Over four afternoons you will work with Michael from Coppice Theatre to explore the process of creating theatre work for children and families. From clarity and intention to tips, tricks and pitfalls, discover how Coppice make their shows and things they have found to work over the years.
The workshop will be aimed at beginners and is suitable for those who have a lot of performances experience and those with very little. Using pieces of script from Coppice shows as a starting point to unpack the toolkit of surviving children’s theatre.
Children can be the hardest critiques, they will always tell you what they think and love to heckle. Learning how to engage without derailing your show, keep the attention of a wide range of ages and create work that also entertains the parents is an art worth mastering.
This course is open to all AMATA Students and is free to attend. Places are limited so advance booking is essential. All participants will be offered a comp ticket to attend Coppice Theatre’s Tales from a Haunted Bookshop at AMATA on Saturday 21 October.
Wednesday 11, 18 October and 8, 15 November
13:30 - 17:30
About the artist
Michael is an actor and director from Cornwall. He a started working with the company in 2017 and is now a partner. Mike trained at East15 drama school and Aberystwyth University and has been working in theatre for over 15 years. He has a wealth of experience and is forever stepping into different roles; more recently he has created and toured independent work, such as his 2018 show Hyde and Seek, Assistant Directed Trifle Gathering’s Endless and performed with Pipeline Theatre in Spillikin: A Love Story.
Mike has predominantly worked with Coppice as a director, having directed Science Adventures, Tales from A Haunted Bookshop and Jack Frost 1, 2 and 3. He has also written stories for Coppice, dramaturged scripts, lead workshops and created unique and innovative tech for each show.
“Children’s theatre doesn’t have to appeal to just children. Like a good Pixar film I’m forever doing my best to make sure each show has just the right blend of humour, accessibility, innovation and originality for children and adults alike."