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




The Theatre Making Intensive

Sat 3rd & Sun 4th June 2023 | Bristol Old Vic Theatre | 10am - 5pm​

In association with Bristol Old Vic Engagement.

Join company member, Tom Brennan for two days of jam-packed theatre-making training - exploring and dissecting the varied ways that The Wardrobe Ensemble makes its work.  


On the first day we will focus on TRAINING - developing and honing our ensemble, physical and devised theatre making skills, and exploring some of the exercises that the company uses when creating its shows. Alongside practical training, we'll look at techniques for generating discussion and finding 'the heat' of an idea to kick start your devising process.


The second day will focus on MAKING - using the techniques from day one as a foundation to slowly begin to devise our own work. The company will lead you through a series of quick creative tasks, from creating characters, to creative writing, improv to choreography, that will see you generate a wealth of material to reflect on, develop and refine.


The intensive will be a rigorous, fun two days that will provide you with useful tools and learnings that you can take forward into your own creative practice. We'll make, we'll play. We'll chat and discuss. We'll make some good things. We might make some bad things. We'll no doubt look a bit silly. But we hope you'll come away invigorated, empowered and wielding a new box of tricks that you can apply to your own work. Come and get stuck in!




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. 



  • Chairs and resting areas available in the rehearsal room.

  • The rehearsal room is accessible by wheelchair (lift access)

  • There are parking spaces on King Street for Blue Badge holders with one space directly outside the theatre. (Please note that King Street is cobbled.) There are also car parking facilities in the surrounding area including the NCP on Queen Charlotte Street which is a 2-minute walk (0.1 miles) and Trenchard Street car park, a 10-minute walk across the city centre (0.4 miles). Meter parking is also available on King Street and Queen Square. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Emily on

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 Intensive 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. 



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.


  • Bristol Old Vic Theatre, King Street, Bristol, BS1 4ED

  • For 18+ 

  • Some theatre-making experience needed and an interest in creating your own work. You don't need to be a professional.

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

Price: £60 for 2 days

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