1623 and Michael Pinchbeck present

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

6 workshops and a scratch performance
Derby, Leicester and Lincoln at 6-9pm on selected Friday nights throughout July, August and September 2018
Free-of-charge to artists


"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 session, 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 facilitators are Michael Pinchbeck (award-winning writer and artist) and Ben Spiller (1623 artistic director).

COURSE SCHEDULE (subject to change)

All workshop sessions are 6-9pm.
Scratch session will start approx. 5pm, performance at 7.30pm, ends around 9.30pm.

  • Week 3 : Friday 20 July 2018 - QUAD Arts Centre, Green Room, Derby
    • Object - externalising, first to third person narracting (narrating and acting)
  • Week 5 : Friday 31 August 2018 - Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
    • Duration - repetition, pushing, developing movement and/or voice

(Auto)biog/Shakespeare course dates

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with Chris, our producer. We have a small pot of money available to assist artists with travel costs.


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 Wednesday 27 June 2018.

Even if you haven't got a fully polished CV ready to go, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it anyway with some information about you. We can't wait to hear from you, so don't let anything get in the way.

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.


For the nearest transport links or parking information, please visit the venue's website.

* Note: for Derby Theatre Rehearsal Rooms there is on street parking directly outside the building, and a large car park on Abbey Street nearby.


(Auto)biog/Shakespeare course is supported by:

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