We are delighted that TV and Film actress Esther Hall will be joining us for this workshop. Esther has over twenty years of experience as an actress in front of the camera and several years before that on the stage. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear Esther’s views on your ideas and chat to her about creating the best characters for the screen. Esther has stared in many high profile TV series such as BLACK MIRROR, SILENT WITNESS, ROME, WAKING THE DEAD, VERA, FAT FRIENDS as well as CORONATION STREET, DOCTORS and MIDSUMMER MURDERS. The first part of the morning will focus on short film writing before Esther arrives To buy tickets please click here:

On Thursday 7th March come and join the next instalment of our Creative Cafe as Fiona Matthews gives a snapshot of Theatre Orchard’s work and shares how the company has evolved.

There has never been more interest in the arts world in involving communities in creating work. But is it a good idea? And why do it anyway? This seminar provides a timely opportunity for reflection and debate for anyone involved in community arts and participatory practice. It will include presentations from Conrad Murray (Battersea Arts Centre) and from Francois Matarasso (

‘Dark City Sessions’ are a monthly opportunity for people from the visual impairment community to share stories, connect, inspire and be inspired. Recorded for podcast, the sessions will inform the Dark City immersive, multi sensory production planned for 2019 and also provide opportunity for the VI community to discuss the type of creative activities they would like to see made accessible in Bristol.

GATHER UP’s workshops and gatherings are open to the curiosity of all artists whose practice is concerned with movement, performance and/or choreographic processes. It is a great pleasure to be able to invite the celebrated artist Jo Fong to share their practice and interests in a spirit of reciprocal enquiry, and to open up new conversations and ideas on moving together and community. We hope you can join us for some or all of the day!

Join Anna Girvan, director of Our Country’s Good in Tobacco Factory Theatres Factory Company Season.

Earlier this year Dan Cruickshank embarked upon a perilous journey to Syria, in order to discover what had happened to the ancient city of Palmyra during the three years of Islamic State control.