiting for a theatre to commission you. If you’re bored of trying to climb the vertical ladder.

This course is for actors who have always had an urge to write. Or writers who have always had an urge to act.

This course will explore how to find ideas. How to develop them. How to find people to work with. How to fundraise. How to get your play on. How to get people to see it.

We will begin by brainstorming ideas. Talking and sharing is the start of the process. This is the scary bit. The bit where the only thing to drive you is pure faith. Then we will track through the trajectory of taking this initial seed from daunting conception to exciting final product. How do we go from that first moment/thought/image/question to a story?

We’ll then start thinking about how to build a team. How to minimise the risk both creatively (so it feels exciting rather than panic-attack-inducing-overwhelming).We will discuss the DO ’s and the DO NOT ’s.

We will think about how we delineate the creative process from the business protocol and how one can feed the other in a really positive way.Then we’ll think about your next steps so that you can leave the room knowing that you deserve to more have control over your creative career. 

COST: £28

ABOUT DANIELLA 

Daniella Isaacs is an actress and writer. Over the past few years Daniella has created two shows under her production company LIPSINK with Director, Rosy Banham. Mush and Me w on the Ideas Tap Underbelly Award, Holden Street Theatre Award and enjoyed sellout runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, The Adelaide Fringe and The Bush theatre. Her most recent show, Hear Me Raw enjoyed sellout runs at Edinburgh Fringe, Soho Theatre, Arcola Theatre and Hackney Showroom. She continues to act in other projects whilst writing her own work for stage and screen. 

WORKSHOP

WOW NOW AND WHAT IT IS 

with JEREMY STOCKWELL 

DATE: Monday 3rd, Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th December 

TIME: 10am - 5pm daily (you must be available for all 3 days) 

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG

HOW WILL IT WORK?

 

A rare London workshop with Jeremy Stockwell. 

 

This new, powerful, and dynamic 3 day workshop offers firm foundations and clear principles of acting for stage and screen.

 

It will help you engage more fully with the present moment, hone and develop what it takes to give of your personal and professional best, and help you generate, sustain, and develop your honest and authentic ‘Wow factor’ 

 

The workshop also offers a new set of skills and techniques that will have you acting with greater clarity, daring, assurance, and specificity - and thinking in new directions. 

 

The course invites you to: 

 

  • Heighten your sensory and intuitive awareness.

  • Engage more fully with your body, voice, and mind.

  • Let got of negative habits that may be holding you back.

  • Leap into creative delight and fulfilment. 

  • Increase you confidence and self-assurance, and deal effectively with nerves anxiety

In 3 days, HOW, NOW, & WHAT IT IS will help you unlock your potential and maximise your success. Perfect for people auditioning or needing a new challenge. 

 

PREPARATION: 

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing you can move about in,   and be prepared to work without shoes and on the floor. Please note, audio, video, or other recording is not permissible. Please bring a classic, or modern monologue, a light heart, and an open mind.

COST: SOLD OUT 

ABOUT JEREMY

Jeremy Stockwell is an actor, director, writer, and theatre maker. He is a long serving tutor at RADA, and acting coach for the BBC (Strictly/The Voice.) 

Recent stage credits include playing Ken Campbell at Hampstead theatre, and Spike Milligan at The Pleasance, Edinburgh. He also features in the BBC radio comedy series How to Burn a Million Quid. More info on Jeremy’s work here - www.jeremystockwell.co.uk

WORKSHOP

PILOT SEASON AMERICAN ACCENT BOOTCAMP

with REBECCA GAUSNELL

DATE: Tuesday 26th March SOLD OUT

TIME: 10am - 5pm 

The Mono Box Studio, Bermondsey 

HOW WILL IT WORK?

Come hone your American accent under the watchful ear of an American-born voice and dialect coach. This one day workshop will cover the ins and outs of the General American accent necessary for pilot season and international castings. We will begin by using the accent throughout the session, covering the rules and applying the accent onto real self tape scripts from prior pilot seasons. You should leave more confident in acting in the accent and understanding how to effectively apply the accent to a range of castings. We will also look at how to subtly shift General American for pilot season castings requesting African American and Latino American roles. 

PREPARATION 

There is no preparation for this course

£45

ABOUT REBECCA 

Born and raised in the United States Rebecca studied acting at Northwestern University in Chicago before completing her MFA in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. She is a specialist in General/Standard American accents along with regional and ethnic accents of North America. She is also fluent in French.

As a voice and dialect coach Rebecca has worked with a range of actors including Rhys Ifans, Ed Skrein, Richard Armitage,
Rob James-Collier, Maxine Peake, Lydia Wilson, Zahra Ahmadi, Adam Rothenberg and Joe McGann.

Film & TV includes: Waiting for Anya (Bad Penny Productions), If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures), The Crown (Netflix), Berlin Station (Paramount Pictures Television), Tau (Netflix), Endeavour (ITV/Mammoth Screen) and Brain on Fire (Broad Green Pictures).

Theatre includes: The Inheritance (Young Vic), Killer Joe (Trafalgar Studios), Fiddler on the Roof (Liverpool Everyman), All My Sons (Rose Theatre Kingston Hong Kong Tour), A View from the Bridge (Bristol Tobacco Factory) and Fool for Love (Found 111)

She has also worked as a voice and dialect tutor at the Royal School of Speech & Drama, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, ArtsEd in London, East 15 Acting School, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company and The Second City in Chicago.

ABOUT AMY

Amy is a theatre-maker, performance artist and facilitator. Following a degree in English at

Cambridge University, she trained for two years with Philippe Gaulier in Paris, after which she established award-winning touring company Teatro Entre Escombros in Spain (“sublime, ridiculous”). Her most recent work has focused on solo performance, including MUMMY (performer, writer) and - in Portugal - De Monster (dramaturg, director). She writes, performs and directs for comedy and cabaret events, curates the satirical revue ExperTeaze and is currently writing her new bouffon show The Profit.

 

Amy has trained and worked with theatre companies from all over the world, including

Complicite, Spymonkey and SITI Company. She has a diploma in Therapeutic Skills and is a core facilitator for Theatre for a Change (recent projects in Malawi and DRC) and Clowns Without Borders (recent projects in Greece and Turkey).

 

As a facilitator/coach, she is known for her playful and rigorous practice which is centred less on methods and more on madness. She frees the performer in a very special way.

