In Motion Theatre Company CRAFT Workshops

In Motion Theatre Company are delighted to bring to Paisley Arts Centre a selection of CRAFT workshops – a series of monthly sessions dedicated to the development of acting in a new writing context.

In Motion Theatre Company CRAFT Workshops

About In Motion Theatre Company CRAFT Workshops

Each month a different piece of new writing will be looked at in a practical way. All sessions will last for three hours, consisting of warm-up, skills-based workshops, discussions and practical work revolving around the actor’s craft and new writing text work between actors and a director. Open to actors, writers and directors to develop their craft in the areas of acting, writing, directing and producing.

The workshops will be hosted by the In Motion team and its associates including Creative Director of the company and playwright Lisa Nicoll, Theatre Director Allie Butler, Playwright and Actor Daniel Cameron, Theatre Director Beth Morton, Theatre & Radio Director David Ian Neville, Musical Director David Higham & Vocal Coach Michael Hill.

From performances to song, acting for radio to short play readings, writing a play in a month to touring work, there is something for everyone. To ensure a professional standard, we ask that all participants have been trained to drama school or college level and/or have had at least three professional credits. This programme is funded by Renfrewshire, Culture and Leisure.

Actor CRAFT sessions

Drop in for £10 each session or book all 5 for £35
All sessions are on a Monday evening & run from 6-9pm

28th January | Embodying Text Through Voice
25th February | Character Development Through Improvisation
25th March | Character Development and Physicality
29th April | Acting: The Ten Big Questions
20th May | Working as an Ensemble

Daniel Cameron leads ACTORS CRAFT our series of monthly sessions dedicated to the development of acting in a new writing context. Each month will focus on specific actor skills in relation to the following texts, Slab Boys by John Byrne, Lungs by Duncan MacMillan & This Restless House by Zinnie Harris.

Daniel Cameron is an actor and writer. As an actor he has worked with the Citizens Theatre, Traverse, Tron Theatre, Oran Mor, York Theatre Royal. He was recently awarded the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award for Acting Performance 2016 for his performance in the film I Am Me. As a writer Daniel was the recipient of the Playwrights Studio Mentoring award 2017/2018. Daniel also works extensively developing the actors craft and regularly hosts workshops at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Funded by Renfrewshire Arts, Culture & Heritage fund.

Write Lines

Write a new 10 minute play or extract over the space of a month.
£50 – 4 sessions with performance

Workshop 1 | Monday 4th February 6–9pm
Workshop 2 | Monday 18th February 6–9pm
Workshop 3 | Monday 4th March 6–9pm
Workshop 4 | Tuesday 5th March [Rehearsal slot between 10–6pm & Performance 7.30pm]

Working with producer and playwright Lisa Nicoll across four workshops, participants will create a new 10 minute play or the beginning of a larger piece of work, culminating in a development reading with professional actors to an audience and directed by Beth Morton

The Process
Workshop 1 | Writers are led through a series of exercises involving visual and oral stimuli to inspire material for a new play.
Workshop 2 | Writers create a 10 minute extract, with the opportunity to gain feedback and develop the text in a supportive environment.
Workshop 3 | Writers develop their extracts further. Edits and additions will be explored in response to a series of exercises.
Workshop 4 | Writers meet with professional actors and director Beth Morton to explore the extract during a rehearsal process.

Funded by Renfrewshire Arts, Culture & Heritage fund.

Write Lines – Short Play Performances

Tuesday 5th March 7.30pm

Write Lines is a script development programme run by In Motion Theatre Company. Over the course of four workshops, 10 writers have worked with Creative Director Lisa Nicoll to develop a selection of short scripts. Join us to support the playwrights and hear their scripts performed by a cast of professional actors and directed by Beth Morton.

Funded by Renfrewshire Arts, Culture & Heritage fund.

Plays with Songs

Tuesday 12th February 6–9pm

A practical workshop for writers and actors led by director Allie Winton Butler and musical director David Higham and will explore ways of how music and lyrics can be incorporated into plays opening up new possibilities for storytelling. Previous musical experience is not necessary – this workshop is suitable for actors, writers and directors.

Both Allie and David work extensively in Scottish Theatre and are working on the development of Jo Lennie’s new play Lily with In Motion Theatre Company – Allie has worked with Live Theatre Newcastle, Traverse, Tron Theatre, Eden Court and the Lemon Tree and tours work across Scotland. David’s musical directing credits include The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Chicago (Pitlochry Festival Theatre, The Choir (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow/ ATG), Chess, Cabaret, Our House, Betty Blue Eyes, Little Shop of Horrors, Into the Woods (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella (The Beacon, Greenock). He also co-ordinates the MA Musical Directing and BA Music strands on the Musical Theatre programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Funded by Renfrewshire Arts, Culture & Heritage fund.

Developing New Writing with Actors

Tuesday 26th February 6–9pm

New plays will always go through a process of textual discovery and reworking between writer and director, but what crucial role can actors play in this process? How do we discover through rehearsal of a new play what really works or what might work better? And how does this rehearsal process feed into developing the script? Beth Morton leads a practical workshop giving insight into how she navigates the rehearsal process and her approach to working collaboratively with actors on brand new writing.

