Facilitation & Devising With Communities

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Who could benefit from this course?

Theatre makers and facilitators keen to facilitate spaces and/or create shows involving non-professional actors of various ages and backgrounds, including marginalised communities.

How does it work?

We will explore various games and tools to help you build trust, bond your group, and generate devising material.
We will take a first look into specific questions related to participatory theatre and creating work based on participants’ life stories such as work ethos, trauma, and safe space.

What do you gain?

- You will learn new games accessible to all ages, abilities, and languages that will help you teach acting skills quickly and generate devising material.
- You will explore body games & exercises that help release stress, anxiety, and trauma.
- You will have the opportunity to share questions and explore your practice / project with the insight of peer practitioners and Sophie Besse, Artistic Director of PSYCHEdelight Theatre Company of Sanctuary. 

Dates, Times & Cost
10 September
2:00 - 6:00pm
in Studio 1 at The Cockpit




Sophie is the Artistic Director of PSYCHEdelight Theatre Company of Sanctuary. She is trained in both drama and therapy and developed an expertise in physical theatre, ensemble work and clowning. She has trained in Lecoq, LISPA, John Wright, Lucy Hopkins, Complicite, Told By an Idiot, and others. She specialises in participatory theatre directing and devising. Sophie creates shows with mixed casts involving communities who experienced a traumatic life journey. She is a diversity advocate and expert at holding a space with different ages, languages, and abilities in the room. She worked with young offenders and women in prison for 7 years and is the founder of PSYCHEdelight's Together Workshops welcoming local people and refugee communities. Most recent credits as a theatre director: “Borderline, the satire of the Calais Jungle,” “Welcome To The UK,” “Mohand & Peter,” and “Hang Out To Dry”. 


“Thank you for taking me out of my head, back into my dy and creative soul” Jenny Pohle. Applied Theatre Practitioner.

“Games are so much more than games. I hope you bring togetherness to many more places in need.” Amar, Syrian workshop participant. Mardin - Turkey.

“High Comedy amidst the poignancy. Powerful. Important.” Huffington Post review of Borderline, the satire of the Calais Jungle.