As part of Sparkfest 2021, the David Glass Ensemble will be presenting a scratch performance of our new piece "Silence" as well as a workshop "The Authentic Voice"


Thursday 20th May Performance at 7.30pm / £5 - £8 - Widcombe Social Club
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‘Boredom’ was Hell. ‘Mortgage’ was Purgatory. But ‘Silence’ is Paradise. David Glass presents a scratch of his Devine Comedy Trilogy.

Directors are either arseholes or pains in the arse and Wilson Speculum is both. He’s also the most talented, brilliant and successful Avant Garde Theatre Director to have ever graced the planet but now Speculum’s days are numbered.

As he gets to the end of the longest technical rehearsal ever, three years of his greatest epic, the 48 hour long Silence (a co-production with every major theatre and festival in the world), Speculum’s life is in grave danger.

To celebrate his return to the stage after 16 years, David Glass presents his solo Paradiso section of his Devine Comedy Trilogy. Developed during lockdown in conversation with directors Mike AlfredsTom Morris and Julian Crouch.

“A physical language of his own that is so fluent it can make words seem cumbersome. Genuis.”The Independent

There will be a Q&A with David Glass after the performance.

Funded by Arts Council England and supported by London International Mime Festival.


Wednesday 19th May, 12 noon - 4pm - £25 / £20 (concession) - Widcombe Social Club
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The Authentic voice focuses on two areas, firstly, the distinctive qualities and talents of the individual participants. The workshop helps unlock and reveal the particular ideas, concerns, feelings, images and narratives that are the bedrock of their creativity and potential. The second part of the workshop looks at how we engage these creative fragments with the world around us. How do we affect other people with who we are and what we want? Through a system of games, exercises and reflection, participants will gain greater confidence and awareness of their authentic voice and how to make this voice heard.

Dates: April 8-11, 2021

Time: 9.30am - 2.30pm UK / 17.30 - 22.30pm HK (with breaks)

Cost: £200 / £180 Concession (with a valid student ID)

Participation will be capped at 20 students.

To sign up, email your confirmation to and we will give you the payment details


“David Glass’s Creative Practice is a unique and courageous exploration of the archetypal experience of being human.”
-Peter Brook, International Theatre Director

“He has a unique imagination and a truly political provocation. David makes theatre about things that matter.”
Paule Constable, Olivier and Tony Award Winning Lighting Designer

David Glass, one of the global pioneers of devised theatre, will lead the students on a five-day course giving the rudiments, history and methodology of this approach to give them clear skills, tools and provocations for making their own theatre work. As well as this, the students will learn about Creativity broadly—its modes, qualities and phases–with applications beyond Theatre and in the wider world of leadership.

Creativity sits at the heart of how organisations work, how communities achieve wellbeing and how people and communities reach their full potential. 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

Among others, we will explore what it means to lower judgment and create secure environments that allow creativity to thrive. We will go into experiential and creative journeys that reflect on our lives and the world around us. 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. Students will come away with tools and skills and a framework that they can apply immediately to their work.

All of David Glass Ensemble’s teaching is practical and drawn from our 40 years of work devising theatre, the teaching is experienced through:

These workshops explore creative and innovative practices and how we can adapt these to creating artistic work, but also in the world of politics, education, social development, learning and technology. Our Creative Learning is rooted in The Creative Practice Handbook, written by David Glass—a practical guide on using Creativity to enhance the impact of social, developmental, arts and educational communities worldwide through learning, training and practice.

“David is one of the great teachers and artists of our time who has never been afraid to examine truth in all its manifestations; both beautiful and ugly, and has touched thousands of souls in a lifelong quest to connect and build meaningful relationships. He has the rare gift of marrying the deep intellect and knowledge of a scholar with the playful inquisitiveness of a child.”
-Amit Lahav, Artistic Director – Gecko


David Glass

Artistic Director of the David Glass Ensemble

David Glass is an award winning solo performer, theatre director, writer, designer, lighting designer, filmmaker, teacher and creative thinker. He is one of the UK’s most prominent Theatre Directors and one of the principal founders of the Physical/Visual, Devised, Ensemble and Applied Theatre movements.

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