Beth Morton is a director and theatre maker whose work includes the reimagined After the Cuts (Raw Material); Where the Crow Flies (In Motion); After the Cuts, For the Love of Chekov, Turns of the Tide (Oran Mor). She was associate director on Glasgow Girls (Pachamama); and Janis Joplin: Full Tilt (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and has worked as assistant director for the Tron Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange, and the National Theatre of Scotland.

Funded by Renfrewshire Arts, Culture & Heritage fund.

Take it to the Stage

Monday 11th & Tuesday 12th March 5–9pm (both evenings)
£20.00 (total cost for both workshops)

Join vocal coach Michael Hill & together with colleagues from a variety of performance disciplines, you will enjoy a fun, dynamic 2-day workshop, covering all the sounds the human voice can make, in a healthy way. Whether you wish to nail those high notes, better project and protect your voice, deliver a more compelling vocal delivery in a monologue, or even get to grips with some heavy rock screams, this workshop will help you achieve your goals.

Not only that, but you will have the opportunity to perform what you’ve learned in an intimate performance at the end of the workshop – all in front of an audience ready to cheer you on! You will receive group and one-to-one coaching on your performance piece throughout the session, ensuring you feel confident and ready to take it to the stage!

Michael Hill is a voice coach, singer and freelance BBC broadcaster, with a particular interest in voice science and its practical applications for expressive speaking and singing. His vocal coaching has embraced a wide range of different performers and styles – from teaching singing and accents to TV actors, coaching West End singers, helping lawyers with public speaking and even training international metalcore bands to grunt safely on tour!

Funded by Renfrewshire Arts, Culture & Heritage fund.

The Art of Voice!

Tuesday 26th March 6–9pm

Radio producer and theatre director David Ian Neville hosts a practical workshop for actors, exploring how we create character through voice. Acting for radio, theatre, tv and film and voice-overs for documentaries and adverts, all demand different voice qualities from a performer. How can you get the best out of your voice?

David Ian Neville is a writer, director and producer. Theatre credits include: the Fringe First award-winning play, Exile (Edinburgh & Bush Theatre, London); BBC Radio Drama productions include: The Archers; Station Road; Lynton Bay; Pleading by Rob Drummond, Midsummer by David Greig; he also produced the radio versions of Black Watch by Gregory Burke; David Greig’s Dunsinane and Fall by Zinnie Harris.

Funded by Renfrewshire Arts, Culture & Heritage fund.

ReWrite – Short Play Performances

Tuesday 23rd April 7.30pm

ReWrite is a script development programme run by In Motion Theatre Company. April will see four new short scripts being performed at the arts centre in response to the theme of ‘Paisley’.

From an open call, writers have been given space and guidance to develop their script with the IMTC team.

Join us to support our selected playwrights and see their scripts performed by a cast of professional actors, directed by Allie Winton Butler.

Chosen scripts will be announced in March.

Funded by Renfrewshire Arts, Culture & Heritage fund.

Self-Producing & Setting up a Theatre Company

Tuesday 30th April 6–9pm

Trying to find space and funding to develop or tour theatre can be difficult, but avenues and solutions can be found to ensure that work can be funded and seen by audiences across the country.

Creative Director of In Motion Theatre Company Lisa Nicoll has successfully secured funding from a variety of sources over the last ten years and self-produced her own work and that of others. Join her and producer Corinne Salisbury for insights into how things can be achieved and how to plan and get your own work out there from funding, to casting, to partnerships, to venues, to marketing!

Corinne Salisbury has produced and worked for companies including Fifth Word (associate company at Nottingham Playhouse), Theatre Uncut, Tangled Feet, Forward Theatre Project, 59 Productions, Poleroid Theatre, Les Enfants Terribles, Notnow Collective, Sheer Drop Theatre and the Bush Theatre.

Funded by Renfrewshire Arts, Culture & Heritage fund.

ReWrite Open Call

We are looking for four short plays or extracts on the theme of ‘Paisley’ for April’s event which will be performed at Paisley Arts Centre on 23rd April 2019 and then subsequently in Glasgow the following week.

ReWrite is a script development event for playwrights to explore their work. We’ll select four short plays or script extracts (up to 15 pages in length) and give you space and guidance to develop your script, to grow your ideas and push your playwriting.

Once selected writers will be invited in for a chat. We’ll talk about your script, ask questions and discuss where you want to take the script next. Writers will then be given a fortnight to ReWrite. Each selected playwright will receive £50.00 towards their expenses.

On the day of the event, each writer will be joined by professional actors to stage a reading of their short play in a 1.5 hour rehearsal slot, directed by Allie Winton Butler.

The day will culminate in staged readings of the four plays to a public audience.

To apply for ReWrite, email your script extracts to with the subject ‘ReWrite Paisley’ by 5pm on Monday 4th March 2019.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for In Motion Theatre Company CRAFT Workshops are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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