Theatre Maker Open Day

Workshops, Tasters, Talks, & Lunch

Sat 6 Oct 2018

Theatre Maker Open Day

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Produced and presented by The Cockpit




Following on from our Theatre Maker launch event at the beginning of the year, we are gathering once again to introduce our new selection of Theatre Maker classes.  

We have some old favourites returning, along with the addition of some exciting new classes that we will be running for very the first time, all carefully curated to give Theatre Makers the best selection of classes and workshops to help them create new work. 

And the good news is you get to try them all!  No more having to pick and choose. We have structured the day so you get to try every class that's on offer. 

The day will run from 11am to 5pm with tutors running taster sessions in our studios and auditorium. Groups will move from room to room meaning everyone will have the chance to try each class. 

The day will consist of 3 sessions in the morning and 3 in the afternoon with a delicious vegan lunch provided in the middle.

We'll also provide plenty of tea and coffee on arrival and between sessions!

All for just £5


The first session starts at 11:00am, but we will be opening our doors at 10:30am. There will be lots of tea and coffee available. Please be punctual. We have to start on time to fit it all in!!


As an extra treat we are offering 25% discount to anyone that books on the day.

The bar will be open from 5pm so do feel free to stick around if you have any questions. And, if you did stick around, we are happy to offer you the chance to see one of our favourite Theatre Makers in action, with a complimentary ticket to Daisy Campbell's solo show PIGSPURT'S DAUGHTER at 7.30pm











3 x 45 minute taster sessions 

1.30pm - 2.30pm

A hot Vegan lunch provided by Laila's Creole Cuisine.

2.30pm - 5:00pm

3 more 45 minute taster sessions

5:00pm - 7:30pm

Networking, questions and drinks in the the chance to sign up to the classes you liked. With a 25% discount! 








Here's a list of all the classes that will be part of the Open Day.
Don't worry. We'll make sure everyone gets the chance to try them all!



Tutor: Oliver Senton

This is the perfect course for anyone who wants to make their own work but doesn’t know where to start.
Through storytelling and improvisation exercises, participants will produce a host of ideas for future development, and feel more confident about their ability to do so more easily in future.

Oliver teaches regularly at Drama Studio, Mountview and RADA. He studied at York University, and trained as an actor a at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and has worked for the RSC and Chichester Theatres as well as in the West End. He is an associate artist of Slung Low, and a founder member of Olivier Award winners Showstopper! The Improvised Musical and The School of Night. He has recently directed Gemskii’s one-woman show about Joan Littlewood, Joan, Babs and Shelagh Too, and Max Dickins’ first two plays, Trunk and The Man on the Moor.

Course Dates: Every Thursday evening for 3 weeks from 8th November



Tutor: Miriam King

This is the perfect course for anyone who wants to learn new methods of creating physical and visual theatre/performance work and fiind the right one to use in your own creative process.
Each week cover a different method - Laban 8 Effort Actions, Lecoq States of Tension, Butoh (moving from the imagination), Creating work by working with an object, Creating work by working with an item of clothing, and Creating work with a picture.

Miriam is an Artist/Choreographer/Dancer/Live Artist/Filmmaker born in London. Moving from circus, to visual theatre through to dance, and to live art and film, her most significant training was with Anton Adasinsky & his performance company DEREVO at their former studio in Leningrad, Russia in 1990. Miriam's work is influenced by Butoh dance. She has been creating her own unique performances since 1992, taking her to dance and live art festivals and artist-in-residences around the World.. Her award winning dance film work has been shown at Lincoln Centre/ New York, Pompidou Centre/Paris, ICA/London, the Venice Biennial and at the Sydney Opera House. Miriam has a continuing performance relationship with Gallery Kruh, Kostelec nad cernymi Lesy, nr Prague, Czech Republic which commenced in 1992 and an ongoing performance relationship with SoToDo Gallery, Berlin & the Congress of Visual and Performance Art.

