Online Workshops

Following our sell out ACE funded summer workshops, we're bringing our online sessions back for a creative winter pick me up!  

 

Interactive and Immersive performance is facing unique challenges during the current Covid-19 Crisis. As a form that thrives on close contact with audience members and adventures in unique spaces, generating meaningful experiences and performative interactive content on digital platforms can be confusing and time consuming.

 

Our workshops are designed for theatre makers who are interested expanding their skills in creating interactive and immersive performance in both physical and digital contexts.  

 

We have priced the sessions to be accessible to all, and have reserved eight free spaces for artists and makers who would otherwise be unable to attend. Please email info@thelabcollective.co.uk to enquire about subsidised spaces.

Brave new worlds:Immersive performance for beginners

5th DECEMBER: 10am - 1.30pm via zoom

Immersive and interactive performance is a demanding and unique form, requiring skill and confidence. This workshop offers an introduction to the different aspects of being a performer in this exciting and flexible form. We will equip you with knowledge of the sector, different styles and ways of working, and highlight the skills that you will need in your toolkit to excel in this type of work. 

 

The session will be run by seasoned performer, Amy Fleming who works regularly with The Lab collective, and companies  companies such as Specifiq, Knightmare Live, Historic Royal Palaces, Dank Parish, Secret Garden Party and Bureau of Silly ideas.

 

This session will:

  • Introduce you to the different types of immersive and interactive work

  • Help you understand the different demands on a performer within an immersive and interactive context

  • Enable you to gain an insight into content generation and what is useful to determine during rehearsal periods 

  • Explore audience Interaction and audience management

  • Equip you with a performer care checklist

 

 

Key information:

  • This workshop session is aimed at performers who have never performed in an interactive and immersive context before, but understand what the form is. 

  • The workshop will be split between seminar and group tasks

Things you'll need:

  • You'll need Zoom downloaded onto your computer

  • Internet access

  • Pens and paper

  • The link to the event!  We will email you directly with the link and any additional instructions, as well as other links we will send to you during the session

Playable SPACES: thE DIGITAL AND PHYSICAL

12 DECEMBER: 10am - 1.30pm via zoom

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. Examining physical space and the digital realm, we will explore the resources available to you with a space or software to facilitate online experiences.

 

This session will be led by Joe Thorpe; Joe is an Artistic Director of The Lab Collective and is the brains behind the integrated technology we use in our performances. In addition to his credits with The Lab Collective, Joe has worked with The Crystal Maze, Hartshorn Hook (The Great Gatsby, South Korea) and Punchdrunk (Company Coordinator, The Third Day Live broadcast) amongst others.

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 in live and digital spaces.

  • See software features as a jumping off point for creative ideas

  • Explore the possibilities of online experiences away from just a zoom meeting. 

 

Key information:

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

  • The workshop will be split between seminar and group tasks 

 

Things you'll need:

  • You'll need Zoom downloaded onto your computer

  • Internet access

  • Pens and paper

  • The link to the event!  We will email you directly with the link and any additional instructions, as well as other links we will send to you during the session

intimacy in digital performance

19 December: 10am - 1.30pm via zoom

Interactive and immersive performance relies upon the creation of intimate and interpersonal connections between performers and audience members. However due to the current global pandemic we have entered an era of interactive digital performance where new questions and challenges have arisen about how we can achieve intimacy in this new medium.

 

The session will be led by Antigoni Spanou who specialises in creating intimate solo work; as well as her work as a creative associate for The Lab Collective, Antigoni is the creator of award nominated solo show 'Ophelia Rewound', and regularly works as a visiting lecturer at Rose Bruford College.

 

This session will:

  • Explore technology and how its tools can be used to create intimate connections

  • Investigate the transition between reality and fiction; how we transition from our living room to an immersive world

  • Explore the importance of pre-engagement and how this can be facilitated to feel more personal

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

  • Help you develop tools to establish online boundaries with an audience

  • Discuss the ethics and mechanics of risk taking digital work

 

Key information:

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

  • In this workshop we will be primarily exploring one digital platform; however we will be looking at tools and practices that can be applied to a variety of platforms

  • The workshop will be mostly theoretical, however we will be exploring practical applications and there will be opportunities to undertake exercises and tasks which will 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

Things you'll need:

  • You'll need Zoom downloaded onto your computer

  • Internet access

  • Pens and paper

  • The link to the event!  We will email you directly with the link and any additional instructions, as well as other links we will send to you during the session

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

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