Excavating Freedom: The Discipline of Performance Practice

Contact: Eleanor Buchan (Email)

Presented by Òran Work Centre

Òran Work Centre presents:

“Excavating Freedom: The Discipline of Performance Practice”

This is a 2-part workshop series by Òran Work Centre and a unique opportunity for performers and artists to work within a playful, focused work space to excavate the vital principles and processes that invigorate personal and collective creative practice.

In the Work Centre’s signature style, the work is designed to enable individual excavation, creating an atmosphere of personal research while nurturing the findings of the group.

The work is open to artists and performance practitioners of any kind and, while physically demanding, is designed to be accessible to all.

Participants will have the unique chance to interrogate the creative process, develop skills in physical theatre, contact improvisation and ensemble techniques to inspire personal discoveries, and learn how to invigorate the discipline and freedom of personal and collective performance practice.


Feedback from previous participants:

“A place where lost voices can find a home”

“A playful turning back of the clock”

“A safe environment to connect in a deep, honest way and to meet, face and move beyond our edges.”

“I was delighted and surprised by everyone the whole time”

“A unique experience led by very professional, aware and sensitive individuals.”



The workshop will be led by Òran Work Centre directors Henry McGrath and Eleanor Buchan.

Henry McGrath was an associate artist at the internationally acclaimed Polish group, Song of the Goat theatre where he toured on all projects since 2014. He is Artistic Director at Òran Theatre and Deputy Artistic Director at Animikii Theatre. He regularly runs acting and physical theatre workshops at the ‘Northern Theatre Laboratory’ and teaches at Plymouth Conservatoire and Manchester University. www.henrymcgrath.co.uk

Eleanor Buchan is co-founder of Òran Theatre and a performer focused on storytelling traditions and ritual practice. She has performed extensively with the award-winning 1927 and acclaimed site-responsive company Dante Or Die. Eleanor is Co-Artistic Director of The Shadow Travellers, a storytelling company researching the mythic imagination, leads work at The Asha Centre and is Associate Lecturer in contemporary British theatre at Ithaca University, London. www.eleanorbuchan.com

‘Excavating Freedom’ will be the beginning of regular ‘Research Cycles’ in Bristol dedicated to the investigation of freedom on stage, in the rehearsal room and for private practice.

Date: 19th & 26th January

Time: 12-6pm (both days)

Cost: £30 per session, £50 for both parts

Location: Space 238, 238 Stapleton Rd, Bristol BS5 0NT

TO BOOK email: [email protected]


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