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A series of live digital workshops for young people to access from the comfort of their own homes, all delivered by industry experts. 

Once you’ve booked your place, our team will be in touch to send you all of the relevant information about how to participate. All workshops will take place via an online digital platform.

Please note, bookings close at midnight two days before a workshop so that we can send out login details in good time. 

Book your place by clicking the performances tab. 

  • ‘Inspired by’ workshops are practical physical workshops and will require some space to take part.
  • ‘Writing’ and ‘Spoken Word’ workshops are practical, desk-based workshops and will require a pen and paper.


Spoken Word with Apples and Snakes, Sat 13 Feb

Workshop Leader: Bohdan Piasecki

Work with lyrical experts of the spoken word world to experiment with your own writing, allowing you to express yourself and your feelings.

Learn how to get those words on their feet and understand the importance of pace, rhythm, tone and delivery.

10.30 – 11.30am, 11 – 13 years old
12 noon – 1.30pm, 14 – 17 years old
2.30 – 4.30pm, 18 – 25 years old



Inspired by Hairspray
, Thu 18 Feb

Workshop Leader: Lauren Stroud

A musical theatre dance and movement based workshop inspired by the fabulous musical Hairspray.

You’ll explore a range of different dance styles referencing the music and sounds of the 60s.

10.30 – 11.30am, 7 – 10 years old
12 noon – 1.30pm, 11 – 13 years old
2.30 – 4.30pm, 14 – 19 years old



Inspired by Six the Musical, Fri 19 Feb

Workshop Leader: Lexi McIntosh

If you LOVE Six the Musical then this workshop is for you!

Music, songs and choreography all delivered by one of the Queens themselves.

10.30 – 11.30am, 7 – 10 years old
12 noon – 1.30pm, 11- 13 years old
2.30 – 4.30pm, 14 – 19 years old



Inspired by Sister Act, Sat 20 Feb

Workshop Leader: Helen Colby

Take a whistle stop tour through Sister Act.

We’ll explore the scenes and songs of the show inspired by a 70s style soundtrack.

10.30 – 11.30am, 7 – 10 years old
12 noon – 1.30pm, 11 – 13 years old
2.30 – 4.30pm, 14 – 19 years old



Spoken Word with Apples and Snakes, Sat 13 Mar

Workshop Leader: John Bernard

Work with lyrical experts of the spoken word world to experiment with your own writing, allowing you to express yourself and your feelings.

Learn how to get those words on their feet and understand the importance of pace, rhythm, tone and delivery.

10.30 – 11.30am, 11 – 13 years old
12 noon – 1.30pm, 14 – 17 years old
2.30 – 4.30pm, 18 – 25 years old



Inspired by We Will Rock You, Sat 20 Mar

Workshop Leader: Katie Paine

Explore characterisation through drama, song and dance.

We will focus on how to transform into someone else on stage to become an authentic and believable character.

10.30 – 11.30am, 7 – 10 years old
12 noon – 1.30pm, 11 – 13 years old
2.30 – 4.30pm, 14 – 19 years old

Price

£5 per person

Prices and discounts subject to change, postage from £1.50.
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Workshop Leaders

Find out more information about each of our wonderful workshop leaders.

Lexi McIntosh, Anna of Cleves – Acting Through Song inspired by Six the Musical

Alexia hails from Birmingham and is a graduate of Birmingham School of Acting. Her most recent credits include Godiva Rocks and Save our School Dinners at The Belgrade in Coventry and Tiger Lilly in Peter Pan in Blackpool. Other credits include Mimi in the smash musical Rent, Tina in the musical comedy Sister Act at The Gordon raig Theatre, and Chief Weasel in The Wind In The Willows at Birmingham Old Rep. Other work includes a national tour of Opera For An Unknown Woman for Fuel Theatre. As a singer Alexia has travelled around Europe and has performed at the O2 London.

Robyn Grant – Writing for Musical Theatre with Fat Rascal

Robyn began writing back in 2015 whilst studying at East 15 Acting School. Since then she has written for both stage and screen, specialising in female-lead work with a strong Northern comic presence. She has won and been nominated for several awards including being shortlisted for a Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Musical Theatre Book Writing in 2020.

