Workshops

In Good Company is for all creatives, whether you are part of a company or an individual looking to expand your skill-set. We serve creative people with a range of Masterclasses to support artist development. Take a look a below to see if any of our upcoming masterclasses takes your fancy and let us know if there's something you've always wanted to learn.We're responsive to our community of artists and our workshop programme is curated from what you tell us you want. 

Spymonkey Clowning Masterclass

10th March, Derby Theatre, 10-4

In the Spymonkey clown masterclass, you will learn to discover what makes you funny, hone your skills and practice making an audience belly laugh! Be prepared to find the pleasure in your own ridiculousness, stay optimistic, discover your comedy gold and laugh until your face hurts.

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Business Confidence Weekend

23rd & 24th March, Buxton

Aaargh! Business plans? Forecasts? Leadership? These can often feel like daunting parts of creative career  especially as a freelancer who doesn’t often have access to the training available within larger organisations. But  Fear not, we have just the answer for you.

Join us for a two day ‘Business Confidence weekend’ in the beautiful spa town of Buxton, where we will host a series of workshops designed to increase your knowledge and boost your confidence in the business of theatre. Aimed at mid-career artists, those of you who have been around long enough to know a bit about these things, but want to take it a step further.

Find out more here 

This workshop is presented by The Big House. Big House is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is aimed at developing your company as a business.  We help you develop new audiences, identify funding opportunities, boost your profile with venues and develop your company into a sustainable business.

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Arts Council Q&A

29th March, 1-4pm, Grantham Guildhall Arts Centre

Tom Wildish & Claire Simpson, relationship managers for theatre in the East Midlands, will provide an introduction to Arts Council Funding, in particular Grants for the Arts, including how to apply. No question too small, this is a session for anyone considering Arts Council funding who wants to find out more!

Book your space here 

Relaxed Performance: Why,What, How?

6th April, Derby Theatre, 11-4

This is a practical workshop for artists who are interested in how to make their performances Relaxed (performances which are specifically sensitive to and accepting of audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment) but don’t necessarily know how to. Delivered in partnership with Unlimited, the UK’s leading commissioning body for disabled artists, this workshop will provide practical information for performance makers covering:

-          What is a relaxed performance

-          Who are relaxed performances for

-          How do you make your performance relaxed?

-          How to reach audiences

Book Your Space Here 

This workshop is presented by The Big House. Big House is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is aimed at developing your company as a business.  We help you develop new audiences, identify funding opportunities, boost your profile with venues and develop your company into a sustainable business. The workshop is supported by Unlimited with funding from Arts Council England and Spirit of 2012

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Selling Out? (But Getting Paid...)

12th April, Burton Brewhouse, 1-4pm

 The Paper Birds is an award-winning devising theatre company. Founded and run by women since its launch in 2003, The Paper Birds has become a crucial part of the contemporary theatre landscape in the UK. Now more thriving than ever, how does a small-scale theatre company operate daily and generate income? As leaders in the delivery of devising theatre workshops in schools across the country, this session with Co-Founder and Director Kylie Perry explores how theatre artists can market and promote their services to the education sector and how they can begin to develop a more sustainable future. Book your place here

This workshop is presented by The Big House. Big House is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is aimed at developing your company as a business.  We help you develop new audiences, identify funding opportunities, boost your profile with venues and develop your company into a sustainable business.

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Check-in Festival

Our annual pre-festival, festival returns. Departure Lounge Check-in Festival is back at the Attenborough Arts Centre with an action packed two days of workshops and performances based on the theme of Unity and relationships! We’ve got exciting workshops from Bedfellows, a headline performance from previous IGC associate company Spiltmilk dance with their hit show ‘The Little Love Cabaret’, as well as more to be announced. On top of this the whole weekend is Pay What You Think. So come along grab a party popper and lets be united for a weekend of theatrical fun! For more information click here.

