Who could benefit from this course?
Theatre makers and/or screen actors who already have some experience of online performance, and who want to benefit from sharing skills with other digital theatre makers. The course involves practice exchange, improvisations, and collaboration in small groups to explore new possibilities.
How does it work?
The course is led by actor/filmmaker Steve North, and theatre maker Amy Clare Tasker, using Zoom, OBS, Snap Camera, and potentially other tools that are free to download. Familiarity with video calling software is highly recommended, along with a willingness to experiment. (Or as Eddie Izzard would say, Techno Joy!)
This is a Level 2 course, so we won’t be spending time on the basics. If you’ve taken our Level 1 Devising Online course, or if you’ve made your own online/digital performance, then this course is for you.
Not sure of your level? Check out Amy’s Zoom Theatre Starter Guide - if it feels overwhelming, maybe wait for Level 1 to be offered again in Spring 2022.
The course consists of three sessions:
Session 1 (Saturday afternoon)
Practice Exchange - each participant shares something they have learned from their digital performance work. This could be anything you like: an exercise to run with actors, a useful app, a lesson in audience behaviour, etc.
Then we’ll break out into smaller groups to experiment with these shared tools, and begin to create quick-fire devised pieces.
Session 2 (Tuesday evening)
We will warm up with some ensemble games, and character-generating exercises. In pairs or groups of three, we'll use these as an approach to creating short pieces.
Session 3 (Saturday afternoon)
Each group will share their performances in progress, receive feedback, and work with the course leaders in breakout rooms to refine their work. At the end of the session, we’ll record the performances.
In between Sessions 2 and 3, you are encouraged to work with your scene partner(s) to develop your idea.
What do you gain?
- Meet new collaborators and create an original performance on Zoom / online.
- Share your skills and learn new ones from your peers and the course leaders.
- Keep the performance video for your portfolio or show reel.
- Option to present your performance at The Cockpit’s regular scratch night Theatre in the Pound.
Dates & Times
4, 7 & 11 December 2021
Session 1: Saturday 04 December at 3-5:30PM
Session 2: Tuesday 07 December at 7-9:30PM
Session 3: Saturday 11 December at 3-6PM
Please note, times listed are GMT (UK time). Click here for a time zone converter.
£65 (Earlybird - book by 22 November at 12PM)
£75 (Regular price)
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.
AMY CLARE TASKER
Amy is a theatre maker and creative producer. At The Cockpit, she runs the Theatre Maker programme and co-directs the Voila! Europe Theatre Festival. With her own company, Pinecone Performance Lab, she creates theatre and performance experiments to celebrate unexpected connections. Recent productions include HOT (Helen of Troy) at The Cockpit in 2020, and Home Is Where... developed as a theatre show at Camden People's Theatre, Rich Mix, and Theatre Deli in 2016-2017, before morphing into a 1:1 interactive oral history performance in 2019. Amy loves experimenting with form and technology: way back in 2012, she collaborated with directors in San Francisco and New York to create a series of workshops via Google Hangout, and in 2020, she co-wrote an article for HowlRound on "Devised Experiments in Breaking Zoom."
"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."
"A great approach to an online course where collaboration was encouraged with participants from around the world! Steve and Amy were both friendly, they put you at ease quickly and were also well informed and knowledgeable about what possibilities there might be, they asked the questions and facilitated us to find answers."
Devising Online participant, 2020
“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.”
"I learned a lot about Zoom techniques and online performance! A great way to meet wonderful theatre people around the world. I was happy to join at 1AM in Japan!"
"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."