1623 and Michael Pinchbeck present

Performance and live-art course for actors, artists and writers

6 workshops and a scratch performance (July-August 2018, dates to be confirmed)
Derby, Leicester and Lincoln at 6-9pm on a weekday (to be confirmed)


"The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together"
: All's Well That Ends Well 

The main aim of this course is to explore the relationship between your autiobiography, or the biography of someone else, and a counterpart character from a Shakespeare play.

This might be a role you've played, or would like to play, or a role that has fascinated you on the page or in performance.

Each week, you will focus on a different aspect of performance while developing skills and ideas, before sharing your discoveries in front of an audience at a scratch performance.

Workshop faciltators are Michael Pinchbeck (award-winning writer and artist) and Ben Spiller (1623 artistic director).


  • Week 1 : Character - chosen biographies, Shakespearean affinities
  • Week 2 : Image - body, movement, photo, video based on Shakespeare roles
  • Week 3 : Object - externalising, first to third person narracting (narrating and acting)
  • Week 4 : Site - place, space, architecture, environment influences
  • Week 5 : Duration - repetition, pushing, developing movement and/or voice
  • Week 6 : Rehearsal - preparation for a scratch night
  • Scratch : Sharing - trying out pieces in front of an audience

The course is free-of-charge to artists. If travel costs to Derby, Leicester and Lincoln (where the course will take place) are a barrier to your participation, please let us know.

Please apply by sending us your CV, a few sentences about what you would like to gain from the course, and any links you have to your work online to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 5pm on Friday 15 June 2018.

10 places are available on the course.

While we welcome applications from all artists, we are particularly interested in working with artists who identify as one or more of the following:

  • D/deaf
  • Disabled
  • Emerging
  • Female
  • People of colour
  • Working-class

This represents one of 1623's core aims: to champion diversity, equality and inclusion.

All workshops and the scratch performance will be BSL-interpreted.

Supported by Arts Council England, Attenborough Arts Centre, The Big House, Derby Theatre, In Good Company and the University of Lincoln.


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