Devising Online - A Taster Session

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7-8:30PM on Wednesday, 1st of July

Cost: £5


Who could benefit from this course?

Theatre and film makers - actors, writers, directors, performers - anyone who has any kind of background in making work for performance.

How does it work?

We will start by adapting common improvisation games and exercises for Zoom, looking at:

  • How to create a sense of ensemble in a group video call.
  • How to design performance for different viewing options (speaker & grid views).
  • How to watch back work and play within the online environment.
  • How to use breakout rooms to do simple devising exercises in small groups.

What do you gain?

  • Meet new collaborators and create original work on Zoom / online.
  • Learn devising and improvisation workshop exercises for Zoom / online.
  • Expand your network and share your work with a wider audience.

Teacher/Creator Biog

Steve North is an actor and filmmaker.
His film and television credits include: All Those Things, Unforgotten, Closed Circuit, Hallo Joe, South West Nine, War Horse NT Live, Mongrels, Doctor Who, EastEnders, Is Harry on the Boat, The Day Britain Stopped, Midsomer Murders, Casualty, The Bill, Murphy’s Law, Holby City, Woof, and four series of London’s Burning.

Stage credits include: RNT’s War Horse and NT Live, Offies Nominated Museum Pieces, Meeting Joe Strummer (Fringe First winner), The Football Factory, Fever Pitch solo show (nominated Best Actor MEN awards) and Shared Experience premiere of Mermaid.

Steve’s film making credits include co-writer and producer on the feature film South West 9. He was also Associate Producer on The Football Factory. He directed the award-winning short film Cregan for Screen South under the Digital Shorts Scheme and screened at film festivals in the UK and around the world including Foyle, Waterford, Leeds, Soho Rushes, New York . Other directing credits include the short film Greensleeves and film sequences for an original commission of 13 for the Brighton International Festival.

Steve is an experienced and skilled workshop leader who specialises in screen acting and devising for theatre. Until recently he was Head of Acting at Laine Theatre Arts and is currently the Year Course Director for London based screen acting company The Reel Scene. He is on the team that runs the Theatre Maker Courses at The Cockpit Theatre where he also leads devising workshops and screen acting classes.


"Brilliantly pioneering. Devising and performing online were far more satisfying than I expected. Online video is a new medium rich with possibilities that I'm keen to explore further."
Antony Quinn

“Steve created a fun and relaxed environment to get our creative juices flowing. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in building their acting skills in front of the camera.”
Sandra Hamalwa

"Steve's course totally exceeded expectations. What we came up with in two days was amazing. We devised something far more interesting than anything I would have created on my own."
Laura Whyte