Theatre Maker


Theatre that can only be made by the people making it. 

A Theatre Making community of Classes, Workshops, Drop-Ins, Scratch Nights & Showcases. 
Supporting individuals and companies working on original theatre; theatre that is surprising, sincere, and ambitious: What we think of as Motivated Theatre.




LEARN - Classes, courses, workshops and talks

A range of classes, workshops and talks aimed at getting work on stage, with tutors to advise, teach, develop, and support throughout the creative process.

All classes are designed to arm participants with creative and practical know-how that can be applied to their work with many of our classes culminating in a performance slot at our scratch night Theatre In The Pound.




SHARE - Opportunities to share ideas, scripts, and extracts with an audience and fellow Theatre Makers.

Regular meet ups and performance platforms where people can share work with an audience.

These are also where Theatre Maker class participants can share their work.

Theatre In The Pound - A monthly scratch night in the main space

New Stuff - A monthly rehearsed readings in studio one.

Theatre Maker Drop In - A weekly happy hour in the bar each Wednesday from 6pm




BENEFIT - Additional Theatre Maker Member Benefits

All Theatre Maker participants, be that in New Stuff, Theatre in The Pound, or Theatre Maker classes,  benefit from reduced studio hire rates, concession rate tickets, reduced rate classes and a 10% discount at our bar.




DEVELOP - Helping work go further

We’ve planned Theatre Maker to be particularly supportive to people working on original theatre; theatre that is surprising, sincere, and ambitious: what we think of as Motivated Theatre.

Rehearsal space, box office splits, assistance with tech, design, direction, marketing, social media support… we always try to help companies where we can. Now, with Theatre Maker, we’ve a more distinct way of identifying companies we choose to support – even when they leave our building and go on to wherever they are destined to go next.

Theatre Maker is a support network, a community and a brand that will help Theatre Makers move forward whilst giving them a network to fall back on.

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Supported By


Motivated Theatre is work that can only be made by the people making it, often characterised by any or all of the following:
• That those involved take total control of all aspects of a collaborative creative work and bear all the risks. There are no absent stake-holders controlling the boundaries of what can happen on stage, no prior decisions taken by rights-holders elsewhere.

• That the work is about creating more than interpreting, and often features the presence of creators/devisors as performers/participators. Often from fields beyond theatre.

• That the work is the product of an artistic vision or an effort to evolve one, where the audience is aware of a unique personal or group style.

• The work is driven by the real-life concerns or experiences of the people making it, as well as their energy and abilities as participators. 

• That creative roles – often including technical roles - are dispersed throughout the company rather than contained within a strict creative or production hierarchy. 

Many of the most successful shows at The Cockpit exemplify Motivated Theatre including Borderline, Cosmic Trigger, Streets the Musical.

Below are all the classes we offered last season.... some of which will be coming back when our next set of classes kicks off in October.

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Theatre In The Pound

A Scratch Night Of All Things Theatrical
Mon 17 Sep to Mon 17 Dec   

Many Rivers Crossed

A dead warlord stands trial before his ghosts.
Tue 18 Sep to Sun 23 Sep   

Making Theatre As A Solo Performer

Create your own One Person Show and perform it at The Cockpit!

From Theatre Maker to Film Maker

A practical two day workshop using improvisation & devising to develop a short fim script

Making Theatre With Storytelling

Using storytelling & improvisation to produce ideas.

Making Theatre Using Visual & Physical Techniques

Theatre making techniques, working solo, in pairs & in small groups

Making Theatre From Scratch

Learn to create theatre from inspiration through to performance.

Making Theatre With Improvisation

Use Improvisation to Devise Character-Lead Dramas.

Making Theatre As The Entrepreneurial Artist

Creative Arts Meets Business Smarts

Making Theatre With Commedia dell'arte

Commedia continues to influence much modern comedy - learn invaluable tools for every theatre maker

Making Theatre Using Puppets

A practical introduction to the key principles and techniques of puppetry