Category Archives: Teaching

Creative Writing Course

New creative writing course starting soon at EDAS in Poole open to people using EDAS service, as well as people who may not currently be in treatment, but are in recovery from addiction.

If you attend EDAS, please speak to Michelle about signing up. If you’re interested in attending the course, but aren’t currently in treatment, please contact me directly for more information and to book a place.

The course will be held in Poole, and will be an introduction to lots of exciting ideas in creative writing, sessions will be fun and you will be encouraged to work at your own pace.

This 10 week course has been kindly supported by Lit Up! and Arts Council England

Intro to Creative Writing Poster_Gemma Contact_EDAS_FEB_2016

PlayGroup

Theatre Classes for Grown-ups!

PlayGroup is a new theatre workshop group for adults, the workshops will be taught like short courses, each focusing on different aspects of theatre and performance.
An emphasis will be placed on supporting both your individual interests and the groups aims over the duration.

There are lots of benefits in regularly taking part in theatre workshops, some you might expect, like learning stagecraft and performing skills, others may surprise you as you develop your own creative skills and accomplish things you didn’t think possible.

  • Learn about acting and performing
  • Develop your confidence and speaking skills
  • Make new friends and have fun
  • Benefit from gentle activity and challenge your mind

The workshops will be taught at an ‘open’ level which means they will be suitable for people who may never have acted before through to people who already have experience in performing.

The sessions will place a focus on fun and learning at your own pace, and I promise that I never make anyone stand up in front of an audience who doesn’t want to!

Taster Workshop 

If you’d like to find out more before signing up, I am offering two opportunities to attend a free taster class.

When:

Either:

  • Monday 29th February – 7pm – 9pm
  • Thursday 3rd March – 10.30am – 12.30pm

If you can’t attend a taster, but would be interested in joining the classes, please get in touch and I will add you to a contact list for updates of future times and classes.

Where:

Old School House by the Sea, Gladstone Mews, Bournemouth, BH7 6BG

How to book and find out more:

Places are limited, so please get in touch to express your interest & reserve your place.

Email: gemmaalldredartist@gmail.com

Tel: 07957 68 95 68

 

Looking Forward to 2016

As we approach the end of 2015 I am already excited to jump into a year of exciting new projects and developments, including a creative writing project supported by Lit Up!, working with people with experience of addiction and in the Spring I will be lecturing at Arts University Bournemouth, working with Acting students to develop their skills and knowledge in applied theatre contexts.

I’m currently in the very early stages of speaking with agencies working with refugees and asylum seekers, with a view to making some early work based around this research to be performed at Lighthouse Poole in February.

Season’s Greetings and hope to see you in the New Year!

She Called Me Mother – Writing Workshops

Really excited to be working with Poole Lighthouse and Lit Up! on delivering writing workshops in the community inspired by ‘She Called Me Mother’ which will be performed on 15th and 16th October – having read bits  of the script its sure to be great!

The workshops will take the script as a starting point and hopefully participants will finish the session having had fun with words and with the beginnings of their very own monologue, written in their ‘own voice’.

Out of Character: An Evening of Brecht, Beckett & Hare

Directed by Gemma Alldred
December 2009: York St. John University
 

We presented an evening of text based work, using three short scenes from three playwrites.

The company split into three groups, and with the assistance of the collaborating theatre students, worked on the performing and staging of:

What, Where by Samuel Beckett

Plenty by David Hare

Baal by Bertolt Brecht

Out of Character: Homespun

Homespun

Directed by Gemma Alldred
May 2011: Create 11, York St. John University
 

Homespun was a performance on the theme of ‘home’, and was a collaboration between Out of Character and the Converge students from the Working Towards Performance course.

More information and performance photos can be found on the blog that was created during the process:

homeandaplay.wordpress.com

 
 

Out of Character : Reality and Better Nightmares

Directed by Gemma Alldred
January 2009: Hidden Histories, York
reality and better nightmaresA short performance for a Hidden Histories seminar event held at York St. John University. This performance focused on things we wanted to remember and things we’d prefer to forget.

This was our first devised performance as a then un-named theatre company. Having completed the introductory theatre course provided by York St. John University to mental health service users, those of us who wished to continue were given the opportunity to create a company. We must have put this piece together in approximately four or five sessions.

It was created by using the techniques and methods learnt on the introductory course, and employed the themes of remembering and forgetting, the work of artist Dave McKean and an extract from a sketch by the comedy writer/director Christopher Morris. The show came entirely from our responses to the material,  and choices made during the rehearsal process.

Out of Character: Enchantment

Directed by Gemma Alldred
May 2009: Create 09 Festival, York
 Enchantment was developed over 12 weeks with the then newly formed/ newly named theatre company, Out of Character. The motivation for the development of the piece came from two key themes, a desire to ‘do’ Shakespeare and themes around identity, which are especially relevant as the company starts the journey of developing its own theatrical identity.Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream, lends itself to examining confusion of identity and allowed us to further develop ideas around identity, and identification in workshops which have formed the basis for the other scenes.

“I feel this is a timely piece, not only for the group, but for you the audience member. Now is the time to question what you know, what you thought you knew about your identity and your right to it. In a time where identity is confused in meaning, shifting in ideals and not always considered a personal right, who will you be and where will you belong?”

Gemma Alldred