• Little Earthquake Creative Lab

  • Monday 13 August - Friday 17 August
  • 11am - 6pm
  • Join Little Earthquake for a weeklong Collaborative Devising Lab at Attenborough Arts Centre this August.

    Over five days, participants will form a new ensemble (just for the week, not forever!) with Little Earthquake’s Co-Director Gareth Nicholls, exploring the company’s approaches to devising narrative-led work collaboratively.

    The Collaborative Devising Lab is designed for Theatre Makers who are looking to develop new approaches to how they make their work, and Performers who are interested in starting to make their own work for the first time.

    Maybe you’re making solo shows for one person or ensemble pieces for multiple performers…

    Maybe you’re confronting an empty space or a blank page and wondering “Where do I start?” or hitting brick walls and dead ends in the middle of a process that’s already under-way…

    Maybe you’re creating something entirely new from scratch or playing around with material which already exists…

    Whatever you’re making and whatever stage you’re at, the tools and techniques Gareth shares will encourage you to be bolder and more imaginative (and to feel more confident as you do it!) — all in an inspiring and supportive working environment.

    Using a series of guiding principles, participants will:

    ·    add a range of new devising approaches and exercises to their toolbox;

    ·    learn the basics of improvisation (it’s not as scary as you might think!) and ways of incorporating this into their wider practice;

    ·    discover the secrets of play and spontaneity, learning new games and ways of extending these game structures into devising tools;

    ·    explore ways of working with their audiences in a more collaborative way.

    “Working with Little Earthquake is exhilarating, and a lot of fun. They made the group feel so comfortable, but gently pushed at the boundaries of what we all thought we were capable of.” - previous Little Earthquake Workshop Participant

    “Even though I make one-person shows, trying out Little Earthquake’s process has led me to bring other collaborators into the rehearsal room with me — making my solo work has stopped being a lonely place and has become so much more creative as a result.” - previous Little Earthquake Workshop Participant

    The Lab Week is free to attend, but places are strictly limited and we may not be able to offer a place to everyone who submits an expression of interest.

    Those wishing to participate must commit to the full five days (11am – 6pm at Attenborough Arts Centre) as each subsequent day builds on ideas explored on previous days.

    Each participant who completes the Lab Week will receive a card that entitles them to free entry to selected shows at Attenborough Arts Centre in the winter programme.

    To apply for a place on the Lab Week, please complete and submit this Expression of Interest Form by no later than 5pm on Thursday 12th July 2018. We’ll inform everyone of the outcome by 5pm on Friday 13th July 2018.

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