Practical Writing Exercises to inspire your drama students – in association with National Drama
Writer Leo Skilbeck and poet Keith Jarrett will lead you through two practical writing exercises which you are able to share with your students. Rob Watt, Artistic Director of Theatre Centre, will then explore how to expand these exercises into programmes of work. Rob will also introduce various creative projects which Theatre Centre have produced which can be used in the classroom.
Theatre Centre brings world-class theatre straight into the heart of schools. Our productions present big ideas and difficult questions that can help young audiences make sense of a complex and changing world. We use the power of stories, writing and performance to support students and teachers in their learning across a range of subjects to build confidence and aspirations.
Keith JarrettWriter, performer and educator
UK poetry slam champion and Rio International Poetry Slam Winner, Keith’s work has included bilingual performances in Bilbao and Madrid, in addition to UK-wide commissions, from arts institutions to St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Houses of Parliament. His play, Safest Spot in Town, was aired on BBC Four.
Leo Skilbeck Writer, director, theatre maker and the Artistic Director of Milk Presents theatre company.Leo SkilbeckWriter, director, theatre maker and the Artistic Director of Milk Presents theatre company.
Leo Skilbeck is a writer, director, theatre maker and the Artistic Director of Milk Presents theatre company. Leo is a Theatre Centre Fellow, and their work centres queer and trans experiences in unexpected ways, often fusing theatre and cabaret. Leo’s recent work includes Bullish – a transmasculine odyssey (Milk Presents UK tour 2018); Joan - a drag king play (Milk Presents/Derby Theatre, winner of Fringe First, Off-West End Award); Big Ben (a monologue for the Young Vic’s My England film series).
Rob Watt Critically acclaimed director, dramaturg, facilitator and Artistic Director of Theatre CentreRob WattCritically acclaimed director, dramaturg, facilitator and Artistic Director of Theatre Centre
Rob collaborates with writers, communities, poets, designers to try to make sense of the fractured world we live in. He is dedicated to working with young people to help them tell stories, understand how to access theatre and to make resonant and risk taking work. As well as being Artistic Director of Theatre Centre he also currently works as an Associate at Headlong Theatre and regularly teaches at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He previously headed up the young people’s team at the National Theatre, was a Lead Artist at Lyric Hammersmith, an Artist Mentor at the Barbican and was Associate Director at Immediate Theatre.