Learning is at the heart of the company ethos.

Much of our professional touring work starts life as student projects or workshop material. We have strong links with Lancaster University and Central St Martins and are currently company in residence at LICA. With company members Andrew Quick and Pete Brooks lecturing in Theatre Studies and Scenography respectively we are strongly attached to the academic world from which we emerged.

The company offers a wide range of education activities alongside our performances to enhance an understanding of the work. Stand-alone workshops are offered to schools, universities and drama centres to give students an insight into our working methods and techniques, introducing simple devising techniques and integrated technologies. Masterclasses in both the theory and the technological construction of our work are also available, as are after-show discussions and more general lectures which can be tailored to a wide variety of needs. We also work regularly on longer performance projects and residencies, particularly with undergraduate theatre degree courses or drama schools.

Recent projects have included work with Leicester De Montfort University, LICA, Lancaster University, The University of the Arts London, The National Theatre of Greece, Cyprus Theatre Organisation, University students in Armenia and Georgia, Exeter University, Hull College, Sheffield City Learning Centres and numerous schools through Yorkshire.

 


 

Education Resource Packs

Download our resource packs with workshop and project information and specific background and context for our most recent shows.


Workshops & Lectures:

Choreographic Deconstruction

All of our work, Nocturnes being no exception, relies heavily on choreographic structure of some sort. This session explores the choreographic deconstruction of an event. A workshop that takes a minute of action and orchestrates it to make a show.

  • 3 hour session / Day session / Longer project

Cinematic Dramaturgy

Our culture’s fascination with cinema and recorded media shows no sign of abating. This workshop will look at the way in which new technologies open up the possibility of staging more cinematic narratives, and how we can look to the structure of cinematic narrative to structure live work.

  • 3 hour session / Day session / Longer project

Failure

Nocturnes is a show which explores disintegration and our perception of what is ‘real’ and ‘true’. This workshop explores the poetics of failure. Theatre exists in the gap between what represents and what is represented. In this workshop we use simple technology and ask the participants to stage live a section from a classic film.

  • Day session / Longer project

20 Years of Making

As the company approaches its 20th birthday, this discussion with students, practitioners and/or audiences looks back at the history of the company from its early years devising work as a young company straight out of university, through to establishing a creative relationship with director Pete Brooks in 2005 and the direction the work has taken in its exploration of the boundaries between theatre and technology. There will be a Q&A element involved but the aim is for an open discussion.

  • Lecture / Discussion

Nocturnes: A Performance for the Post-Truth Landscape

This lecture focuses on the thinking behind the current touring production. We will lead the audience through the development of the ideas behind the show, focussing on the creative and intellectual decisions that in the end lead to what is seen on the stage. The journey is by no means linear.

  • Lecture

Technology as Scenographic Metaphor

This lecture examines the different ways that we have metaphorised the technological aspects of our productions. It looks at what it means or what it can be made to mean, for instance, when one uses a live camera feed. Thinking about how the technology is metaphorised is central to our approach to transmedial performance making.

  • Lecture