Due to the coronavirus, we have taken the decision to postpone our upcoming workshops "Playable Spaces" & "The Greenhouse Weekender". We want to thank everyone who have shown interest in our work. We will be resuming the sessions hopefully in due time. Feel free to contact us with any questions. 

We've refreshed and updated our Roots workshops, heading deeper into interactive and immersive performance making!  


We will delve into the complexities of performance making in this exciting and challenging forms and are designed for performers and directors who want to develop new skills, and understand the Lab Collective's unique approach to creating interactive performance. The sessions will take place on a weekly basis, before culminating in a two day masterclass weekend.  

Included in your bookings will be access to a resource pack designed for your session and a brand new network of makers and creatives.  Sessions start at £30 and we are able to offer discounts on block bookings as well as the option to spread the cost - feel free to get in touch for more information,

Session one: Playable performance


Audience play and game mechanics are excellent tools for creating deeply interactive and rich worlds for audiences to experience and discover.  This workshop will help you develop an understanding of how game mechanics can help to create narrative, multiple outcomes and expansive worlds.


This session will:

  • Develop an understanding of playable mechanics, and their use in creating performance material

  • Explore active audience objectives 

  • Help develop an understanding of game mechanics as a to enhance narrative, meaning and audience interaction.


Key information

  • This workshop is aimed at performers, performance makers and directors. 

  • The workshop is practical, it is important that you are comfortable in undertaking exercises and tasks which require elements of performance.

  • Silliness is sure to happen

  • If you have any questions, concerns, additional needs or access requirements please contact us in advance

Session two: Intimacy with strangers


Interactive and immersive performance relies on the creation of safe, trusting and well developed relationships with audience members, helping them to be open to challenging subjects or risky content, whilst respecting boundaries and rules of the performer.


This session will:

  • Explore the awkwardness and fear that working with unknown audience in an interactive context can bring

  • Help you develop tools to establish boundaries with an audience

  • Help you develop the tools to read and connect with an audience 

  • Discuss the ethics and mechanics of risk taking work 


Key information

  • This workshop session is aimed at performers, performance makers and directors.  

  • The workshop is practical, it is important that you are comfortable in undertaking exercises and tasks which require elements of performance

  • We will be tackling the difficult situations that sit around risky work and as such, will create a safe space to explore this in.

  • If you have any questions, concerns, additional needs or access requirements please contact us in advance 

Session three: playable spaces


A hallmark of immersive theatre is the way the audience can free roam through a world and discover the story; those routes are carefully designed to ensure the audience find satisfying and intriguing journeys.


This workshop will allow you to understand the complexities routes can take, and how those routes can connect together, to create a web for your audience to play within.

This session will:

  • Enable you to create and design satisfying, complex journey routes for audiences

  • Help you to plan and execute different audience routes through multiple spaces, across a large site.


Key information:

  • This workshop session is aimed at performance makers, directors and performers looking to develop skills in the mechanics of space in an interactive and immersive context

  • The workshop will be split between seminar and practical group tasks 

  • If you have any questions, concerns, additional needs or access requirements please contact us in advance

The greenhouse weekender


Over the course of the sessions, we will be exploring the mechanisms of generating dialogue with an audience, developing characters for interactive performance together with ways to structure and record your work. 


Over the course of a weekend we will unpack ways of:

  • Creating structure in the chaotic world of interactive and immersive performance

  • Developing tools to offer choice and direction for an audience which responds to character, space and world of the piece.

  • Exploring new ways of creating working scripts for interactive performance, which gives space for the ever changing environment and the unknown offerings of an audience

  • Creating character for interactive performance, and develop an understanding of their function within an immersive world.

  • Developing tools to design interactive space, and realise the role of the audience within it. 


These key skills enrich interactions, and bring a strong live element to performances to create meaningful and satisfying content whether youre making a large scale immersive show, or an intimate one on one performance, and helping you to create fully developed and well rounded  characters so you can feel confident to control the audience and their experience in a way that contributes to the three dimensional world of the show.


We want to ensure that our workshops are accessible to all! If you would like to attend the sessions but need to spread the cost, please get in touch to arrange a payment plan.  If you require student prices, you can also contact us -

Full Price
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Student pricing
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