DEVISING FROM SCRATCH – with John Nicholson

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Presented by The Actors' Workshop

The Actors’ Workshop is delighted to welcome back John Nicholson, co-artistic director of Peepolykus for another wonderful day of devising.

This session will approach the theatre devising process from a variety of starting points; working with characters, planning scenes to improvise, using games to inject dramatic stakes, refining material that is produced, use of dramaturgy, working with music, working from a theme, a poem, a short story, a newspaper article, an overheard conversation etc. We will also look at alternative directorial decisions that can be explored for the same scene. If you have an idea that you’d like to explore then you are more than welcome to present it. This workshop is suitable for actors, writers and directors with varying levels of experience.


JOHN NICHOLSON is a writer, director and performer. He is Co-Artistic Director of Peepolykus, one of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies whose sublimely ridiculous style of anarchic comedy has been compared to The Marx Brothers, Buster Keaton and Monty Python. As a writer, his work includes Dracula: The Bloody Truth, The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary, co-written with Javier Marzan for Peepolykus and The Hound of the Baskervilles, co-written with Steven Canny for Peepolykus. He has also written extensively for BBC Radio, including Richard’s Rampage, and the four-part series Trespasser’s Guide to the Classics (2015). As an actor, he has numerous television credits, particularly across the BBC and ITV.

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