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Workshops and training for students, teachers & emerging theatre makers. 



The Theatre Making Residency


Monday 8th - Friday 12th August | 1532 Theatre, Bristol Grammar School | 10am - 5pm​

Join award-winning theatre company, The Wardrobe Ensemble for a week of collaborative theatre training and making.​ 


Based on techniques they have developed over the last decade, The Wardrobe Ensemble will guide you through a week of intensive theatre training to get you moving, talking and making. Working together as an ensemble, we will develop our physical and ensemble theatre skills, honing our awareness of ourselves and those around us. We will look at different ways we can generate material and what we do with it next. We will investigate the role that sound, light and design play in the devising process and how, as theatre makers, we can utilise these tools to create new work.


Alongside a lot of play, we will have conversations. We will discuss what we want to make work about and how we can go about making it. How we generate creative discussions and find the heat of an idea. We will discuss what it means to truly collaborate and create something greater than the sum of its parts. 


It's going to be a fun, rigorous week of theatre training. Come get involved! 





We have reduced rate and bursary places available, so if you feel that the price is a barrier to you attending, please get in touch with Emily at



  • Travel information can be found here.

  • The building has wheelchair access and a lift to the rehearsal room. 

  • There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor and next to the rehearsal room. 

  • There is access parking via a side vehicle gate on Elton Road. Please contact Emily if you require accessible parking.

  • We will have chairs and resting areas in the rehearsal room.

Booking is made on a first come first serve basis. Please sign up by filling out the form below and we'll be in touch with more information and to organise payment.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily at


Feedback from previous theatre making participants -

"It was so great to meet and play with a group of like minded people."

"I honestly can't praise TWE enough and I'm so pleased I signed up for this intensive."

"They were excellent facilitators who created a comfortable, supportive environment where each of us felt able to really express ourselves, be vulnerable and take risks."




As a company that came up through the Bristol Old Vic Young Company, we feel we understand the importance of a theatre education. We've been running theatre workshops with young people since the company's inception and we pride ourselves in delivering high quality, accessible and thought provoking sessions that give participants a strong foundation for making their own work.


Our workshops focus on one or more of the following:

  • Tools for Devising & Ensemble techniques

  • Physical Theatre & Movement

  • Writing & Devising

  • A show by The Wardrobe Ensemble

  • A chosen stimulus 


We will tailor our sessions to suit your needs and ensure our workshop is as useful to you and your students as possible. We are also happy to run shorter & longer workshops on request.

All workshops include a teaching resource pack & recorded interviews with the company. 

For more information our workshops in schools, take a look at our Schools Pack HERE 


Please Emily at to enquire about prices. If you're ready to book, please click on the button below to fill out the booking form and we'll be in touch to discuss further details. 



Devising in a socially distanced classroom


This 2 hour online workshop is aimed at Drama Teachers and Facilitators working with KS4/5 students in schools and educational settings.

This workshop will equip teachers with a series of devising tools and techniques to take back to the classroom and support their students in their own devised theatre-making. Through pre-recorded videos, presentations and interactive discussions, we will unpack some of the key exercises The Wardrobe Ensemble use to make its work. We will look at how to generate new material, develop discussions, create narrative structure and make visually exciting theatrical moments. Taken together, we hope to provide an informative, thoughtful and enriching theatre workshop that provides teachers with an insight into the company’s methodology, which they can incorporate into their own teaching. 

After this workshop you will:

  • Have a good understanding of The Wardrobe Ensemble’s devising process. 

  • Be able to lead five devising tasks with your students in a socially distanced classroom.

  • Develop your own devising language and best practice for running a room.


This workshop also includes:

  • A teaching resource pack, detailing each exercise discussed in the workshop and an outline of the company process.

  • Pre-recorded videos of our exercises and company interviews.


  • For 18+ 

  • Some theatre making experience and an interest in creating your own work.

  • We'll be working physically, but will always adapt to the needs of the group. 

Price: £150 for 5 days

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