The Mono Box is committed to supporting emerging talent in theatre. After the success of last year’s inaugural PLAYSTART scheme which saw a further life for most of the plays at venues such as The King’s Head and the Yard Theatre, and started creative relationships that are still thriving today, PLAYSTART returns!

PLAYSTART 2018 has chosen 5 emerging writers a platform to generate ideas to write a complete 15 minute play. Writers will be assigned a professional playwright as a mentor as well as being paired with a director to realise their work. These writer/director teams will work with a producer, receive free rehearsal space, facilities to cast actors and feedback from a panel of industry professionals on the night of performance in November.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

WHAT PAST PARTICIPANTS HAVE TO SAY: 

"I was lucky enough to be one of the PLAYSTART writers last year & since then have gone on to write for Theatre Royal Stratford East/Pilot Theatre, gain a place on the Royal Court's playwrights' programme & most importantly, discover my own writing practice. If you're looking for a developmental programme with a difference: one that privileges the writer & is fully invested in your potential, then apply for PLAYSTART!" 

Oakley Flanagan, writer PLAYSTART 2017 

“I struck lucky with my writer and it's been amazing working with her since then. Our play was commissioned by the Kings Head who came to the sharing. it feels like the beginning of something very exciting. Amazing how quickly it moved on since the 15 min sharing at the Old Vic Workrooms!”

Laura Wooff, director PLAYSTART 2017 

 

“The pairing with my director was extraordinary - someone who I know I want to work with again, who I trusted and admired professionally, and as an additional treat, a friendship has been created. The actual performance evening was wonderful and surpassed expectation. It felt professional, well- connected, friendly, welcoming and above all else has leaped my confidence forward.”

Daisy King, writer PLAYSTART 2017 

COURSE

ENSEMBLE STORYTELLING

with LEE ANDERSEN

DATE: Thursday 29th November, Thursday 6th December, Thursday 13th December and Thursday 20th December 

TIME: 6.30pm – 9.30pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG

HOW WILL IT WORK?
 

This course will enable participants to create an original piece of ensemble-driven theatre entirely from scratch. It is aimed at early-career theatre makers who identify as either writers, actors, dramaturgs - or a combination of all three. Theatre making is an inherently collaborative practice, one in which the typical boundaries between the role of playwright, director and performer can blur and overlap in surprising and exciting ways. Ensemble Storytelling will explore the relationship between text-based and devised approaches to theatre making.

 

Each 3-hour workshop will provide exercises in devised practices, writing from improvisation and group dramaturgy. These exercises will provide skills, practical tools and techniques that each ensemble can take away and apply to their own respective projects. 

 

Between week 3 and 4, each ensemble creates a script for their original piece of performance. These will be up to 20-minutes in length (max) and each piece will be shared as a work-in-progress sharing to other members of the group in week 4.

 

Participants should come equipped with an enthusiasm for collaboration, a willingness to experiment with fresh creative approaches and a desire to make work as part of a collective.  

 

COURSE STRUCTURE

 

Week 1: Thurs 29th November 

This workshop will identify points of connection between participants and establish ensembles who can collaborate together in the forthcoming weeks. The focus of this workshop will be on sharing and discussing the ideas, themes and subjects that inspire or provoke each participant. Through group exercises and open collaboration, participants will create their own ensembles and begin sparking ideas for the weeks ahead.

 

Week 2: Thurs 6th December

This workshop will explore ensemble devising practices. The focus of this week's workshop will be on how actors tell stories in response to stimuli, bring dramatic situations to life through improvisation, and the ways in which writers and dramaturg's can respond to this material in the room. 

 

Week 3: Thurs 13th December

This workshop will explore writing from improvisation. The focus of this week's workshop will be to build upon and develop the work carried out in week 2, and will enable writers and dramaturgs' to respond creatively to actors' devised work and improvisation through text. 

 

Week 4: Thurs 20th December

This workshop will explore group dramaturgy. The focus of this week's workshop will be on how companies of actors, writers and dramaturgs can work together in re--shaping and re-working the material they have developed so far. Through practical exercises, group discussion and sharings, participants will develop skills in providing feedback and direction on performance. 

PREPARATION: 

For week 1, please come prepared to share a subject, theme or idea that has inspired or provoked you with the group. It should be something that you're yet to start working on, but could potentially form the basis of a performance, text or character. There will also be various exercises to complete from week to week, and these will be shared with each ensemble before the end of each workshop.

COST: £100.00

ABOUT LEE

Lee Anderson is a writer, dramaturg and workshop facilitator based in London. He is Associate Artist with Squint theatre company and has had his work presented at The Pleasance (Molly, Squint), Tristan Bates Theatre (Poles Apart, Like The Clappers), The Lion and the Unicorn (Skin Deep, Attila Theatre), Theatre N16 (How Many, Pokfukam Rd Productions) and New Diorama Theatre (Skeletons, Performance Anxiety). He also teaches playwriting as part of the Arcola Theatre's Consenting Adults program, and his work has been longlisted for the Papatango Playwriting Prize and Old Vic 12.

COURSE

THE ACTOR AND THE ENSEMBLE: AN INTRODUCTION TO VIEWPOINTS FOR ACTORS AND DIRECTORS

with Ned Bennett (Director Equus, Pomona, Yen) 

DATES: 3 evening course (you must be available for all sessions)

Wednesday 15th May 

Wednesday 22nd May 

Wednesday 29th May 

TIME: 6.30pm - 9.30pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG 

HOW WILL IT WORK?

 

The Actor and the Ensemble: a brief introduction to Viewpoints for actors and directors

 

Viewpoints is an improvisation tool for actors formulated by Anne Bogart based on choreographer Mary Overlie’s articulation of how the performer engages with time and space. The Viewpoints nurture complicity within the ensemble, engendering a playful approach to making work. The Viewpoints are techniques towards a philosophy that places an emphasis on ensemble and collaboration.

 

The workshop will cover:

 

·         Non-verbal improvisations to develop complicity and engender uncensored spontaneity

 

·         Games to unlock the ethos of Viewpoints

COST: £90 

ABOUT NED

Directing credits: Equus with English Touring Theatre & Theatre Royal Stratford East; Victoria's Knickers with NYT Rep; Buggy Baby at the Yard Theatre; Baddies for Synergy Theatre Project; An Octoroon at the Orange Tree and National Theatre; Brixton Rock for The Big House; The Crocodile at the Manchester International Festival; Yen at the Royal Exchange and Royal Court; Pomona at the National Theatre, Royal Exchange, Orange Tree, RWCMD and The Gate; Superior Donuts at the Southwark.

