2014 Company Profiles
Actor & Workshop Director
Involved as an actor since the first season in 2000; he augmented the company's outreach work developing a thriving youth programme. “Chris Donnelly's Iago is the most restrained and unshowy I've encountered, and this makes the seeping of his poison into Othello's mind all the more compelling and credible.” The Guardian ****
Education Facilitator Sophie Whittaker rehearsing with Saturday Morning workshop students in the Tobacco Factory Theatre
Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (SATTF) works closely with local schools and colleges to enable young people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds to access theatre and gain valuable skills for life.
The Season Workshops started in 2001 and many of the original workshop members have gone on to study degrees in theatre, train at theatre schools and in some cases to become full acting members of SATTF through our Apprentice and Graduate Actor Training schemes.
Shakespeare Week -16-22 March 2015
The company is also working closely with The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust as a launch partner for, Shakespeare Week an annual celebration of Shakespeare for primary school children throughout the UK.
SATTF offered Comedy and Magic in Shakespeare Workshops to primary school aged children in Bristol during the first Shakespeare Week, March 17 - 23, 2014. Several Bristol Primary Schools took part, exploring magic and comedy capers of some of Shakespeare's finest plays. Educational Workshops are pre-arranged and held on-site at participating primary schools. This year the theme is Friend and Foes and will explore friendship and gang rivalry through the close relationships of Romeo, Juliet and Mercutio and the antipathy between the Capulets and the Montagues. For more details about Shakespeare Week 2015 please phone 0117 963 3054 or email email@example.com.
Watch a video taster of Shakespeare Week 2014. With thanks to children and staff at Holy Cross Primary School, Bristol.
WORKSHOPS AND EDUCATION OUTREACH WORK
Season Workshops: In each year, starting from October to the end of the annual SATTF Season in May, we continue to offer a series of Saturday Morning Workshops for young people, 13 - 19 years old. These have all concluded with genuinely impressive pieces of devised theatre. Participants are encouraged to embrace the ethos of the Company: commitment, respect and a professional attitude. We hope they'll create new friendships and learn from one another, while developing valuable skills and a love of theatre. Participants work alongside highly talented members of the company who have wide-ranging experience in theatre, radio, television, film and education.
We are constantly striving to find funding to help to subsidise our workshops and to make them available to students from a wide range of backgrounds.
Education Outreach: Following on from the huge success of the Season Workshops, we have developed an exciting Education Outreach programme allowing students, to experience our dynamic and enriching performing arts, team-building and coaching workshops. For teachers we offer the confidence and skills to bring Shakespeare's plays alive in the classroom - as well as texts by any other classical or contemporary playwright.
The Season Workshops are recognised by Arts Award and SATTF is an Arts Award Supporter.
To find out more about Season Workshops , Shakespeare Week and Education opportunities with Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory please contact: 0117 963 3054 or firstname.lastname@example.org
PHOTO: SATTF Season Workshop students rehearsing in the Tobacco Factory Theatre with Education Facilitator Sophie Whittaker (Graham Burke)