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The Forge Initiative's programme structure for 2016 / 2017 academic year:

Autumn: Monday, 12th September 2016 - Friday, 16th December 2016

Three projects will take place during the first third of the programme.

Throughout, there will be three hours of skills classes –actingwritingmovement and singing – in the mornings. These will connect to the various projects.

The projects themselves will be rehearsed in the afternoons over four weeks for four hours per day. In the final - fifth - week, the group will work full-time, with no skills classes, preparing for two showings in the theatre on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  On the Fridays of performance weeks, there will be a mix of assessments and Master Classes / Specialist Workshops.

Storytelling - Brian Astbury

This project will introduce you to Narrative Structure and various methods of writing your own stories using methods such as Mind-Mapping, Image Streaming and Morning Pages.  It will be set up in the first two weeks, then continue during the morning classes. A showing will be put together and performed in the final week.

Devising - Shane Dempsey

This project will be movement-based.  The group will find and research a storyline – either fictional or based on a real story or text – and create a physical performance using music, metaphor, text, song.  

Documentary Theatre - Jessica Beck

The group will take on a real-life event, interview the participants, or work from written texts where necessary, and then tell the story truthfully, accurately and imaginatively.

Spring: Monday 3rd January 2017 - Friday 7th April 2017

Devising Through Movement - Jonathan Grieve

Using the Grotowskian techniques of groups such as “Song of the Goat”, the group will devise a piece of movement theatre, developed from scratch in the rehearsal process, performing in the final week.

Adapting the Novel - Brian Astbury

Over three weeks of rehearsal the group will take a novel and adapt it for performance, using techniques drawn from the methods of Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop.

The Small-Scale Musical - Tania Azevedo and MD

Working with a director and a music director, the group will create a small-scale musical based on social or political issues, writing the book and lyrics themselves.  

Summer: Monday 24th April 2017 - Friday 28th July 2017 + London Showcase

In the Summer we start with a two-week film project, after which it will be divided into three further sections.

At this stage the group will be encouraged to split into smaller groups / companies.  In each section these companies will rehearse full-time for three weeks, staging their productions in the fourth week.

At the end of the semester there will be a showcase of the best work.

It is the aim of the Programme that some of these productions will be of a standard to be taken by the graduates to the Edinburgh Festival and toured to venues around Britain.

Film Project - Marcus Richardson
Self-Created Project

Please note that the dates and times of the programme may change