 

Playhouse; Primetime and Pigeons Royal Court tours; Mercury Fur at the Old Red Lion/ Trafalgar Studios; A Butcher of Distinction at the King’s Head.

He was awarded Best Director in the UK Theatre Awards for Pomona and Yen and for Pomona and An Octoroon in the Off West End Awards.

COURSE

THE RISE OF THE HORIZONTAL STORY   

with DANIELLA ISAACS 

DATE: Tuesday 25th September 

TIME: 6.30pm – 9.30pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG

HOW WILL IT WORK?
 

If you’re bored of waiting for the phone to ring. If you’re bored waiting for a theatre to commission you. If you’re bored of trying to climb the vertical ladder.

This course is for actors who have always had an urge to write. Or writers who have always had an urge to act.

This course will explore how to find ideas. How to develop them. How to find people to work with. How to fundraise. How to get your play on. How to get people to see it.

We will begin by brainstorming ideas. Talking and sharing is the start of the process. This is the scary bit. The bit where the only thing to drive you is pure faith. Then we will track through the trajectory of taking this initial seed from daunting conception to exciting final product. How do we go from that first moment/thought/image/question to a story?

We’ll then start thinking about how to build a team. How to minimise the risk both creatively (so it feels exciting rather than panic-attack-inducing-overwhelming).We will discuss the DO ’s and the DO NOT ’s.

We will think about how we delineate the creative process from the business protocol and how one can feed the other in a really positive way.Then we’ll think about your next steps so that you can leave the room knowing that you deserve to more have control over your creative career. 

COST: £28

ABOUT DANIELLA 

Daniella Isaacs is an actress and writer. Over the past few years Daniella has created two shows under her production company LIPSINK with Director, Rosy Banham. Mush and Me w on the Ideas Tap Underbelly Award, Holden Street Theatre Award and enjoyed sellout runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, The Adelaide Fringe and The Bush theatre. Her most recent show, Hear Me Raw enjoyed sellout runs at Edinburgh Fringe, Soho Theatre, Arcola Theatre and Hackney Showroom. She continues to act in other projects whilst writing her own work for stage and screen. 

WORKSHOP

PILOT SEASON AMERICAN ACCENT BOOTCAMP

with REBECCA GAUSNELL 

DATE: Saturday 1st December 

TIME: 10am - 5pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG 

 

HOW WILL IT WORK?

Come hone your American accent under the watchful ear of an American-born voice and dialect coach. This one day workshop will cover the ins and outs of the General American accent necessary for pilot season and international castings.

 

We will begin by using the accent throughout the session, covering the rules and applying the accent onto real self tape scripts from prior pilot seasons. You should leave more confident in acting in the accent and understanding how to effectively apply the accent to a range of castings. We will also look at how to subtly shift General American for pilot season castings requesting African American and Latino American roles.  

 

COST: £45 

ABOUT REBECCA: 

Rebecca Gausnell is a London based voice, accent & dialect coach, born and raised in the United States. She is a specialist in General / Standard American accents, along with regional and ethnic accents of North America. Recent projects include The Inheritance directed by Tony & Olivier award winner Stephen Daldry at the Young Vic, Killer Joe starring Orlando Bloom at Trafalgar Studios, and Series 11 of the BBC's Doctor Who. She has also worked as a voice and dialect coach in institutions such as the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama & Arts Ed. Rebecca studied directly with Patsy Rodenburg, Jeannette Nelson and Barbara Houseman. She has an MFA in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and a BA in acting from Northwestern University.

WORKSHOP

CLASSICAL MASTERCLASS:

THOUGHT PROCESS BEHIND THE REALISATION

with JOSEPH MARCELL (Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Shakespeare's Globe) 

DATES AVAILABLE: 

Tuesday 5th February 

TIME: 10am-4pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG

HOW WILL IT WORK?

 

A rare opportunity to work with Joseph Marcell (Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Shakespeare's Globe) and discover the thought process behind the realisation. 

 

Join him for a collaborative classical exploration in practice. This workshop will focus would be on iconic scenes and will investigate rehearsal through to performance. 

 

Using techniques from Shakespeare's Globe this workshop is perfect for any actor seeking to develop and enhance their classical craft with a team of classical actors. 

PREPARATION

There is no preparation for this class but do let us know if need assistance with reading. Texts will be provided on the day. 

COST: £35

ABOUT JOSEPH

Previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes: Omeros, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, Coriolanus and Under the Black Flag.

Other theatre includes: A Freeman of Colour (Lincoln Centre); Inherit the Wind, King Lear, As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew (Old Globe, San Diego); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Theatre, D.C); Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Our Friends in the North, Peter Pan, The Great White Hope (RSC); As You Like It (Folger Theatre, D.C); Gem of the Ocean (Tricycle/Arena Stage, USA); Othello (Lyric Theatre/Arts Theatre); Breakfast with Mugabe (Ustinov, Bath); Radio Golf, Let There Be Love, Walk Hard Talk Loud, King Hedley II, Joe Turner’s Come & Gone (Tricyle); Hamlet (Basingstoke); Master Harold and the Boys, Peer Gynt (National Theatre); Sherlock Holmes (Broadway); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Co. USA) and Seniors (Hudson LA).

Film includes: Cry Freedom, Sioux City, A Beautiful Life, We Three, Playing Away and Hero.

Television includes: The Bold and the Beautiful, Jericho, The Fresh Prince of Belair, Brothers and Sisters, Madmen and Specialists, EastEnders, End of the Line, Empire Road, In the House, Frost and Living Single

WORKSHOPS

IMPROVISATION IN THE REHEARSAL ROOM

with KATIE-ANN MCDONOUGH

DATES: Monday 24th June and Monday 1st July. Both workshops will cover different topics as such you can choose to attend one or both. 

TIME: 7pm - 9.30pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG 

HOW WILL IT WORK?

Put on the spot in a rehearsal room?


Time to improvise and you feel a block?

Time to rip off the bandaid and jump in feet first.


This is  an opportunity to use improvisation as a tool for exploration and discovery in a pressure-free environment. Time to become less scared of failure, start embracing it and, even better, start using it. We will learn learn turn mistakes into opportunities.


Participants will learn tools to help improvisation flow, set aside inhibitions and let the imagination create.

 

In week one we will focus on:
· Improvisation technique
· Text inspired improvisation

 

And in week two:
· Character exploration and creation through improvisation

 

These workshops compliment each other but cover separate topics so you can choose to attend one or both. 

