Alchemy Extraordinary: In The Time Of Pandemic

David Glass Ensemble and Theatre Nation are delighted to be partnering on an ongoing ‘Beckett Pandemic’ project, beginning with David Glass himself leading his Creative Practice workshop ‘Alchemy Extraordinary’ to the Stables Theatre in Hastings from 21st to 25th September (with an optional final day on 26th September). 

Accomplished theatre maker, visionary and provocateur with an international reputation, David Glass has developed a tried and tested methodology to best access and express the authentic making of art. David will introduce his five-stage Creative Practice used by many artistic practitioners worldwide; his work has influenced noted individuals and companies including Emma Thompson, Anne Marie Duff, Simon McBurney (Complicite), Stephen Daldry, and Gecko; and dance artists Shobana Jeyasingh and Lloyd Newson. The creative practice applies to artists working in all disciplines; not theatre alone. 

The workshop will take the participants through the Five Stages of the Creative Process that is used in all forms of creative activity, from project development to arts projects and teaching: 1) Preparation 2) Origination 3) Organisation 4) Manifestation 5) Reflection. David’s approach is fun, practical and rooted in real world skills. All of his training uses Games, Exercises and Forum Integrative learning to give a wide range of participants a direct experience and intellectual underpinning of this training. 

The Creative Practice workshop will give participants time to interrogate, explore and reflect upon their own creative methodology here in Hastings – home to one of the most diverse and exciting creative communities in the country. A retreat in this eclectic seaside town offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with a community of artists, at a time when artistic practice and live performance is sadly limited.

Theatre Nation are thrilled that the workshop will be held in The Stables Theatre, situated in Hastings’ bohemian Old Town. The Stables has been at the heart of the local theatre community for over 60 years. 

The Alchemy Extraordinary workshop will be conducted strictly in line with government guidelines, to implement appropriate social distancing measures – to ensure safety for participants. This will include hand sanitisers, the use of masks where appropriate and will be conducted in line with The Stables’ own policy. 


DATES: 21st-26th September 2020

VENUE: Stables Theatre, Hastings, UK

COST: £300 (payments in instalments can be arranged)

We are conscious that in these difficult times, people may require further support to participate. We would like to ensure that anybody who is interested in working with David has the opportunity to do so. For this reason, we will be able to offer some bursaries. If this applies to you, please contact, stating how this experience would be of benefit.


For more information and to register your place, please contact Jane Freund at


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