Published on Tue 17 Feb 2015
Led by professionals from the Royal Court Theatre and beyond, these free workshops are designed to provide insight into the many elements that come together to make a performance happen.

Led by professionals from the Royal Court Theatre and beyond, these free workshops are designed to provide insight into the many elements that come together to make a performance happen.

Open to residents of SW1V (Pimlico) and N15 & N17 (Tottenham). See below for booking details.


25 Feb 7pm
Hamish Pirie, Associate Director, Royal Court
As Associate Director for the Royal Court, Hamish’s directing credits include: Teh Internet is Serious Business and PPE, a microplay written by Tim Price in conjunction with The Guardian. Before coming to the Court, Hamish was Associate Director for the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh and Assistant Director for Paines Plough and the Donmar.

During the workshop, Hamish will show you key directing skills including how to realise a script and leading a creative team.


4 Mar 7pm
Louise Stephens, Deputy Literary Manager, Royal Court
Louise has worked in script development with the National Theatre of Scotland, Tron Theatre, Live, and the Traverse Theatre, where she was the Literary Officer for 3 years.

During the workshop, Louise will talk about the practicalities of script reading, script analysis and giving (or taking) feedback on a piece of writing. During the session we will talk about the key aspects to consider in analysing a piece of work intended for live performance and you’ll get some tips on writing a useful script report.


12 Mar 7pm
Joelle Taylor, Artistic Director, SLAMbassadors UK
Joelle Taylor is a spoken word artist, slam poet, playwright and novelist. She has performed across the UK as well as internationally. Her first collection Ska Tissue was released on MotherFoucaultPress in 2011 and after a summer festival tour is now in its second edition. In 2001 she coordinated the first London wide youth slam championships for the Poetry Society and is currently the Artistic Director of SLAMbassadors UK, the national youth slam championships. Joelle is also the coach of the national team and delivers Master Classes and ongoing mentoring for emerging poets and spoken word artists.

During the workshop, Joelle we give tips and tricks on how to make a viable career in spoken word and how to write and perform.


18 Mar 7pm
David McSeveney Head of Sound, Royal Court
As Head of Sound at the Royal Court David has provided sound design for several Royal Court plays, most recently Teh Internet is Serious Business, Not I/Footfalls/Rockaby, The Djinns of Eidgah and Routes

During the workshop, David will give you valuable insight in how to design sound for theatre and performance. Letting you in to trade secrets along the way.


25 Mar 7pm
Dion Wilson, Marketing Manager, Royal Court

Dion is the Royal Court’s Marketing Manager. She has worked with the team here for just over two years, and before that worked in Bristol, at Bristol Old Vic and on Mayfest.

Designed for those considering a career in arts marketing, or anyone looking for help with promoting their own work, this workshop will offer ideas and techniques for producing creative and engaging marketing activity, with a focus on theatre.

From copy writing to social media and video trailers – if there is a particular area that interests you please mention this in your booking email and we will try and make sure it is covered during the session.


26 Mar 8.30pm
Leo Butler, Playwright

Leo Butler is a British playwright. His plays have been staged, among others, by the Royal Court Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. A collective edition of his plays has been published. Leo Butler was previously writers tutor at the Royal Court Theatre.

During the workshop, Leo will provide valuable expertise on how to write a script and tips on how to get them produced.


1 Apr 7pm
Jack Williams, Head of Lighting, Royal Court

Jack Williams has been Head of Lighting for the Royal Court since 2012. He trained in stage management and lighting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. For the Court, Jack has designed the lighting for Peckham the Soap opera, If You Don’t Let Us Dream, We Won’t Let You Sleep, The Art of Dying, Ding Dong the Wicked and various shows for the Open Court Season in 2013.

During the workshop, Jack will show participants how to use lighting to heighten the emotions of a play using colour, light levels and angle and how lighting design can be a viable career in the arts from theatre to rock n roll


11 Apr 10am
Clint Dyer, Writer and Actor

Clint Dyer has been working in film, theatre and television for the last twenty-five years. His work has covered the disciplines of acting, directing and writing. Collaborating with the Royal Court, National Theatre, Almedia, The Bush Theatre, Apollo Theatre West End etc. The BBC, Channel 4 and ITV.

During the workshop Clint will provide insight into the realities of acting and how to use performance skills in everyday life.

Please contact Chris Sonnex directly to book your free place on the workshop of your choice.