This course is aimed at actors looking to become comfortable with improvising as well as directors who would like to use improvisation as a tool in their rehearsal rooms.
 

What people have said about Katie-Ann’s previous improvisation workshops: 

 

“I feel greatly inspired, energetic and much more comfortable with improvisation. Can't believe the effect only 5 weeks of classes has had on my confidence.”   

 

"It's must do! It's lots of fun. Also a great alternative way to explore characters and play"

 

“It makes you less in your head and more playful.”

COST: £20 per workshop

ABOUT KATIE-ANN

Katie-Ann is currently an associate director with Mischief Theatre Company. She uses improvisation extensively in her work to discover new text, illuminate the old and devise.

 

Katie-Ann studied Drama at University College Dublin and Theatre Directing at NUIM. She was also a Trainee Director with Stonecrabs Theatre Company and an assistant director at English Touring Theatre.

WORKSHOP

AUDITION PACKAGE: CONTEMPORARY AND CLASSICAL SPEECHES 

with ANNIE TYSON 

This one day session is available the following date: 

Sunday 31st March 

 

TIME: 10am – 5pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG

HOW WILL IT WORK?

 

A rare opportunity to help prepare your audition speeches with Annie Tyson. With years of experience of panel auditions Annie will investigate what makes the speech necessary at this particular moment in the play? How are you changed by the end of the speech? How can you create the specific circumstances if it's just you there? How do you leave those watching wanting more? What does the speech reveal about your possibilities as an actor?

 

The morning session will look at your chosen monologues from the contemporary repertoire and will examine and explore in detail how you can make choices that will bring the text alive vividly, with variation and specificity. The afternoon session workshop will look at ways of approaching complex/heightened text, making it live and real, as if spoken for the first time, while using the form of the language. You’ll leave knowing how to opening your hearts to those big actions and taking a risks to be real and poetic.

 

PREPARATION: 

 

Please prepare one monologue from the Classical repertoire and one Contemporary speech. Each should be no more than 2 minutes long. You should bring a paper copy of the speech for Annie to use as reference. 

COST: £60. THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT

ABOUT ANNIE

Annie originally trained at Drama Centre London and went on to act in television, film and radio. She is a co-founder of Mother’s Ruin Theatre Company and the award-winning musical theatre company Direct Current. Annie now combines acting with teaching and directing. Her focus on classical work has led to involvement with an international research project into actor training in Europe, working in Portugal and Paris and master classes in at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in America. Her teaching and directing career began at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama and developed back at the Drama Centre where she was Course Director of the BA Honours Acting Course 2002-2010. As well as continuing her relationship with Drama Centre, Annie now works at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art as a core acting tutor and director.  She sits on the interview panel for the MFA in Directing at Birkbeck College, is a reader for the Drama section at the publisher Bloomsbury Methuen and was part of the core team for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s project Open Stages running acting workshops for Dream 16 – A Play For the Nation. She has contributed to the  book Directing by Rob Swain.

WORKSHOP

TAKING THE SPACE: A MOVEMENT AND DEVISING PROCESS 

with AMY GWILLIAM

DATE: Monday, 3rd September

TIME: 6.30 - 9.30pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG 

HOW WILL IT WORK?

Inspired by her diverse international training at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Philippe Gaulier, Song of the Goat and SITI Company, this workshop inspires actors to be epic and to realize the full force of their dramatic prowess. This is a unique opportunity to take the space in a powerful & playful movement and devising workshop.

 

Amy will encourage actors to heighten their awareness of the playing space; to amplify and intensify emotional states; to realize the full scope of their voice and to sensitize and develop their rapport with the audience. Raw, radical new material will emerge! 

 

Participants will become more present, playful, and attuned to the rise and fall of dramatic space and narrative.

Please wear comfortable, neutral-coloured clothing.

“I recently took part in your Taking the Space workshop and I just wanted to say that I think it has made a real difference to how I approach my work. In my first audition after the workshop I took your advice by giving myself the permission to experiment and I got the job! Thank you for all of your help.” (Nadine)

PREPARATION 

 

There is no preparation for this session

COST: £28

ABOUT AMY

Amy is a theatre-maker, performance artist and facilitator. Following a degree in English at

Cambridge University, she trained for two years with Philippe Gaulier in Paris, after which she established award-winning touring company Teatro Entre Escombros in Spain (“sublime, ridiculous”). Her most recent work has focused on solo performance, including MUMMY (performer, writer) and - in Portugal - De Monster (dramaturg, director). She writes, performs and directs for comedy and cabaret events, curates the satirical revue ExperTeaze and is currently writing her new bouffon show The Profit.

 

Amy has trained and worked with theatre companies from all over the world, including

Complicite, Spymonkey and SITI Company. She has a diploma in Therapeutic Skills and is a core facilitator for Theatre for a Change (recent projects in Malawi and DRC) and Clowns Without Borders (recent projects in Greece and Turkey).

 

As a facilitator/coach, she is known for her playful and rigorous practice which is centred less on methods and more on madness. She frees the performer in a very special way.

COURSE

HOW TO BEHAVE BADLY WITH LOTS OF WORDS: RESTORATION COMEDY  

with ANNIE TYSON 

DATE: Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th September (you must be available all 3 days) 

TIME: 10am – 5.30pm 

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG

HOW WILL IT WORK?
 

“The white water rafting of English Drama - how to behave very badly with a hell of a lot of words”

This is a three day course with Annie Tyson on tackling - and taming- the challenges of Restoration Comedy. One of the glories of the British Theatre tradition and the first in the Comedy of Manners genre, the plays have, even today, been cursed with some spurious notion of “style” - it’s all about fans, sticks, snuff boxes and strangled speech and an awful lot of words. The course will seek to ditch this notion and will explore the texts for their theatricality, their energy and the sheer cheek and skill required to deliver them. We’ll look at the glorious (and very sexy) character archetypes and how to identify the language structures. We’ll explore the idea of “sustained thinking” and get into using words as lethal weapons in the gender wars inherent in the plays. There are great parts for women! Above all, it will be fun  - and if you can play this stuff, you can play anything. Do this scary or unfamiliar thing - you may surprise yourself!

Day 1

We’ll explore social and historical context through music, pictures and some fun physical experiments with theatre form and audience relationship and ownership of our theatrical egos!  We’ll work on exercises to release the breath and the voice  and we’ll explore some of the most important language structures through both extant texts and improvising our own versions. We may get to tackle some prologues and epilogues  and we mat even write our own.  Scenes to work on will be given out at the end of the day.

