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It’s a priority for Salisbury Playhouse to find new ways to develop relationships with theatre makers, writers and directors. As one of the major producing houses in the South West it is important to us to open our doors to local artists, support emerging talent and to help ensure that the South West Voice has a strong presence on the National Stage. Keep an eye on this page for upcoming opportunities, training and events for emerging and established theatre makers.

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From April 2017 Salisbury Playhouse are running a series of drop in practical workshops specially designed for semi-professional and professional performers to keep their skills fresh whilst exploring new techniques. The workshops will be run by in-house and visiting directors and practitioners, and will be a great opportunity to meet a range of professional artists and directors.

The drop in workshops are suitable for ages 18+ and each session costs £10

All sessions run from 6.30pm - 9pm 

Thursday 18 May 2017 - Yoga and the actor’s physical body with Jo Newman, Associate Director of Salisbury Playhouse.
Jo will work with participants to explore yoga and other physical approaches (such as the Laban Efforts) as ways of approaching character and text.

Thursday 29 June 2017 - Led by Flora Longley-Cook.
Flora will work with the group to practice physical playfulness in the rehearsal room. We will explore relationships and intentions through physical games and rules that can be used in a rehearsal room.

Thursday 3 August 2017 - With Director Hannah Treadaway
Hannah will work with the group to explore different ways of connecting with characters, their stories and relationships with other characters in a piece.

Thursday 2 November 2017 -  Led by Dave Orme, this workshop will focus on observing and developing the social and political context of characters and how this can inform the choices made as a performer.
Dave is currently the Youth Theatre Director at Salisbury Playhouse and has directed the productions of Government Inspector, Peer GyntStay Brave Brian GravyClause 39MoonfleeceDiscontented Winter/House Remix and Bedlam.
Dave has worked as a freelance workshop facilitator, director, performer and audio visual artist for companies such as, The Point Theatre, The Berry Theatre, The National Association of Youth Theatres, The Nuffield Theatre, Pilot Theatre Company and York Theatre Royal. 

Thursday 2 November 2017 - more information coming soon

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Salisbury Playhouse, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and the JMK Trust are inviting local directors and theatre-makers interested in directing theatre to join their free ongoing talent development scheme, based at the two theatres. The aim is to:

  • Create a hub for directors interested in making theatre.
  • Provide access to exclusive workshop, training and development opportunities for emerging directors and makers.
  • Create a chance for directors and makers to meet regularly, to network and to share ideas both regionally and nationally.
  • The opportunity to apply for a Leverhulme Arts Scholarship, securing the chance to work as an assistant director on a professional production.

Jo Newman will head up the scheme at the Salisbury Playhouse, working with the Nuffield Theatre and JMK's Regional Coordinators Sam Potter and Justin Audibert to create a series of workshops, gatherings and events for theatre directors in the region throughout the year.

To join the group please email Jo.Newman@salisburyplayhouse.com

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Theatre Fest West is Salisbury Playhouse’s annual celebration of work made in the South West. 2017’s Theatre Fest West was bigger than ever, with over 30 performances taking place across Wiltshire showcasing work from artists from all corners of the South West. 

Details of Theatre Fest West 2018 and how to be involved will be announced soon

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