Returning for 2017 we present a series of workshops designed to give you a better and richer experience at Incoming Festival. Whether you’re interested in producing a show, learning the art of devising or want the inside know-how for marketing and PR, take a look below at what workshops we have on offer.

Booking, Costs and Location

Workshops at Incoming Festival are £3 to attend plus a small booking fee, aside from our Fundraising workshop which is £12. However should you find this a barrier please do get in touch.  To book tickets please click the link below your chosen workshop(s) where you will be taken to our booking page.

All workshops will take place at NDT2 Studios.

Devising with Kill The Beast
Wednesday 7th June, 10:00-12:00

With The Boy Who Kicked Pigs, Kill The Beast took a short children’s novella and turned it into a greyscale, highly physical, blood-drenched, guffaw-inducing romp through 90’s Kent, lending the story a new identity and being able to build up our favourite elements into larger than life on-stage happenings.

Learn how to do the same, working with a range of grisly stimuli to begin creating your own stories. We will look at creating story lines and characters as well as toying with several methods of fleshing these out, leaving you with the beginnings of a cast and a plot, and plenty of ideas of how to keep creating new ones!

Please note this is a physical workshop, so please come in comfortable clothing. As a festival committed to accessibility, if you feel you have any access requirements we can accomodate to help you make the most out of the workshop please get in touch in advance.



Introduction to Producing
Wednesday 7th June, 14:00-16:00

What does a producer do? Do you need a producer and how do you find them? Join freelance producer and co-director of Incoming Festival to discuss and demystify what and who a producer is for theatre companies.

Jake will explore:
– Producer role in a theatre company
– Self producing and how to start out
– Budgets and Fundraising
– Finding venues and touring work
– Networking and relationship building
– How to find a producer and if a producer is right for your work

Jake is a freelance producer and programmer. He is producer for Snuff Box Theatre and is Artistic Director and Founder of A Younger Theatre. Jake co-directs and produces the annual Incoming Festival. Jake is also co-director of producing company Making Room working with artists across the UK. As an independent producer he has produced BLUSH (Snuff Box Theatre at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Soho and on Tour), Weald (Snuff Box Theatre and Finborough Theatre) and Shelter me (Theatre Delicatessen). As Associate Producer his credits include The Bombing of the Grand Hotel (Cockpit Theatre and Tour), Mouse Plague (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, BAC and Tour) and The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, BAC and Tour). Jake also co-curates Dialogue with Maddy Costa and produces Dialogue Festival. He was a freelance marketer before moving into producing and is a trustee of Boundless Theatre. Jake was nominated as Best Producer in the 2014 Off West End Awards.

Introduction to PR with Mobius PR
Thursday 8th June, 10:00-12:00

Mobius is a PR and marketing agency promoting live performance in London, across the UK and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In this intro to PR, we’ll be talking about the variety of tools you have to promote your show, how to identify your selling points, putting together a press release, the different kinds of press coverage that exist and how to pitch for them, and when and what to look for in outside help.

Fundraising Masterclass with David Byrne
Thursday 8th June, 14:00-17:00

New Diorama is often asked to talk to other artists, theatres and organisations about its successful fundraising. A day-long masterclass with New Diorama Artistic and Executive Director David Byrne usually costs up to £120, and we are offering this special half-day session at a very special rate during Incoming Festival only.

The workshop will cover fundraising strategy, applying to Trusts and Foundations, attracting and growing individual donors, securing business sponsors for your work as well as completing applications to Arts Council England. During the session, you will look through successful funding applications, have a chance to ask your questions and learn some practical, actionable tips that you can get to work with straight away.

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Comic Theatre With Clown Funeral
Friday 9th June, 10:00-13:00

Comic Theatre introduces participants to the key devices used by Clown Funeral in our theatre-making process. Creating comic characters, sharpening dialogue and keeping the humour surprising and clever are all touched on in this workshop.

Suitable for theatre-makers looking at devising and adaptation, particularly those at University/Graduate company level looking to take their next steps. The workshop can be done with no specific project in mind, or having seen our work.

Please note this is a physical workshop, so please come in comfortable clothing. As a festival committed to accessibility, if you feel you have any access requirements we can accomodate to help you make the most out of the workshop please get in touch in advance.



Collaborative Theatre Making With Superbolt Theatre
Saturday 10th June, 14:00-17:00

Working collaboratively can be at best tricky and at worst a total nightmare. But it can also be one of the most enriching and satisfying of theatrical experiences. Exercises that focus on Lecoq techniques, space, game-playing, improvisation, and devising will strengthen the connection between the group, provide a shared language and generate ideas for storytelling. Maria will share her personal discoveries of making theatre as part of Superbolt Theatre, a collaboratively-led theatre company.

Through practical exploration and a heightened awareness, you will consider how something meaningful can be born from the craziest of ideas. You might make work you never would have made on you own. Maybe you learn skills you did not know you had. You might get to know other people in a totally new way, and maybe you even make some pretty awesome theatre. In this workshop on collaborative theatre making, you will begin the process of working as an ensemble to make and perform stories for theatre. You will be encouraged to work through the challenges of collaboration in order to explore the new possibilities it provokes.

Please note this is a physical workshop, so please come in comfortable clothing. As a festival committed to accessibility, if you feel you have any access requirements we can accomodate to help you make the most out of the workshop please get in touch in advance.