Day 2

Vocal games, warm up and improvisations. Work on scenes - scene analysis answering all those essential actors’ questions as well as how the language is working. What are the fundamental rules? Character investigation.

Day 3

Continued work on scenes to develop what we’ve discovered. Possibly a look at some later material from the Comedy of Manners genre  - Sheridan, Goldsmith, Wilde, Coward, Joe Orton.    

A NOTE: 

All nationalities welcome but English as a spoken language needs to be advanced level and fluent. Actors with a bit of experience who have not tackled this genre before but who are daring and open would be useful. 

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COST: £100

ABOUT ANNIE

Annie originally trained at Drama Centre London and went on to act in television, film and radio. She is a co-founder of Mother’s Ruin Theatre Company and the award-winning musical theatre company Direct Current. Annie now combines acting with teaching and directing. Her focus on classical work has led to involvement with an international research project into actor training in Europe, working in Portugal and Paris and master classes in at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in America. Her teaching and directing career began at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama and developed back at the Drama Centre where she was Course Director of the BA Honours Acting Course 2002-2010. As well as continuing her relationship with Drama Centre, Annie now works at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art as a core acting tutor and director.  She sits on the interview panel for the MFA in Directing at Birkbeck College, is a reader for the Drama section at the publisher Bloomsbury Methuen and was part of the core team for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s project Open Stages running acting workshops for Dream 16 – A Play For the Nation. She has contributed to the  book Directing by Rob Swain.

WORKSHOP

SHAKESPEARE AND GENDER 

with OWEN HORSLEY (Cheek by Jowl, RSC) 

DATES AVAILABLE: 

Sunday 24th February 

TIME: 10am-5pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG

HOW WILL IT WORK?

Royal Shakespeare Company Director and Cheek by Jowl Associate Director Owen Horsley, leads a workshop for professional actors on classical text with a twist. The task is simple - participants are asked to bring a speech of the opposite sex to work on for the workshop. 

 

As more exciting choices continue to be made in the industry regarding gender it is offering many more possibilities for casting and providing new provocations for Classical work. 

 

This day workshop will not only provide the actor with an accessible approach to classical text but also allow the actor to challenge themselves by working on a speech of the opposite sex that excites them…. hopefully a character that they will play in the future.

PREPARATION: 

Please choose a classical monologue of the opposite gender to what you identify as and bring it with you. This workshop will be spent working on these pieces.  

COST: £45

ABOUT OWEN

Owen trained at Drama Centre London. 

 

Directing credits include Maydays by David Edgar, Salome by Oscar Wilde, The Famous Victories of Henry V and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Royal Shakespeare Company). Owen was Associate Director on the RSC King and Country Tour and worked with Artistic Director Gregory Doran on Richard II and Henry IV Part 1 and 2 and Henry V from 2013-16. 

 

Owen is also an Associate Director for Cheek by Jowl. He was Assistant Director to Declan Donnellan on The Changeling (2006) Cymbeline (2007), Troilus and Cressida (2008), Macbeth (2009-11) and ‘Tis Pity she’s a Whore (2011-13) becoming Associate Director in 2010. Owen Co-Directed the 2013 Tour of Tis Pity. 

In 2008 Owen formed Eyestrings Theatre Company with his production of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II at St Andrew’s Crypt in Holborn. Further work with Eyestrings include In Bed With Messalina (Courtyard Theatre) See What I See (St Clements Mental Hospital) and The Duchess of Malfi (Southwark Playhouse and UK Tour).

 

Other directing credits include Who’s There?, Antony and Cleopatra (Classic Stage Company, New York) The Picture of Dorian Gray (Watermill), Don Giovanni (LaMaMa, New York) The Two Noble Kinsmen (RWCMD) Outside on the Street (Edinburgh Fringe and Arcola) Antony and Cleopatra, Lysistrata, As you Like it (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and Hungry Heart (RADA).

Owen also works extensively in Europe. He has led workshops in Spain, Italy, Luxembourg and France. Owen’s first Spanish production, The Malcontent, opened at the Almagro Festival in August 2011 before transferring to Madrid.

WORKSHOP

SOAP ISN'T A DIRTY WORD: CASTING FOR CONTINUING DRAMA 

with WAYNE LINGE

DATE: Tuesday 9th October 

TIME: 6.30pm – 9.30pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG

HOW WILL IT WORK?

 

Soap Opera is the backbone of UK television drama. Soap (or to give it its modern title ‘Continuing Drama’) is where many actors secure their first on-screen experience and has been the springboard for many careers. So how should you approach a casting for Soap? And how does it differ to castings for other drama?

The workshop will look at:

 

  • How to prepare for your casting

  • What the Casting Director is looking for in the room

  • How to build on the experience, even if the casting didn’t go your way

 

Across the three hour session your read will be in front of the other actors in the workshop.

We will film the reads and watch a selection of them back as a group. You’ll be offered feedback on the reads / clips and also have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

 

PREPARATION

 

  • 48 – 24 hours before the session you will be sent your scenes (also called ‘sides’).

  • This material will be chosen based on you; i.e. it will be a character you could expect to be cast as.  

  • You will only receive sides, not the whole script.

  • You will be expected to be as familiar as possible with the material. But you are welcome to bring a paper copy for your read.

  • The material will be taken from broadcast scripts.

COST: £15

ABOUT WAYNE

Wayne Linge is a Casting Assistant for BBC Studios.

Programmes include EastEnders, Our Girl, Big School, Father Brown, The Boy In The Dress & Grandpa’s Great Escape. 
He has worked in TV casting for four years. Prior to this Wayne worked in TV Entertainment including Strictly Come Dancing & The One Show. 

His career started in theatre, where he was Assistant Producer for a regional theatre company for four years.

COURSE

FINDING HIS VOICE: 

A SHAKESPEAREAN WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN 

with ZOÉ FORD BURNETT

DATE: Tuesday 2nd, Thursday 4th and Saturday 6th October  

TIME: 10am – 5pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG

HOW WILL IT WORK?
 

‘I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a King, and a King of England too’ - Queen Elizabeth I

 

A 3 day intensive exploration of Shakespeare’s male protagonists, in an all female environment.

 

What does it mean to have a male voice? And what happens when women adopt this voice for themselves? Structured over the course of 3 days, we will examine these key texts:

 

Julius Caesar

Henry V

Richard III

 

Using a traditional rehearsal room process with director Zoe Ford Burnett, you will stage and perform selected duologues from each, exploring what it means to be a woman in a man’s world.

