15-27 October

Devised Theatre Intensive

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The London Devised Theatre Intensive is a two-week workshop for theatre makers
who are creating their own work, seeking international collaborators,
and ready to expand their skills in devised theatre.

Train with top London guest artists, devise your own original collaborative performances, see three live performances by devised theatre companies, benefit from peer practice exchange and professional development, and be our guest at the New Work Happy Hour.
"I love devising theatre because you get to play with all the theatrical toys straightaway.
It’s like using a very complicated piece of equipment without reading the instructions first." 

Lee Simpson, guest artist & co-artistic director of Improbable


Bryony Kimmings
A performance artist, writer, comedian, director, musician, activist, feminist, mother and loud mouth. Inspired by the taboos & anomalies of western culture, her autobiographical works promote the airing of her own dirty laundry to oil public conversations on seemingly difficult subjects. 
Tom Mansfield
Eric Mallett is a longtime associate artist of Complicite, an international touring theatre company based in London. The Company has played in more than 40 countries across the world, won more than 50 awards and been described as ‘...the most influential and consistently interesting theatre company working in Britain.’ The Times
Tom is Artistic Director of Upstart Theatre. His productions include Phone Home, Silent Planet, The Situation Room and The Falling Sickness (alongside James Blakey), Oh Well Never Mind Bye and Water Sculptures. Producing work for Upstart includes Marco, The Last Ones, The Identity Project and The Maddening Rain.
Lee Simpson
Lee is a director, deviser, writer or performer (or any combination thereof) for Improbable. He is also a member of the Comedy Store Players and one of Paul Merton’s Impro Chums.
Nir Paldi
Nir is a multi-award-winning writer, director and performer. He is a co-artistic director of Theatre Ad Infinitum and directed and wrote the company's productions of: Odyssey, The Big Smoke, Ballad of the Burning Star and Bucket List.
"For years, I dreamed of the day someone would walk up to me and finally say,
'Your art is amazing, and I want to help you share it with the world, so you can focus on what you do best: the art.' 
And then I met Laura Lundy, and that's just what she said! That kind of authentic support is priceless."

Alicia Dattner, Creator/ Solo Performer, The Oy of Sex, New York, 2016

The London Devised Theatre Intensive welcomes theatre makers in any discipline: directors, writers, performers, choreographers, composers, designers and others. Each attending theatre maker will have the opportunity to share their favourite devising techniques, and add new ones to their creative toolbox. Over the course of two weeks, small groups will devise short pieces to be shared in an informal setting at the end of the programme.

We will also arrange three theatre trips to see devised performances in London. Blue Panther Productions' excutive producer Laura Lundy will deliver a presentation 'Define Your Creative Self on Your Terms', and we invite you to raise a glass at our New Work Happy Hour on the final day of the Intensive.

​The workshop will run using Open Space Technology. A radical alternative to the traditional theatre model, Open Space creates an anti-hierarchical environment for rapid generation of ideas and shared ownership of the work. 

The London Devised Theatre Intensive is a programme of Amy Clare Tasker Performance Lab, in partnership with Blue Panther Productions. The Intensive will be facilitated by artistic director Amy Clare Tasker.

Amy Clare Tasker Performance Lab works with actors, dancers, musicians, installation designers, and visual artists to create interdisciplinary performances, aiming to awaken curiosity and encourage empathy. They work with a diverse ensemble of artists from different cultural and creative backgrounds focusing on cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Blue Panther Productions works with playwrights and theatre companies to increase visibility and reach national and international production goals faster and at greater levels of success. Executive Producer Laura Lundy will lead the professional development strand of the London Devised Theatre Intensive.​​

"Using Open Space as a method for devising was exhilarating.
We worked as an ensemble from day one and everyone's ideas were really heard and considered."

Sharlit Deyzac, performer, Home Is Where directed by Amy Clare Tasker

  1. 15 OCTOBER
  2. 16 - 27 OCTOBER
  3. 27 OCTOBER