Course Dates: A full day workshop on Saturday 3rd November

A weekly course scheduled for February. Exact dates TBC


Tutor: Christina Morelli

Being an entrepreneur is one of the most difficult aspects for an artist and creative visionary to master. In addition to developing, perfecting and exploring your craft, you also need to understand business basics and how to market yourself in this fiercely competitive, do-it-yourself world. Understanding how to successfully navigate your industry starts with one main concept - understanding who you are and what your desired outcome is from your career. Topics covered will include networking basics, time management, utilizing free industry resources, and discovering your USP

Christina Morelli is a writer, producer, and creative consultant, with a portfolio ranging from London to California. In 2011 she founded, CEOArtist, a creative consulting company designed to develop emerging artists, offer workshops and classes, and produce networking and live events. Christina has delivered classes and workshops at London Film School, Raindance Postgraduate Programme, and The Actors Centre, in addition to private consulting clients.
Christina also holds an MA in Screenwriting from London Film School. She is continuing to develop her feature length scripts and TV pilots, in addition to taking on the roles of producer, script editor and script supervisor for numerous short films.

Course Dates: A full day workshop on Saturday 20th October



Tutor: Lee White

Commedia dell’Arte has had a major influence on comedy since its inception. It is a tradition that has influenced theatre, actors and playwrights and its strong imprint can be seen in Restoration comedy, melodrama, music hall, vaudeville, circus, pantomime and in the Zanni of Chaplin, the Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, Mr Bean, and beyond.
Learn the physicality and mindset of traditional Commedia characters and story structures, use authentic masks and batoccios, and learn improvisation and scenario building.

 Participants also have the opportunity to be involved in Lee's new project Travelling Masks   - An exciting project which sees a set of masks travel to 9 countries on 5 continents where local theatre performance companies will have four weeks to gather the performers needed, rehearse and perform the plot scenario (kept secret until the box of masks is opened.

Lee has trained, taugh and performed internationally. He is an award winning actor and director, and is the founder of Stickyback Theatre.


Course Dates: Every Wednesday evening for 4 weeks from 9th January.

Travelling Masks will be a couple of evenings  at the end of January.





Tutor: Steve North

This weekend course uses devising techniqes to create bespoke scenes for your showreel. 

Steve North is an actor, writer and film maker. 
His film and television credits include Closed Circuit, Mongrels, Doctor Who, EastEnders, Is Harry on the Boat, London's Burning, The Day Britain Stopped, Midsomer Murders, Casualty,  Sense and Sensibilty, Whistleblowers, The Bill, Murphy’s Law, Holby City, Woof, South West Nine, and for the stage at The Arts Theatre Fever Pitch (solo show), RNT's War Horse, Meeting Joe Strummer and Shared Experience's Mermaid.

His film making credits include co-writing and co- producing the feature film South West 9, and Associate Producer on the film The Football Factory. He co-wrote and produced the short film Through the K-Hole, and directed the award winning short film Cregan for Screen South under the Digital Shorts Scheme.

He is also a highly experienced acting teacher and workshop leader, and is currently a course director at The Reel Scene and Head of Acting at Laine Theatre Arts.


Course Dates: A 2 day workshop over a weekend. Exact dates TBC





Tutor: Jonathan Brown

This class is perfect for anyone interested in creating a monologue, a one-person show, a stand up act, a solo improvised or devised piece, or a performance poetry act.
In a group of no more than 6 performers, theatre makers will work on writing & re-drafting material, performance skills & techniques, technical & Backstage considerations, booking venues, publicity, press, Media & Social Media, & the Web.

The course culminates in a scratch performance of your work in front of an invited audience at The Cockpit.

Jonathan has been performing and writing one-person shows since 2006, receiving 5 & 4 Star reviews, and awards including Best Male Performer (Brighton Fringe 2013) and Best New Play Award (Brighton Fringe 2012), Best Female performer, (Brighton Fringe 2014 for Smoking Ban performed by Kate Goodfellow)

Course Dates:  Thursday evenings for 5 weeks from 4 October 

Thursday evenings for 5 weeks from 21st February 

(As the October course will have already started, we are giving participants the chance to book ahead for February 2019)


Tickets: £5

Includes lunch, tea and coffee, and some light snacks plus a complimentary ticket to see PIGSPURT'S DAUGHTER (Subject to availability)

Full price: £5