The first London Devised Theatre Intensive ran 15 - 27 October 2017.
Eight theatre makers formed our core ensemble for the full two week workshop
and dozens more artists dropped in for our Masterclass Series.

Below is a summary of the 2017 programme.
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    Amy holds the room really gently, and calmly, so that when we're being creative and mad and bouncing off the walls - she has an incredible ability to make your feel safe and bring a group together.
    Joel Gatehouse
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    It's a surprising experience, an enriching experience, and I reckon it will give your career a good kick up the butt.
    Steven Laverty
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    I think what surprised me was how much I'd have to actually look at myself and my own practice. It's not just been coming and learning skills that you can just take away, it's actually been a lot of looking at yourself and what's standing in your way. Often yourself.
    Peyvand Sadeghian
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    What drew me to the Intensive was, I found myself really frustrated and falling out of love with what I've always loved doing. And I can't remember the last time I sat in a room for two weeks solidly to focus specifically on that.
    Kate Goodfellow
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    Every director should have to take a course like this… apply as quickly as you can. Leave everything else at home and come into the room with an open heart and an open mind, and giving yourself total freedom and permission to explore and create.
    Heather Lundy Kahl
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    There's just so much I want to do that I don't have access to. Everybody says, make your own work. And I thought well, yeah, actually, I will, I will make my own work, and if I'm going to do it, I want to do it properly, and I need to get the knowledge for that.
    Jennifer Kay


with Complicite
Tuesday, 17 October

with Lee Simpson
Thursday, 19 October

Improvisation is a powerful tool for accessing honest in-the-moment responses, discovering characters and relationships, and experimenting with performance styles. Lee brings over 20 years' experience improvising and devising with Improbable, creators of the International Institute of Improvisation.
Associate artist Eric Mallett of the renowned ensemble theatre company Complicite will lead you through their process for building an ensemble through physical training and play, creating a shared visual language, and devising dynamic collaborative performances.

with Tom Mansfield
Saturday, 21 October


with Nir Paldi
Monday, 23 October

Tom's masterclass draws on pioneering new techniques from his recent production, Phone Home, which brought together collaborators in London, Munich, and Athens. Explore how digital technologies can inform and inspire our devising practice - and even help us bring audiences into the process of making theatre.
The actor in an empty space can use the body to create character, spaces, emotions, poetry, and atmospheres, and ultimately tell stories – without words. With gestural language, mime, comedy, tragedy, poetics, Nir will introduce you to a visual theatre style that fires the imagination.


with Bryony Kimmings
Wednesday, 25 October

Bryony will guide you towards creating performance inspired by your own life, touching on individuality, concept, style, creating new material and dreaming big. Get inspired by her fearlessly personal approach to provoking social change.
Bryony Kimmings
Performance Artist, Writer & Director
Bryony Kimmings is a performance artist, writer, comedian, director, musician, activist, feminist, mother and loud mouth. Inspired by the taboos & anomalies of western culture, her autobiographical works promote the airing of her own dirty laundry to oil public conversations on seemingly difficult subjects. Her award-winning work has been seen in theatres globally, in the UK, Europe, the USA & Australia. Kimming's work exists cross-platform, as music, documentaries, websites, PR campaigns & viral movements, but always ends in performance.

Her most recent works have focused on socio-political injustice, finding it increasingly difficult to ignore the outside world in her practice: 'Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model' (2013) tackled the sexualisation & commodification of childhood through tween pop-culture, a collaboration with her then 9 year old niece. 'Fake it 'Til you Make it' (2015) tackled the dark subject of male suicide and depression: Bryony created this work with her advertising-executive fiancé to tell the story of his hidden mental illness. 

Kimmings’ current musical 'A Pacifists Guide to the War on Cancer' was made for Complicite, Home Manchester and The National Theatre and was been created with a team of oncologists, epidemiologists and cancer patients. 
'Bold, brave and very brilliant' Independent

'Hilarious, heart-breaking, troubling and inspirational. Kick-ass in all the right ways.'
 Time Out

'Work of almost staggering warmth and fragility' 
The Scotsman​​​

Eric Mallett
Complicite is an international touring theatre company, based in London. The Company has played in more than 40 countries across the world, won more than 50 awards and been described as ‘...the most influential and consistently interesting theatre company working in Britain.’ The Times

Complicite began life as a collective and this spirit of collaborative curiosity has driven the work throughout its history.​ The roots of Complicite’s work can be found in building an ensemble through physical training and play, creating a shared visual language which will help shape and communicate the stories that the participants bring.