She is a co-writer behind her company Fat Rascal Theatre’s shows and one half of comedy team Foxx & Grant with frequent collaborator, Daniel Foxx.

Bohdan Piasecki – Spoken Word with Apples and Snakes

Bohdan Piasecki is a poet from Poland based in Birmingham. A committed performer, he has taken his poems from the upstairs room in an Eastbourne pub to the main stage of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, from underground Tokyo clubs to tramways in Paris, from a bookshop in Beijing to an airfield in Germany, from niche podcasts to BBC Radio.

Helen Colby – Sister Act

Helen trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and was awarded The Dame Judi Dench Scholarship Award.  She is creator and one third of comedy vocal trio The Dots – www.comejointhedots.co.uk

Theatre credits include:   Mrs Hopkins My Fair Lady (Teatro Massimo Sicily), The Dots (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Lynn/Marg Confetti and Chaos (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), The (M)Other Life (Workshop), Spite Beauty and the Beast (Salisbury Playhouse), Mrs Hopkins My Fair Lady (Teatro San Carlo Naples), The Dots (Viking Cruises), Mrs Pratchett Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Lead Vocalist (The Brick Lane Music Hall), Baguette Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Royal Wakefield), Fairy Godmother Cinderella (Beck Theatre Hayes), Baroness Elberfeld/Heidi Schweiger The Sound of Music (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Anna The House of Mirrors and Hearts (Perfect Pitch Workshop), Dance Captain/Swing Sweeney Todd (Adelphi West End), Fairy Godmother/Wicked Stepmother Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Tabard), Baroness Elberfeld The Sound of Music (No. 1 Tour), Sister Mary Emmebert Sister Act (Original Cast – London Palladium), News Revue (Canal Cafe Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe Festival), On That Note and Side by Side by Sondheim (The Tobacco Factory)

Film, TV and Recordings include:  The First Day We Met by Jo Lovett, Audiobook Narrator (Audio2020) Toxic by Jacqui Rose, Audiobook Narrator (RNIB), Irene Call The Midwife Christmas Special 2017 (Neal Street Productions), Policewoman The Chase (Vodafone), Company Consider Yourself, Dir. Vadim Jean (BBC Films/Gold Circle and The MOB Film Company), Company London Road Dir. Rufus Norris (Cuba Pictures), Sweeney Todd London Cast Recording, Sister Act Original Cast Recording, The Paul O’Grady Show, This Morning, GMTV, The Royal Variety Performance filmed at The Opera House Theatre Blackpool.

Represented by MRManagement and Voicebank London

John Bernard – Exploring Spoken Word with Apples and Snakes

John Bernard is a Spoken Word Artist & Rapper based in Coventry whose work examines issues of social commentary, youth empowerment, faith and purpose. He was recently selected as a finalist on 1Xtra and Asian Network’s BBC Words First programme.

He has been commissioned by organisations including Apples and Snakes, the BBC and The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry.

Katie Paine – We Will Rock You

Theatre credits include: Fairy Godmother in Cinderella (The Cresset Theatre); Killer Queen in We Will Rock You (West End); Killer Queen in We Will Rock You (Malta Arena); Mayzie La Bird in Seussical (Southwark Playhouse); Lead Vocalist in Masters of the House (UK Tour); Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland (Birmingham Old Rep); Esther in Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (UK Premiere); Morgan in Godspell (West End); Lead Vocalist in One Night of Rock (UK Tour); Mrs Darling/Big Chief/Maureen Mermaid in Peter Pan (St Albans Arena); Anita in Girls Night (UK Tour); Lead Female in You Don’t Bring Me Flowers (UK Tour).

Recording credits include: Featured Soloist on A Very West End Christmas album (Parallel Productions) ; Vocalist on Snow Angels EP.

Katie has also performed in numerous Charity Gala concerts throughout the UK and abroad, and is a popular Guest Entertainer on prestigious cruise liners all around the world.

Twitter: @katiepaine1

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