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Creating Theatre Lab

August 27th


September 2nd

"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
"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
"My experience of the Scenic Route Lab changed my theatre making process. Collaborating with other creatives was exciting and inspiring and has meant I have lasting friendships and work relationships with the talented artists I met during the event. I think it is so valuable particularly for playwrights who may find that moving out of your solitary comfort zone through the process of devising opens you up to different ways of accessing and constructing stories. It has to be said that in the context of how expensive training can be it is unbelievable value for money too. The whole event is guided by the very experienced Scenic Route professionals and was really enjoyable." Ginni Manning

"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 

"...a wonderfully inclusive week...It has been stimulating and fulfilling..."

Lab participant '19

An intensive lab from The Scenic Route with masterclasses in devising, creating text and creating music
Featuring Masterclasses from....
Award-winning, internationally-acclaimed physical theatre company
Darren Clark
Composer. Works include: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Day of the Living, These Trees Are Made of Blood, The Boy and the Mermaid, The Scarecrow's Wedding
Amy Rosenthal
Playwright: Sitting Pretty, Henna Night, Jerusalem Syndrome, On the Rocks, Fear of Cherry Blossom
Previous masterclasses have been led by

Tangled FeetFrantic Assembly,   

Complicite, Gecko, Jason Carr, Guy Connelly, Leo Geyer,

David Eldridge, and Nicholas McInerny

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

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.

Dates TBC



Day 1: 
am: masterclass GECKO THEATRE: 'Building Blocks'
pm: Workshop / rehearsal with The Scenic Route

Day 2: 

am: masterclass AMY ROSENTHAL: 'Creating Text'
pm: Workshop / rehearsal with The Scenic Route

Day 3: 
am: masterclass DARREN CLARK: 'Composition'

pm: Workshop / rehearsal with The Scenic Route

Day 4:
am: Workshop / rehearsal with The Scenic Route 
pm: Workshop / rehearsal with The Scenic Route

Day 5:

am: Workshop / rehearsal with The Scenic Route

pm: Workshop / rehearsal / Independent Process

Day 6:
Workshop / rehearsal with The Scenic Route

Performance (Work-in-Progress Sharing)


(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) 

If you are interested but cannot make all the dates please let us know. At our discretion, and space depending, we may be able to accommodate you

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)

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


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

Early bird offer 


Full price


(25% discount for previous participants)


For more information please contact

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