 

PREPARATION: Knowledge of all three of the plays is essential. Whilst you don’t need to learn anything in advance, please come with an idea of a couple of sections that you might like to explore.

COST: £100

ABOUT ZOÉ

Zoé is currently Associate Director to Sam Mendes on The Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre.

 

Her work in theatre as a director includes Octavia, a rehearsed reading at the Barbican in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company; Julius Caesar at LSDA; Macbeth at the Karamel Club; Hamlet at Riverside Studios (Offie Award nomination for Best Director); Sonnets at Shakespeare’s Globe; Richard III, A Life in Theatre and Romeo & Juliet at the Gatehouse; Titus Andronicus at the Arcola, the Edinburgh Fringe and the Etcetera; Blood Wedding and The School for Scandal at Waterloo East; Click 2 Share at Theatre503; and Wounds at Tristan Bates.

 

As assistant/associate director her work includes Earthworks and Antony and Cleopatra for the RSC; Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Closer, Teddy Ferrara, The Vote and Splendour at the Donmar; and Henry V at Regents Park. Text includes Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, Titus Andronicus and Julius Caesar at Shakespeare’s Globe. Audio directing includes cast recording of Les Liaisons Dangereuses for the Donmar Warehouse.

 

Zoé was previously Artistic Director of Hiraeth Artistic Productions and resident assistant director at the Donmar Warehouse.

WORKSHOP

FROM ACCIDENT TO INSPIRATION: A RADICAL WORKSHOP IN DEVISING 

with AMY GWILLIAM

DATE: Tuesday 4th September

TIME: 6.30 - 9.30pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG 

“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic

mistakes. Break rules … Make. Good. Art.” (Neil Gaiman)

 

HOW WILL IT WORK?

Lead by Mono Box collaborator, Philippe Gaulier trained theatre-maker, performance artist and comic, Amy Gwilliam, this is a devising workshop designed to empower actors as creative, liberated theatre-makers.

 

Amy believes that the best kind of theatre – with and without text - begins accidentally, by mistake. And that our best performance lies within the realm of our vulnerability and risk-taking. But how do we get there?

PREPARATION 

There is no preparation for this session

COST: £28

ABOUT AMY

Amy is a theatre-maker, performance artist and facilitator. Following a degree in English at

Cambridge University, she trained for two years with Philippe Gaulier in Paris, after which she established award-winning touring company Teatro Entre Escombros in Spain (“sublime, ridiculous”). Her most recent work has focused on solo performance, including MUMMY (performer, writer) and - in Portugal - De Monster (dramaturg, director). She writes, performs and directs for comedy and cabaret events, curates the satirical revue ExperTeaze and is currently writing her new bouffon show The Profit.

 

Amy has trained and worked with theatre companies from all over the world, including

Complicite, Spymonkey and SITI Company. She has a diploma in Therapeutic Skills and is a core facilitator for Theatre for a Change (recent projects in Malawi and DRC) and Clowns Without Borders (recent projects in Greece and Turkey).

 

As a facilitator/coach, she is known for her playful and rigorous practice which is centred less on methods and more on madness. She frees the performer in a very special way.

WORKSHOPS

ACTOR'S WORK OUT 

with Ned Bennett (Director Equus, Pomona, Yen) 

DATES: These stand alone day workshops are available: 

Saturday 1st June 

TIME: 10am - 5pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG 

HOW WILL IT WORK?

These stand-alone day long workshops are designed to give actors the space to develop their skills and practice their craft. This workshop will suit anyone interested in experiencing both a collaborative process and developing independent practice.

The day will consist of a class in the morning and a laboratory in the afternoon. 

Participants will be asked to become familiar with a prescribed duologue and bring in an additional duologue and monologue (we will request only the monologue is learnt). 

Morning: The Class

Creating three dimensional relationships on stage

Through improvisation and text work, Director Ned Bennett (Equus, An Octoroon, Buggy Baby, Pomona) will look at techniques that promote an imaginative and open response to a scene. It will examine specific acting exercises that promote dexterity and spontaneity with language and action. 

Afternoon: The Laboratory

Application on text

Through an experimentation of what suits the individual actor, this session will cover:

  • Endowments/perspectives of the other character in order to create physically and emotionally specific relationships 

  • Improvisation techniques to unlock the sense of a scene

  • Approaches to deepening the character's subconscious

 

 

PREPARATION 

Prep for Actor's Workout participants 

1. Please read the script of Alistair McDowall's Pomona and become familiar with Scene 13 (learning it is not necessary). The script will be sent to you. Please print what you need and bring to the class. 

2. Please bring in an additional short duologue (2 or 3 minutes - or so, not from Pomona) that you are familiar with from a play of your choice.

3. Please bring in a learned short monologue (1 minute or so, also not from Pomona) from a play of your choice.

4. For the additional duologue and monologue please bring in the complete script where possible.

The additional duologue and monologue can be from the same play.  

The Mono Box library is accessible every Tuesday: https://www.themonobox.co.uk/the-collection

It is only necessary to learn the monologue.

COST: £45 per day workshop. 

ABOUT NED

Directing credits: Equus with English Touring Theatre & Theatre Royal Stratford East; Victoria's Knickers with NYT Rep; Buggy Baby at the Yard Theatre; Baddies for Synergy Theatre Project; An Octoroon at the Orange Tree and National Theatre; Brixton Rock for The Big House; The Crocodile at the Manchester International Festival; Yen at the Royal Exchange and Royal Court; Pomona at the National Theatre, Royal Exchange, Orange Tree, RWCMD and The Gate; Superior Donuts at the Southwark.

 

Playhouse; Primetime and Pigeons Royal Court tours; Mercury Fur at the Old Red Lion/ Trafalgar Studios; A Butcher of Distinction at the King’s Head.

He was awarded Best Director in the UK Theatre Awards for Pomona and Yen and for Pomona and An Octoroon in the Off West End Awards.

COURSE

WRITING FOR THEATRE

with LEE ANDERSON 

DATES: 6 week course on Wednesday evenings: 12th June, 19th June, 26th June, 3rd July, 10th July and 17th July  

TIME: 6.30pm - 9.30pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG 

HOW WILL IT WORK?

Looking to fine-tune your playwriting skills?


Interested in experimenting with new forms and styles?


Curious to learn about how an award-winning theatre company develops work with writers?

