Border Crossings offers regular training courses for theatre-makers and community workers. Led by our Artistic and Associate Directors, this dynamic week-long course focused on the Border Crossings play-making process, using devising and writing techniques to create work that responds to cross-cultural encounters.
The course began with an encounter between participants and the city – and grew to encompass creative writing and improvisation, exploring how theatre can help us understand one another.
This course involved organisations and artists from the UK, Mauritius, Sweden, India, Greece, Germany and Denmark. Many participants were supported by their National Agencies under the EU’s Erasmus + programme.
LocationChocolate Factory 2, Coburg Road, London, United Kingdom
The course sent participants into a range of communities across London, exploring the incredibly diverse nature of the city and the way creative artists are responding to that.
How it was done
Participant comments include:
“It’s a bit of a revelation, really.”
“It was a moment for me to get back to artistic playfulness…. It was very special for me.”
“I want to be an artistic actor, and that is what I have found here.”
“I’m so thankful that I’ve met Border Crossings.”
“This is a very high level of workshop. I have been studying devising in many ways and this is a new level.”
“I found the workshop to be a very enriching experience on many levels. I have always benefited hugely from working with Michael. I feel he is one of the rare theatre makers who is generous with sharing his process. What I specifically find refreshing is that the starting point is the participant/creator and this naturally leads to an open/democratic process. This workshop was especially critical given the current climate that exists with Britain leaving the EU. His work is always responsive to what’s going on outside the studio/rehearsal room and always informs the creative process.”
“It actually propelled me to think more deeply about my own ability towards working with people with different command of English, as well as different professional background, and on this level, it was a very valuable intercultural experience which could, and should be introduced in a refugee/migrant setting.”
“Thank you for a great week!”
How it went
Main lessons learned
Benefits of taking part
- Internationalise your theatre practice
- Learn from acknowledged experts in the field
- Discover clear methodologies for creating intercultural theatre
- Meet other people working in similar areas and exchange best practice
- Develop your own creative ideas in a suppor- tive environment – ready to be developed towards performance!
Workshops led by Michael Walling and Lucy Dunkerley
in association with Exchange Theatre
Intercultural Theatre Training Laboratory
For further info and to book future labs, please visit http://www.bordercrossings.org.uk/take-part/education-research/courses-training