 

Leicester/Lincoln Takeover 20th & 22nd April

What happens when we put two budding artist collectives together and ask them to take over a venue in a city they are not familiar with? Well we don’t know but we are excited to find out!  Lincoln based, Spud Collective and Leicester based collective Tetrad will be taking over the Attenborough Arts Centre, and the Lincoln Drill Hall to fill the venue with artists from either region. For the full programme click here.

 

Keeping The Door Open - Political Theatre Masterclass with Chris Thorpe

Saturday 21st April, Lincloln Drill Hall, 10-4pm

In this writing and making workshop we'll look at how we make open political work, rooted in ourselves. We'll look at the questions that are important to us, right now, today. We'll imagine how we could make work examining those questions - informed by our individual thinking and research but focused on creating a communal experience. We'll write/make some theatre that keeps the link between our work and the world outside that work alive. Book your space here

 

Creative Captioning With Talking Birds

19th May, Derby Theatre, 2.30pm- 6pm

The Difference Engine is Talking Birds' portable and low-cost tool which puts access into people's pockets: sending captions and/or audio description to audience members' mobile devices (smart phones/tablets) via the Difference Engine App.Run by Talking Birds, this session is aimed at artists and companies wanting to caption their performances, and will include: 

·      A demonstration of how the Difference Engine operating system and App work 

·      Practical exercises on editing your own scripts for captioning, ready to import to the system 

·      Tips on promotion/marketing and front of house support for D/deaf audiences 

·      An opportunity to attend a performance of Coconut, captioned using the Difference Engine

For more info about the Difference Engine go to:http://www.talkingbirds.co.uk/pages/differenceengine.asp

Book your space here

This workshop is presented by The Big House. Big House is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is aimed at developing your company as a business.  We help you develop new audiences, identify funding opportunities, boost your profile with venues and develop your company into a sustainable business.

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Artist Photoshoot Day

Mansfield Old Library, 1st June. One hour slot given to each company

‘Have you got a head shot?’ ‘Could you send us an image for marketing’, these phrases come up again and again, and all too often your answer is no.  Voila! We bring to you the artist photoshoot day, designed to equip you with strong publicity images at the drop of a hat. You will get an hour with a professional photographer, to take some snaps for you and your company in the fully equipped Mansfield Old Library Theatre. So whether it’s a show image, head shot or company image now’s your chance to get yours sorted.

Spaces are limited so it’s best to book in early! Book Here 

Please note when booking a space you will need to give a brief/ some ideas for the photographer to help them prepare for your slot and you will be expected to bring all necessary props and costumes.

This workshop is presented by The Big House. Big House is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is aimed at developing your company as a business.  We help you develop new audiences, identify funding opportunities, boost your profile with venues and develop your company into a sustainable business.

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How To Be a Producer

6th June, 10-6, Derby Theatre

What exactly is a producer? And what do they do? You may be finding yourself saying you need one, when actually you’re probably already doing a great job doing this yourself!

This one day intensive will give you the ins and outs of what it’s like to be a theatre producer, from discussing how to approach venues, how to market your show, budgets, touring and those dreaded Arts Council Applications, we will bring you up to speed on what you need to know, and how to do it.

Led by In Good Company’s producers who have over ten years experience working in the field

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This workshop is presented by The Big House. Big House is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is aimed at developing your company as a business.  We help you develop new audiences, identify funding opportunities, boost your profile with venues and develop your company into a sustainable business.

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How to Do Social Media Marketing- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Linkedin

12th June, Derby theatre, 6-9pm

Not sure on the ins and outs of social media? What’s the best time to post on twitter? Will that picture of my panini lose followers on instagram? How to I maintain an online audience? Well Debbie Clarke has the answer. Join her for an evening session where she’ll give you a run down of the best ways to use social media to capture and increase an audience. Book your space here

This workshop is presented by The Big House. Big House is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is aimed at developing your company as a business.  We help you develop new audiences, identify funding opportunities, boost your profile with venues and develop your company into a sustainable business

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More great workshops coming up next...so watch this space!

We are currently putting our plans together for our next programme of workshops, keep checking back this page as we'll be updating it soon!