New Voices: Future Practice in Applied Theatre Symposium

New Voices: Future Practice in Applied Theatre Symposium

Monday 21 January, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm at Derby Theatre

Are you future-ready?

In the light of the Arts Council’s proposed outcomes for 2030 regarding reimagined community engagement, we invite you to join us to extend and challenge your practice in the field of Applied Theatre. We will be discussing the following…

  • Co-production – how is your community influencing your professional theatre-making?
  • Cutting edge practice and specific techniques
  • Theatre and research in dialogue
  • Co-design and shared agency in theatre practice with diverse communities

We’ll be asking questions, addressing challenges, and sharing ideas as we explore how we, as artists, academics and educators, can ensure we genuinely bring new and often unheard voices into our work.

Derby Theatre has partnered with leading practitioners in the field to provide a day of vibrant conversation, dynamic workshops, and thought-provoking keynote presentations from across the field of Applied Theatre:
The day will feature a choice of 5 workshops from some the country’s leading practitioners in Applied Theatre:

  • Artistic Director of Geese Theatre, Andy Watson MBE, will explore the use of mask in co-creating work in custodial settings, working non-verbally and with silence.
  • Deborah Pakkar-Hull, Artistic Director of Theatre Co Blah Blah Blah examines the use of questions and questioning to develop confident and curious learners Freelance consultant
  • Freelance applied theatre director and consultant Tony McBride, will use Forum Theatre to explore how we can share the stories that matter to young people. Tony was formerly Director of Projects at Cardboard Citizens
  • Tim Wheeler, freelance applied theatre-maker and director draws on Boalian practice to look at how we collaborate and co-create with learning disabled artists. Tim was the co founder of Mind the Gap Theatre  and is Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester.;
  • Freelance writer and director Anthony Haddon, associate of Theatre Co Blah Blah Blah, looks at the dynamics of the ‘Teacher-in-Role’ method and how it can be applied in formal and informal learning environments to share power
  • Keynote presentations will be delivered by: Derby Theatre’s Artistic Director and CEO Sarah Brigham, Academic and Applied Theatre Practitioner Ava Hunt, and Consultant in Theatre and Drama Education Dr Geoff Readman, who is the Symposium Curator.
    £10 for students, £35 for artists, £50 for charities and local authorities, and £75 for universities.
    ND Members qualify for a £10.00 reduction. Promo code: DRAM10. Contact Geoff Readman at
    More information at book, please visit our website or call us on 01332 59 39 39
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