Workshop schedules

Monday 15th April

Trouble & Transformation Space 

@Rose Bruford College International Symposium

samantha wraith


12:00 – 12:30 Welcome and opening circle



12:30 – 13:15

A chaotic approach to ritual in poetry- Tom Bland


They can’t scare me if I scare them first.– Lady Gaga


Tom Bland trained as a clown and is the author of The Death of a Clown(Bad Betty Press, 2018), a poetry pamphlet probing the dark clown archetype. He studied psychotherapy and dream analysis with The Society for Psychology and Healing, and last year, completed ZU-UK’s MA in Contemporary Performance Practices.


20 minute presentation (via Skype)

15 minute live exercise

10 minute feedback discussion (via Skype)

13:15 BREAK

13:30– 14:30

Parrot- In Bed with my Brother


Parrot is a new idea from In Bed With My Brother. We’ve always been excited by how we can use performance to make the intangible, tangible. We really believe performance, going forward, must accept its liveness and make the audience complicit, if we are to challenge big ideas.


Parrot, the performance, aims to force its audience to experiment in creating narratives, judge their instincts, but feel consequences, both online and in the room.


Using clown, interaction and play - this will be fun, funny and unexpectedly political.



At IBWMB everything we make is interactive, immersive or situationalist. We’ve just accepted the role of digital associate of The Albany, and so are working with a bunch of programmes on making them accessible digitally, online and in performance. Come hear more from Eleanor Alexander about her recent learning and developments.

Feedback discussion


14:30 – 15:15 

Interactive Makers Session -– Samantha Wraith



This interactive session harnesses our collective knowledge to explore challenges in interactivity and the potential for transformation in our work. Starting with the themes of boundaries, situation, intimacy, risk and mediation, and working in groups to develop a common question or hypothesis. We will playfully craft mini-experiments with basic materials in response. Decisions will be made at a fast pace and participants will experience as both audience and creators.


15:15 BREAK

15:30 – 16:05 Freya Bardell

Worth It

The live art style piece explores how I think the audience views me and is based on the concept of ‘worth,’ using stand-up comedy and autobiographical experience to discuss this ever-present millennial strife – expectations vs reality.

Mixing multi-media and the ‘present self,’ I challenge how technology and social media show us the transformation and heights of aspiration that we could achieve. 

But is the huge scope of social media and possibility detrimental to mental health and our own feelings of worth? This idea challenges the basis on which we formulate assumptions of what we think people are like and how we validate them. 

Post-performance Feedback session


16:05 – 17:00 Plenary facilitated by Samantha Wraith

A facilitated discussion of the day’s Trouble & Transformationthemes and experiences to consolidate our learning and set the tone for our ongoing explorations in interactive performance making. There will be space for sharing ideas and networking connections in room.




09.45- 10.00



10.00 – 10.15

Introduction/ Welcome

The plan and theme for the day will be laid out and activities and discussions will be explained.



 Employer contemporary issues panel

Representatives from all employer’s present will be encouraged to sit on the panel at the front.  After introductions, the chair will then host a discussion on many of the general industry contemporary issues around at the moment.  Employers will then be asked to comment, and a general discussion can happen. 


11.45 – 12.15

Coffee and networking 1


12.15 – 12.45

 KEYNOTE SPEAKER 1: Steve Garratt (The Giggle Group) 


12.45 – 13.15

  KEYNOTE SPEAKER 2: Steve Richards (Wembley Park)


13.15 – 14.00

Lunch/ campus tours/ talking to students

A light buffet lunch with be laid on for employers, who are then very welcome to get a campus tour with one of our academic staff if interested.  


14.00 – 14.30

 KEYNOTE SPEAKER 3:  Rachelle Harte (Lollipop Events) 


14.45 – 15.15

  KEYNOTE SPEAKER 4: Cheryl Curr (Sidcup Partners) 


15.15- 16.00

  Closing statements/ any final networking with employers 

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