Masterclasses

 

 

Masterclasses - Manchester

 

We are pleased to announce our new series of Masterclasses. These are presented as Insights into the professions that make theatre happen. Each session concentrates on different aspects of what makes theatre happen and includes how to make a career in these fields.

 

The Black Lion are hosting our Masterclasses in Manchester

 

The first term will be Tuesday evenings - the dates are as follows:

 

21st May, 7:30pm-9pm - Directing - Led by Holly Race Roughan

On directing as a profession and how to work on a career

 

Holly is Resident Trainee Director at the Royal Exchange. Directing credits include: BELIEVERS ANONYMOUS (The Rosemary Branch Theatre), MY HEART CAN WHISPER (The White Bear Theatre), WAITING FOR ALICE (Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Fringe Festival), AFTER THE WAR (Cambridge ADC Theatre), PLAYHOUSE CREATURES (Lady Windsor Studio), THE RIDE DOWN MOUNT MORGAN (Lady Windsor Studio), Bristol Revunions in CAMBRIDGE FOOTLIGHTS AND FRIENDS (Cambridge ADC Theatre), DON JUAN IN SOHO (The Alma Tavern Theatre) & GUYS AND DOLLS at Bristol University.
Assisting includes: A DOLL’S HOUSE (Greg Hersov, Royal Exchange) RATS TALES (Melly Still, Royal Exchange), THE COUNTRY WIFE (Polly Findlay, Royal Exchange), KAFKA’S STORIES (Development workshops with Marcello Magni and Kathryn Hunter), A STREET CAR NAMED DESIRE (John Abbot, Arts Ed) and NINE SHORT FILMS (Michael Bray, Arts Ed).

 

28th May, 7:30pm-9pm - Production - Led by Jane Williamson

On the different departments behind the scenes (stage management, lighting, sound etc)

 

Jane graduated from Hull University in 2012 and has been working as a freelance stage manager since 2009. She has worked for several companies and theatres in Yorkshire, including the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, Hull Truck theatre and Theatre sans Frontieres as either Stage Manager or member of a production crew and has worked for two years at the Edinburgh Fringe for Seabright Productions (Festival Highlights). She specializes in Stage and Production Management, in particular focusing on providing strong production support for creative teams in rehearsal, but has worked on many productions of different genres and sizes in most production departments. Jane is also part of PocketSprung, a production company specialising in collaborations with creative companies.

 

4th June, 7:30pm-9pm - Acting - Led by Ben Jewell

On the acting profession and how someone seeking work as an actor can get their career moving, including practical discussion of the opportunities available

 

Ben studied at Cambridge University, and has worked in fundraising, education, and environmental sustainability. Whilst he has dabbled in other areas, he is first and foremost a jobbing actor. Recent roles include Captain Hook in Peter Pan, the Clerk in Afterwords (for Organised Chaos) Lysander/Flute in Midsummer Night's Dream, Pete in Lifelong Yearning and Man/Ursula/Stranger in new writing piece Wizard. He has just completed a regional tour playing Iago in Othello.

 

11th June, 6:15pm-7:45pm - Producing - Led by Gayle Hare & Daniel Thackeray

On what happens behind the scenes to bring a production together

 

Gayle is one of the founders of Organised Chaos and is currently Executive Producer. She also works with the 24/7 Theatre Festival, Studio Salford and Elysion Productions. She has produced Local, regional and UK tours at fringe and established venues both with Organised Chaos and independently. Regional venues she has worked with include The Lowry, The Unity, The Lantern Theatre, Square Chapel, Everyman Theatre, Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre, Citadel Theatre, Oldham Coliseum, Carriageworks, Taurus Bar, The Kings Arms, and The Black Lion.

 

Dan is Associate Producer for Organised Chaos. Dan has recently produced, directed, written or appeared in several shows at the Lass O'Gowrie with his own company, Scytheplays. He believes strongly in the place of theatre in the community and in finding and developing new talent, which he also seeks to do as co-founder of St Edward's Drama Group, an Oldham-based community drama class for teenagers, and as an associate of the participation groups at the Oldham Coliseum.

 

11th June, 7:45pm-9:15pm - Marketing - Led by Gayle Hare

On the elements that go into marketing a production

 

Gayle is one of the founders of Organised Chaos and is currently Executive Producer. She also works with the 24/7 Theatre Festival, Studio Salford and Elysion Productions. She has managed the marketing for Local, regional and UK tours at fringe and established venues both with Organised Chaos and independently. Regional venues she has worked with include The Lowry, The Unity, The Lantern Theatre, Square Chapel, Everyman Theatre, Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre, Citadel Theatre, Oldham Coliseum, Carriageworks, Taurus Bar, The Kings Arms, and The Black Lion.

 

18th June, 7:30pm-9pm - Art Direction - Led by Meriel Pym & Diane Shufflebottom

On the design elements of putting on a production

 

Meriel and Diane recently worked together on House of Orphans' acclaimed production of One Hand Clapping. Among Meriel's design credits are The North, Solomon Child, The Boy Who Ran From The Sea, several productions for the Royal Exchange Theatre, and costumes for Mustdashios Dance Company. (merielpymtheatricalcreation.webs.com) Diane has extensive experience in art direction for theatre and film, including a season with the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as in the creation of art installations.

 

25th June, 7:30-9pm - Writing - Led by Ian Townsend

On the stage writing profession and how to get your work seen

 

Ian has been writing for the stage for almost 30 years, and had his first play performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1985. Since then, he has had his work included twice more at Edinburgh, 3 times in the 24:7 Theatre Festival and recently as part of Re:Play at the Lowry. His plays have also been seen at fringe, school and theatre venues in Manchester, London, Avon, Henley and South Africa. His most recent play, All the Bens, won a Manchester Theatre Award for Best Fringe. He is currently part of the BBC writersroom group, as well as building up contacts with the Royal Exchange Theatre and Bolton Octagon.

 

2nd July, 7:30-9pm - Fringe Festivals - Led by Brian Hook & Gayle Hare

On fringe festivals and how they work

 

Hartshorn - Hook Productions was formed 6 years ago by managing directors Louis Hartshorn and Brian Hook as a commercial entertainment production company. Hartshorn - Hook have produced over 30 shows on the festival circuit. From one man comedies to fully fledged musicals. Now working in Londons West End the company boasts numerous award winning arms of the company including venue management and international general management.

 

Gayle is one of the founders of Organised Chaos and is currently Executive Producer. She also works with the 24/7 Theatre Festival, Studio Salford and Elysion Productions. She has produced Local, regional and UK tours at fringe and established venues both with Organised Chaos and independently. She has also taken shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Buxton Fringe Festival, Preston Tringe Festival, Oxford Fringe Festival, National Student Drama Festival, Write Now Festival, and Not Part Of Festival.

 

 

 

Prices

 

The whole term costs £35. The term can be paid per session at £5 for each.

 

Email masterclasses@organisedchaosproductions.co.uk to book your place/s. Please put Masterclass as the subject

 

 

The venues address is 65 Chapel St, Salford, Lancashire M3 5BZ

 

 

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