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