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Creating Theatre - An Intensive Lab

Presented by The Scenic Route with Masterclasses from


Frantic Assembly






About The Lab


As part of our platform to provide accessible opportunities to nurture new talent, The Scenic Route presents an intensive practical workshop exploring how to create original theatre collaboratively from scratch.


Through a series of masterclasses, practical exercises and rehearsals the group will investigate a range of techniques involved in devising a cross-disciplinary piece which brings together physical theatre, text and music.


The lab will culminate in a sharing of the work to an invited audience.





This is a rare opportunity to benefit from the combined expertise of respected practitioners, whilst practically applying their shared experience in a working ensemble.


Participants will take away a wealth of resources to build upon in future work, along with increased skill, confidence and understanding working in this form, plus connections with other artists.




10am - 6pm

Monday 12th March to Sunday 18th March 2018 (except Friday 16th March - independent process day )


Stockwell Playhouse

208 Wandsworth Road

London SW8 2JU





Sunday 18th March


Etcetera Theatre

265 Camden High St

London NW1 7BU


The Lab and The Practitioners


Day 1:

am: Frantic Assembly masterclass: 'Building Blocks'

pm: Workshop / rehearsal with The Scenic Route


Day 2:

am: TBC masterclass: 'Creating Text'

pm: Workshop / rehearsal with The Scenic Route


Day 3:

am: TBC masterclass: 'Composing for Theatre'

pm: Workshop / rehearsal with The Scenic Route


Day 4:

am: TBC

pm: Workshop / rehearsal with The Scenic Route


Days 5 & 6:

Workshop / rehearsal with The Scenic Route




(Please note, The Scenic Route reserves the right to alter the timetable and practitioners should it be necessary, but the quality and mix of training would not be compromised)




(To make the opportunity as accessible as we can, costs have been subsidised by The Scenic Route)


Early bird offer (book by Jan 31st!)




From Feb 1st



To Apply


The lab is open to both experienced and new artists alike, at any life stage, whether coming from a performance perspective, composition / musical direction, or playwriting.


(There is no requirement for all participants to perform)






Places are limited to ensure a small group.


(No formal experience or qualifications are necessary, but we are looking for participants who will work effectively collaboratively, represent a range of the disciplines, and are committed to developing their skills in this area)

For performers, theatre makers, playwrights and composers - at any level of experience - with an interest in building a tool kit for devising theatre and finding their voice in a collaborative process



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Applications will be considered and responded to in the order they are received

The 'whys' of our Creating Theatre Lab






Lab 1

Feedback from previous participants....

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"The Lab was a wonderful opportunity to experiment creatively, make mistakes and learn in a supportive environment. Bringing together different disciplines allowed everyone to explore new options, possibilities and ways of collaborating."  Chloe  Knibbs

"Although it was only a week the course really opened me up to realising what I am capable of when challenged...I now call myself a writer and performer with more assuredness than before!

... There was a lot of experience and knowledge to

be shared and gained in one room!" Alissa Cooper






"I was looking for a creative burst of fresh input and ideas, and Scenic Route's Theatre Lab was just that. A really busy week full of invention all leading towards a performance that was truly collaborative.

Great fun!" Jarek Adams

"I was constantly surprised by what we made together as a group...

It was phenomenal!"  Sofia Bagge