Theatre Maker


Theatre that can only be made by the people making it. 

A Theatre Making community of Classes, Workshops, Drop-Ins, Scratch Nights & Showcases. 
Supporting individuals and companies working on original theatre; theatre that is surprising, sincere, and ambitious: What we think of as Motivated Theatre.






We offer a range of classes, workshops and talks aimed at getting work on stage, with tutors to advise, teach, develop, and support throughout the creative process.

All classes are designed to arm participants with creative and practical know-how that can be applied to their work with many of our classes culminating in a performance slot at our scratch night Theatre In The Pound.

Our next wave of classes is due to start in October. Keep the 6th of October free as we'll be hosting another open day where you can try our all the new classes for yourself. 
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We host two monthly performance platforms where Theatre Makers can share their work with an audience, recieve constructive feedback, and take their work further. 

Theatre In The Pound - Our monthly scratch night, performed in the round in the main space, infront of an audience

New Stuff - A monthly evening of rehearsed readings held in studio one in front of an audience

These are also where paticipants of some of our Theatre Maker classes share the work they have created.

We also have a Theatre Maker Social. - An informal gathering held before Theatre In The Pound, giving Theatre Makers the chance to catch up, grab a drink, and share ideas.





All Theatre Maker participants, whether they took part in New Stuff, Theatre in The Pound, or Theatre Maker classes, benefit from reduced studio hire rates, concession rate tickets, reduced rate classes and a 10% discount at our bar.

Once you have enrolled in a class your account will automatically be set up for these discounts. Participants in Theatre In The Pound & New Stuff simply need to call the box office to get set up. 





We’ve planned Theatre Maker to be particularly supportive of people working on original theatre; theatre that is surprising, sincere, and ambitious: what we think of as Motivated Theatre.

Rehearsal space, box office splits, assistance with tech, design, direction, marketing, social media support… we always try to help companies where we can. Now, with Theatre Maker, we’ve a more distinct way of identifying companies we choose to support – even when they leave our building and go on to wherever they are destined to go next.

Theatre Maker is a support network, a community and a brand that will help Theatre Makers move forward whilst giving them a network to fall back on.

Shows supported by Theatre Maker. 


18th - 23rd September @ The Cockpit

Richard came to The Cockpit as part of Camden Fringe 2017 with his show CRY, BLUEBERRY. With the help of Theatre Maker he then brought the show back for more dates and returns in September with his new show. 

BORDERLINE by Psyche Delight

Currently touring Europe

BORDERLINE first came to the Cockpit as part of our European Theatre Festival VOILA in 2016. With rehearsal space, production advice, and direction assistance we helped get BORDERLINE out on the road where it is still going strong.


Currently on a UK tour

TREADING WATER started life as a rehearsed reading at our monthly night NEW STUFF. It then went on to participate at VAULT festival before returning to The Cockpit and then heading out on tour. 


COSMIC TRIGGER by Daisy Campbell

Performed here for 23 nights in May 2017

COSMIC TRIGGER was co produced by The Cockpit.


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Motivated Theatre is work that can only be made by the people making it, often characterised by any or all of the following:
• That those involved take total control of all aspects of a collaborative creative work and bear all the risks. There are no absent stake-holders controlling the boundaries of what can happen on stage, no prior decisions taken by rights-holders elsewhere.

• That the work is about creating more than interpreting, and often features the presence of creators/devisors as performers/participators. Often from fields beyond theatre.

• That the work is the product of an artistic vision or an effort to evolve one, where the audience is aware of a unique personal or group style.

• The work is driven by the real-life concerns or experiences of the people making it, as well as their energy and abilities as participators. 

• That creative roles – often including technical roles - are dispersed throughout the company rather than contained within a strict creative or production hierarchy. 

Many of the most successful shows at The Cockpit exemplify Motivated Theatre including Borderline, Cosmic Trigger, Streets the Musical.

Below are all the classes we offered last season.... some of which will be coming back when our next set of classes kicks off in October.

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New Stuff

Rehearsed Readings Of New Work
Sun 16 Dec to Sun 21 Jul   

Theatre In The Pound

A Scratch Night Of All Things Theatrical
Mon 17 Dec to Mon 22 Jul   

Making Theatre As A Solo Performer

Create your own One Person Show and perform it at The Cockpit!

Making A Start! Generating Ideas, Stories and Inspiration for Your Show

Never be stuck for an idea again - create stories you will want to develop and learn techniques to do it again

Making Physical Theatre

Use Physical and Visual techniques to create work, solo, in pairs & in small groups

Making it Happen! Sell Yourself and what You Do!

Creative Arts Meets Business Smarts

Making Physical Comedy through Commedia dell'arte

Learn the original techniques of Slapstick and Physical Comedy, Culminates in a unique Performance opportunity

Make a Scene for your Showreel

A two day workshop devising then shooting a scene to use on your showreel