The Creative Hub, The Storey Meeting House Lane Lancaster, LA1 1TH

Learning

At the heart of the company ethos

Learning is at the heart of the company ethos. Our learning opportunities are exciting, cutting-edge, and generous, sharing with others what we do, how we do it, and why we do it.

We offer a number of workshops and lectures that are focussed on our use of digital technologies. We also create specific learning opportunities for each of our touring shows, as well as a year round offer that continues to inform our practice and work.

Digitally Distanced Experiences:

We have adapted our learning work to be delivered digitally and remotely as well as in person. This is a really exciting opportunity to make our learning work more accessible, to push the ways in which we can collaborate, and to increase our capacity to deliver learning opportunities. In our portfolio of Learning work below you’ll find examples of some of the ways in which we are working digitally with collaborators old and new.

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Workshops and Lectures

Redux

Full day workshop (2 x 3 hours)

Participants create, shot for shot in real time, section of Night of the Living Dead, our most recent touring production. Introducing live streaming software and providing an insight into imitating the dog’s process. This workshop incorporates live performance, camera operation, lighting, and aspects of design for camera. This film has some adult content (15); an alternative film is available on request.

→ 10 – 15 participants
→ 16+
→ In person only

IMITATING imitating the dog

Full day workshop (2 x 3 hours)

Gain a wider experience of the imitating the dog process. Participants will learn about the different techniques used in a variety of imitating the dog shows, and how digital technologies can be used in theatre. This workshop can also be tailored to focus more on one particular aspect of the theatre-making, eg design, performance, or technology.

→ 10 – 15 participants
→ 16+
→ In person only

Alternative Pathways in Theatre

Half day workshop (3 hours)

Want to know more about working in the performing arts and the variety of roles available? This workshop, part talk and part practical, explores three aspects of the backstage roles integral to creating theatre: directing, design, and technical theatre. This can also be delivered as a series of online talks.

→ Up to 30 participants
→ 14+
→ Available physically and remotely

Methods of Adaptation

Half day workshop (3 hours)

Part talk and part practical workshop, participants will hear about the history of imitating the dog performance, and how we go about the process of adaptation for stage. Introducing the key questions and considerations for adaptation, this workshop covers topics such as dramaturgy, combining cinema and theatre, and how to evolve and develop your own theatre practice.

→ Up to 30 participants
→ 14+
→ Available physically and remotely

Lecture: Performances for a Post-Truth Landscape

The lecture focuses on the thinking behind the most recent touring producing, Night of the Living Dead Remix. We will lead students/audiences through the development of the idea behind the show, focusing on the creative and intellectual decisions that in the end lead to what is seen on stage. The journey is by no means linear.

Lecture: Technology as Metaphor

This lecture examines the different ways that we have metamorphosed 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 metamorphosed is central to our approach to transmedial performance making.

Lecture: 20 Years of Making

As the company goes past its 21st birthday, this discussion with students, practitioners, and/or audiences looks back at the history of the company from 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.

Residencies

Creation Lab

3 days minimum

In a Creation Lab residency, we open up our unique practice with participants, exploring in depth new practices and techniques alongside the development of a new piece of work. This is a great opportunity for students and early career artists to learn skills and create their own piece, whilst also being instrumental in the creation of a new imitating the dog show.

Example: Last year we worked with a group of early career artists at Theatre in the Mill, Bradford for a week, testing the initial idea of recreating Night of the Living Dead, live shot for shot. Participants helped shape our approach to making the show while learning a new set of skills.

→ 10-15 participants
→ 16+

Co-Production

Flexible

We love responding to a brief and collaborating in new and interesting ways. Previously we have been artistic mentors for university groups, dropping in fortnightly to run sessions; or have co-created a new sited museum exhibition. If you have a project that could use some imitating the dog magic, be that in the field of cinema, projection mapping, or performance, we’d love to chat.

Example: this year we are working with the University of Salford, co-running their New Trends in Theatre and Performance Module for third year students. Over the period of 6 weeks we will mentor students to create a new digitally made short-film.

We make specific learning opportunities for each of our touring shows. These include:

Digital learning packs (see below) that feature insights into the rehearsal room and creation process, interviews with company members, exercises to help share our methodology, as well as research and essays that highlight the contextual history of the world our work inhabits.

We provide specific workshop and learning opportunities, including hosting students in our rehearsal room and offering mentoring sessions to groups of young people.

We host post-show Q+As at tour venues, where audiences can come to learn more about our work and our process

Quotes

“The most valuable workshop I have done… A fantastic experience”
“A very thorough analysis of adaptation with practical examples and practical exploration…incredibly informative and entertaining”
“An engaging window into your fascinating process…LOVED IT!:”
“Our students found the opportunity of generating their own practical work on the ITD model very rewarding and stimulating. They also clearly benefited from the opportunity to work with and talk to Andrew, who was insightful – as well as honest – about the excitements and challenges of running a theatre company and devising such technically complex work.”

Learning resources

DIY

Join in at home with our series of Digital DIY projects.

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