Facilitated by Squint’s Literary Associate, Lee Anderson, and guest writers who have previously collaborated with Squint, the group empowers first-time and early-career writers to take risks, experiment with form and create fresh original work.

 

Each three-hour workshop in this six-week program will engage playwrights of any age and experience with a distinctive element of Squint’s practice. This will range from writing for chorus and working from verbatim material, to experimenting with form and rapid response writing.

 

Participants will acquire a practical insight into the way Squint make provocative work centred around the most topical issues affecting the world today. By the end of the program, each participant will have assembled a collection of original work, as well as a range of research and exercise tools that they can take forward in their future development as writers and makers.

PREPARATION 

 

You will receive a little bit of prep before Week 1 via email. 

COST: £110

ABOUT SQUINT

Squint are an award-winning theatre company make fearlessly theatrical work that presents unique perspectives on the most talked about stories. They make ensemble-driven theatre through devising and new writing. They believe a conversation can change the world and that theatre spaces are where those conversations can take place.

 

Squint was founded at the University Of Reading in 2009 by Artistic Director, Andrew Whyment. We have been working with writers and producing new work since 2010. Today we are London-based, but we work internationally. Previous productions include LONG STORY SHORT (Charing Cross Theatre) and MOLLY (Charlie Hartill Award, The Stage Award).

WORKSHOP

BRUSH UP YOUR SHAKESPEARE:

CLASSICAL AUDITION PREP

with GILES HAVERGAL

DATES: Saturday 19th October

TIME: 10am - 5pm 

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG 

HOW WILL IT WORK?

 

Are you about to audition for drama school? Are you in need of some confidence when it comes to preparing and delivering your classical text? 

 

This day long workshop will start with group work on a single speech and then move on to individual monologues. Using techniques and skills he has harvested in rehearsal rooms, regular RADA acting tutor Giles Havergal will build your understanding of the material and make Shakespeare understandable and enjoyable. This session will give you the confidence you need to walk into your drama school auditions with clarity and precision. 

PREPARATION: 

Please LEARN the speech you are thinking of doing for your audition and bring a hard copy of the text with you. This should last around 3 minutes.

COST: 

£35

ABOUT GILES

GILES HAVERGAL is a Theatre and Opera director. He was co-Artistic Director for many years of the CITIZENS' THEATRE GLASGOW where he worked as both a Director and actor. He has directed plays from Shakespeare to Brecht, and also the Annual Christmas Pantomime. He teaches regularly at RADA and at the AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATRE in San Francisco.

 

He has adapted many novels for the stage including Graham Greene's TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT which won an Olivier Award. His Opera work includes 'THE MERRY WIDOW' and 'BERLIN TO BROADWAY' (Kurt Weill) for OPERA NORTH in 2018.

WORKSHOP

FINDING YOURSELF IN THE PART

with DAVID CARLYLE

DATE: Tuesday 9th July

TIME: 10am-5pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG

 

HOW WILL IT WORK?​​

“The expression ‘to lose yourself’ in the part has always confused me. I find it much more stimulating to say that I want ‘to find myself’ in the part.”

– Uta Hagen writing in ‘Respect For Acting’.

Uta Hagen identified that understanding a character is a consequence of understanding yourself: that the best work is a result of truthful engagement with your own experience - revealing human behaviour through a use of yourself and that a continuous practice is fundamental. However, she also identified that actors need actors to practice!

This workshop draws upon her inspirational teachings and creates an environment for participants to practice their ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances. Based on the principals of her ‘Object Exercises’ we will work together on exciting and enlightening improvisations that will reveal just how extraordinary it can be to put yourself into the part and experience that elusive ‘in-the-moment’ quality. 

Who it is geared to:

People aged 18+ with some form of experience or knowledge of acting.

PREPARATION

None for day 1!

 

COST: £60

ABOUT DAVID

David Carlyle is an actor and acting teacher who trained at Rose Bruford College. His acting work includes theatre productions with the National Theatre, The National Theatre of Scotland, Birmingham Rep, Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Regents Park Open Air Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Dundee Rep, Finborough and Liverpool Everyman. He has worked in television with the BBC and in various radio with BBC Radio 4. As part of an ensemble of four working with The National Theatre of Scotland he received The Stage award for Best Ensemble. As well as his work at The Mono Box, he teaches acting at the London School of Dramatic Art and a number of other UK drama schools.

DEVISING AND EMBODIED PRACTICES   

with STRUAN LESLIE 

DATE: Monday 24th June - Wednesday 26th June (you must be available for all days) 

TIME: 10am - 5pm 

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG 

HOW WILL IT WORK?

What do you want to make work about? Where do we get the ideas from? How do we find structure and form?

 

Combining techniques and processes that Struan Leslie has developed over 35 years of theatre devising, from opera to circus, solo and ensemble work, this intensive will focus on making something from nothing.  

 

Starting from nothing, other than ourselves, and using generative tools, we will explore both solo and ensemble form devising. Combining the exploration of personal physical traits and affinities with a written listing process we will discover fundamental interests and ideas that can fuel exploration throughout the week. 

 

The aim of the course is to create raw materials in the form of shared work that can be taken away and developed towards new work. The emphasis is on process and enquiry not finished product

 

Each day will begin in a movement based preparation drawing on and supporting the needs of the day to come as identified by the group. 

 

COST: £75

ABOUT STRUAN

Struan’s work with writers and text include workshops and the creation of new work with departments at National Theatre and Royal Shakesepeare Company and as commissioned by Manchester International Festival Company.  He has also led writing workshops at residencies at American Universities of Illinois, Utah, and Willamette, and UK Drama schools. As movement director and director he has worked with writers for theatre including Martin Crimp, Rona Munro, Neil Bartlett, Lisa Gaye Dixon and Matthew Roberts and on screenplays with Russell T. Davies and  Tony Jordan.

 “Imaginatively directed ….  skilfully structured …  believable and engaging characters…. fine example of what a one-man (plus director/dramaturge) show can do.”  The Scotsman on “Canoe” by Matthew Roberts at Edinburgh Fringe 2018 for which Struan was Director and Dramaturg.

COURSE

DIY - MAKE YOUR OWN SHOW  

with AMY GWILLIAM 

DATE: Friday 30th August and Saturday 31st August (you must attend both days)

TIME: 10am - 5pm 

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG 

HOW WILL IT WORK?

For those people who know they’ve got a show in them.

For those who don’t.

