Workshops

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structuresthatholCommon Wealth delivers workshops in lots of settings, working with people from all backgrounds. We’ve worked extensively in schools and youth centres with young people, have trained professionals working with domestic abuse and worked with community groups of all ages from 4-80 years old. We also regularly speak at panel events and deliver workshops for artists – get in touch for more info: evie@commonwealththeatre.co.uk

WORKSHOPS 

We can create bespoke workshops on any theme and with any participants you think might be interested. Whilst working on Our Glass House we developed a workshop for survivors of domestic abuse called ‘All the things you ever wanted to say’ which was a three-day residential for women who have survived domestic abuse, and their children.

Common Wealth worked with Imayla, a Bristol based charity to facilitate a beautiful trip away to Devon, Imayla provided childcare and nature/art walks for the children and Common Wealth worked with the women to explore All the things you ever wanted to say. The first day we concentrated on all the things you wanted to say to yourself, the second day was all the things you would want to say to your ex-partner/partner and the third day looked at the all the things you would say to your future.

Feedback from participants:

“Leaving I feel empowered and more ready for life, doing things I never thought I would or never had the confidence to do”

“Faced some of my emotions and seen I’m not alone”

“I have had a lovely time, feel young again and ready to focus on my life, feel liberated”

 

Participate Shows

We’re working with Curve in Leicester to develop a big piece of theatre for Inside Out Festival in May 2016 with their bollywood dance group, break dancers, choirs and more – watch this space!

HOW TO BE BETTER

We worked with Contact’s Young Company to create a 2015 Christmas show How to be Better “full of confetti and confession” for the main theatre at Contact, Manchester. It felt like an adventure into honesty with our audience, even creating Truth Booths at the end where wisdom from our audience was accumulated every night. We devised the show with the young company over 4 weeks and also worked alongside Level Up the young musicians who composed powerful, original music for the show and then performed live.  For more read this great, thoughtful write up here: Cultural Shenanigans Review

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Feedback from audience (via Twitter):

“Fantastically inventive; funny, intelligent, thought-provoking, inspiring and moving”

“Thought provoking, fresh, intelligent theatre – you’ve never seen Space 1 used this way”

“The best kind of theatre – honest and inspiring”

Schools

We deliver site-specific theatre workshops that aim to give drama teachers some ideas and approaches about making theatre site-specifically – we have been known to make a play in the girls toilets at one school about body image.

We’re currently working with MESMAC to deliver workshops in schools around LGBT identities. Whilst working on No Guts, No Heart, No Glory we worked extensively with young women with workshops about being fearless, brave and determined.

With Our Glass House we worked extensively with young people making theatre about healthy relationships and domestic abuse. We’re experienced facilitators and can respond to any theme that a school or college group is working on.

Masterclasses for Artists

Common Wealth deliver sessions for artists and other theatre practitioners across the UK. Our workshops are an insight into our practice and how we make work, they are practical and fun and involve an introduction into verbatim, devising, writing and staging site-specific work. By the end of the workshop we will usually have made a mini ‘show’.

We are also available to speak at panels / discussions, anywhere that will have us! We normally get asked to speak about engaging people new to theatre as actors and participants, approaches to sensitive material, political theatre and site-specific theatre.