Hatch – Creative workshops exploring mental health – 23rd April to 28th May
A series of creative workshops with a two-fold objective: to give young people in Renfrewshire an outlet for exploring mental health, and devising creative ways the Council can engage with young people to hear their concerns.
I have been delivering theatre sessions for young people since 2011 that both excite and challenge the participants. This has taken place in a variety of contexts from Youth Theatre to in-school workshops. I am experienced working with young people aged between 5 and 25, with a focus on working with those aged 13 and up. I am known for maintaining a fun and playful workshop environment while balancing ambition and working hard. My pedagogy is movement-based and rooted in offering structure and tools to young people to define their own artistic taste in open creative tasks. I always remain adaptable and approachable. I take great care not to patronise, and to empower those with whom I work.
Based in Glasgow, I regularly work with The Beacon Arts Centre where I am the Youth Theatre and Young Company leader, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for whom I lead their RCS Juniors Acting Level 2s, as well as PACE Youth Theatre and Aberdeen Performing Arts for whom I work on a project-by-project basis. I have also facilitated workshops for Traverse Theatre, RCS Fair Access, RCS Lifelong Learning, and YTAS.
Specific workshops I have led include:
- Ensemble and Devising Skills
- Introduction to Dramaturgy
- Movement – introduction levels to advanced classes
- Creative writing programmes
- Interdisciplinary Summer Schools
- Text Work – monologues, duologues, and showcases
- Audition Prep
- Shakespeare for Senior and Primary school ages
- Schools’ Workshops
I am also an experienced director of young people in both studio settings and larger auditorium spaces.
In 2017, How To Save The World…ish was selected for the main festival programme for Chrysalis 2017 as one of the two Scottish representatives.
YTAS noted that “it was refreshing to see a youth theatre performance that relied on the value of storytelling” and the production “packed a pretty punch at the end in a gentle but thought-provoking way”. At Chrysalis it received a strong review in the Herald describing it as “a life-affirming allegory about fighting for what you believe” in which “the Greenock company demonstrates the power of a good story colourfully told.”
You can read the full review here.
Comments from industry:
“Nick excels in a rehearsal room where he confidently and effectively leads a company through a devised process. His facilitation and collaboration skills are exceptional and he has the ability to engage and unlock imaginations, stimulate curiosity and create cutting-edge performances.”
– Laura Pearce, Beacon Arts Centre Learn Producer, 2012-2017
“[How To Save The World…ish] not only showed Nick’s artistic vision and skill but also his way of working with and getting the best out of young theatre makers with a variety of experience and skills, bringing the best out of them all in terms of performance and confidence; a great skill to have as a director when devising.”
– Gillian Gourley, National Theatre of Scotland, 2017
If you would like to discuss any of my work or check my availability then please do not hesitate to get in touch.