For the children of paradise who never stopped dreaming, but might have forgotten how - 

 

This is your moment!

 

This 2-part workshop will shake, rattle and roll participants into the heady process of making your own show. This may begin a new playscript, a solo show, installation, comedy or other.

 

Amy will take participants through an initial process to mine material and capture germinal ideas. These primal hunches will then begin to take shape through improvisation techniques and creative writing practices. We will look at form and content and experiment with composition and performance to set each participant on their way with confidence and inspiration.

 

The process will reflect Amy’s working values, a dance of discipline and decadence and dedication. Her own creative practice is far-reaching, crossing genres, languages, lands in the search for authentic, eccentric, magnificent work. Above all, she seeks to empower artists in evolving their own practice and style, and challenging pre-conceived limits on our creative capacities.

 

Come and play...

 

“You have a special skill to tease material out of people and help make us shine. You very expertly lead us to discover and execute creative ideas with your nurturing manner.” 

 

“Life changing, Amy. I felt so free and so happy in a way I haven’t felt for a long time”

 

“The most revealing, but at the same time sensitive week. I know myself better and hope I can transfer that to other projects.”

COST: £70

ABOUT AMY

Amy is a theatre-maker, performance artist and facilitator. Following a degree in English at

Cambridge University, she trained for two years with Philippe Gaulier in Paris, after which she established award-winning touring company Teatro Entre Escombros in Spain (“sublime, ridiculous”). Her most recent work has focused on solo performance, including MUMMY (performer, writer) and - in Portugal - De Monster (dramaturg, director). She writes, performs and directs for comedy and cabaret events, curates the satirical revue ExperTeaze and is currently writing her new bouffon show The Profit.

 

Amy has trained and worked with theatre companies from all over the world, including

Complicite, Spymonkey and SITI Company. She has a diploma in Therapeutic Skills and is a core facilitator for Theatre for a Change (recent projects in Malawi and DRC) and Clowns Without Borders (recent projects in Greece and Turkey).

 

As a facilitator/coach, she is known for her playful and rigorous practice which is centred less on methods and more on madness. She frees the performer in a very special way.

WORKSHOP

AUDITION PACKAGE: CONTEMPORARY AND CLASSICAL SPEECHES 

with ZOÉ FORD BURNETT 

DATE: Tuesday 26th February

TIME: 10am – 5pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG

HOW WILL IT WORK?
 

A rare opportunity to help prepare your audition speeches with director Zoé Ford Burnett.

 

The morning session will look at your chosen monologues from the contemporary repertoire and will examine and explore in detail how you can make choices that will bring the text alive vividly, with variation and specificity. The afternoon session workshop will look at ways of approaching complex/heightened text, making it live and real, as if spoken for the first time, while using the form of the language. You’ll leave knowing how to opening your hearts to those big actions and taking a risks to be real and poetic.

 

PREPARATION: 

 

Please prepare one monologue from the Classical repertoire and one Contemporary speech. Each should be no more than 2 minutes long. You should bring a paper copy of the speech for Zoé to use as reference. 

COST: £45 

ABOUT ZOÉ

Zoé is currently Associate Director to Sam Mendes on The Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre.

 

Her work in theatre as a director includes Octavia, a rehearsed reading at the Barbican in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company; Julius Caesar at LSDA; Macbethat the Karamel Club; Hamletat Riverside Studios (Offie Award nomination for Best Director); Sonnetsat Shakespeare’s Globe; RichardIII, A Life in Theatreand Romeo & Julietat the Gatehouse; TitusAndronicusat the Arcola, the Edinburgh Fringe and the Etcetera; BloodWeddingand TheSchoolforScandalat Waterloo East; Click2Shareat Theatre503; and Woundsat Tristan Bates.

 

As assistant/associate director her work includes Earthworksand AntonyandCleopatrafor the RSC; LesLiaisonsDangereuses, Closer, TeddyFerrara, TheVoteand Splendourat the Donmar; and HenryVat Regents Park. Text includes ComedyofErrors, Hamlet, TitusAndronicusand JuliusCaesarat Shakespeare’s Globe. Audio directing includes cast recording of LesLiaisonsDangereusesfor the Donmar Warehouse.

 

Zoé Ford was previously Artistic Director of Hiraeth Artistic Productions and resident assistant director at the Donmar Warehouse.

WORKSHOP

AUDITION PACKAGE: CONTEMPORARY AND CLASSICAL SPEECHES 

with ZOÉ FORD BURNETT 

DATE: Tuesday 26th February

TIME: 10am – 5pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG

HOW WILL IT WORK?
 

A rare opportunity to help prepare your audition speeches with director Zoé Ford Burnett.

 

The morning session will look at your chosen monologues from the contemporary repertoire and will examine and explore in detail how you can make choices that will bring the text alive vividly, with variation and specificity. The afternoon session workshop will look at ways of approaching complex/heightened text, making it live and real, as if spoken for the first time, while using the form of the language. You’ll leave knowing how to opening your hearts to those big actions and taking a risks to be real and poetic.

 

PREPARATION: 

 

Please prepare one monologue from the Classical repertoire and one Contemporary speech. Each should be no more than 2 minutes long. You should bring a paper copy of the speech for Zoé to use as reference. 

COST: £45 

ABOUT ZOÉ

Zoé is currently Associate Director to Sam Mendes on The Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre.

 

Her work in theatre as a director includes Octavia, a rehearsed reading at the Barbican in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company; Julius Caesar at LSDA; Macbethat the Karamel Club; Hamletat Riverside Studios (Offie Award nomination for Best Director); Sonnetsat Shakespeare’s Globe; RichardIII, A Life in Theatreand Romeo & Julietat the Gatehouse; TitusAndronicusat the Arcola, the Edinburgh Fringe and the Etcetera; BloodWeddingand TheSchoolforScandalat Waterloo East; Click2Shareat Theatre503; and Woundsat Tristan Bates.

 

As assistant/associate director her work includes Earthworksand AntonyandCleopatrafor the RSC; LesLiaisonsDangereuses, Closer, TeddyFerrara, TheVoteand Splendourat the Donmar; and HenryVat Regents Park. Text includes ComedyofErrors, Hamlet, TitusAndronicusand JuliusCaesarat Shakespeare’s Globe. Audio directing includes cast recording of LesLiaisonsDangereusesfor the Donmar Warehouse.

 

Zoé Ford was previously Artistic Director of Hiraeth Artistic Productions and resident assistant director at the Donmar Warehouse.