Longtime Complicite associate artist Eric Mallett will teach a masterclass on Ensemble Movement. Eric trained at the renowned Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris (1984-86) and has performed in many Complicite productions and tours over the last 30 years. He has just returned from working in Amsterdam as Associate Movement Director for Dutch National Opera’s acclaimed new opera A Dog’s Heart (directed by Simon McBurney). 
Associate Artist
'The English Theatre has a fine and honourable tradition. Simon McBurney and Complicite are not part of this; they have created their own tradition, and that is why they are so special, so valuable.'
Peter Brook

Tom Mansfield
Artistic Director of 
Upstart Theatre
Tom is the Artistic Director of Upstart Theatre, where he has directed Phone Home, Silent Planet, The Situation Room and The Falling Sickness (alongside James Blakey), Oh Well Never Mind Bye and Water Sculptures. Producing work for Upstart includes Marco, The Last Ones, The Identity Project and The Maddening Rain. Tom is one of the programmers of the annual DARE Festival.

Tom is also a visiting practitioner at the University of Birmingham and the University of Cumbria, a Connections Director for the National Theatre and an Artistic Associate of the Shakespeare Schools Festival. He has previously worked as Youth Theatre Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, and as Resident Assistant Director at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

'I'm excited about this opportunity because it's a chance to share skills with and learn from a vast range of makers with hugely different styles.

I'm particularly interested in how we can bring together devised theatre with digital technology and how we can bring the audience into the process of making theatre.'

Nir Paldi
Nir is a multi-award-winning writer, director and performer. He is a co-artistic director of Theatre Ad Infinitum and directed and wrote the company's productions of: Odyssey, The Big Smoke, Ballad of the Burning Star and Bucket List. Nir also works internationally; most recently he co-wrote and directed a play called Milagros in Mexico City dealing with the looming extinction of bees.

​As a performer, Nir recently took the role of The Beloved in Tom Morris’s staging of Messiah at the Bristol old Vic. Nir also teaches Ad Infinitum's regular masterclasses and workshops and is a visiting tutor at Rose Bruford College.   

Co-Artistic Director of Theatre Ad Infinitum
'Theatre Ad Infinitum's use of movement, its performative rigour, and ability to conjure worlds are are second to none.' The Stage​​​

'A theatrical hand grenade.'  
The Guardian
Lee Simpson
Co-Artistic Director &
​Founder Member of Improbable
Lee grew up in Gt Yarmouth by the sea, where he found gainful employment cooking burgers in a Wimpy, as a croupier in a casino, and as a cinema projectionist.

​Unable to get a proper showbiz job, he became an improviser. The money was bad but there was precious little hard work involved and the people seemed nice. Since then, apart from his work with Improbable, he's become a member of the Comedy Store Players and one of Paul Merton’s Impro Chums; he’s written plays; appeared in some sit-coms; acted in some proper telly drama and some films; performed a very poor poodle act at the London Palladium and spent six months as a Breakfast Show DJ.

Lee has been a director, deviser, writer or performer (or any combination thereof) for Improbable’s productions of Animo, 70 Hill Lane, Coma, Lifegame, Cinderella, Sticky, Spirit, The Hanging Man, The Stars Are Out Tonight (with Amici), Theatre of Blood, Satyagraha, Panic, The Still, and Opening Skinner's Box. He also directed and co-created Improbable Associate Artist shows No Idea and The Bear. He has led or co-led many workshops for the company and also facilitated lots of their Open Space events.

Director credits outside Improbable include ​Paul Merton: And This Is Me…, The Two Faces of Mitchell and Webb, Travels with My Virginity by Guy Dartnell, My M.S. and Me by Jim Sweeney, and Palace Dreams, an outdoor show on the site of The Crystal Palace.

'I love devising theatre because you get to play with all the theatrical toys straightaway.

It’s like using a very complicated piece of equipment without reading the instructions first.'