Devised and Physical Object Theatre, Manchester

The artist is constantly using their work to help people to ‘see again’, ‘think again’ and ‘feel again’. Central to the artist’s process is learning through experience, exploration and expression.

Led by David Glass, this 6-day intensive live workshop, will be exploring Devised Object Theatre, rooted in physical and image-based theatre and storytelling. The workshop will combine skill and technical practice with explorative, experience-based investigations into movement and drama.

Using his Alchemy-Extraordinary five-stage devising process we will start from the body to explore principles of spatial dynamics, the three emotional centres of the body, the basic grammar of movement, fixed points, élan, the elements of nature and the struggle of pushing and pulling.

When? 8th – 13th February 2021, 10am – 5pm

Where? Venue TBC, Manchester, UK

Course fee: £215 (£185 concessions)

For more info email –

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Creative Practice @ Balkan Retreat (RESCHEDULED)

Dates: 21st – 23rd May 2020 (RESCHEDULED, NEW DATES TBC)

Cost: €350, including accommodation and meals

Location: Balkan Retreat, Serbia

Workshop Audience: all ages and all levels of experience

Workshop Size: Max 10 students + camping places for up to 4 more


David Glass’ teaching in fundamental ‘creative modes’ and his Creative practice are now recognised as powerful learning frameworks and tools, and used around the world in Social Development, Education and Business. David believes that all humans want is to have relationships with each other, the world around them and themselves. And through this fundamental desire, creativity naturally flows. These workshops teach practical creative and innovative practices and how we can adapt these to personal, project and organisational development. These workshops are rigorous, playful and powerfully transformative.

The 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.

Creative Practice and Modes

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


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.

The Ensemble’s approach teaches the four fundamental engagement modes of directive, coached, facilitated and delegated behaviour. Soft, firm and strong engagement are developed with direct, indirect and ‘from behind’ approaches. In this training the participant will learn the power of open, closed and half open questioning along with the powerful relationship between proposal and provocation. The Ensemble has successfully trained facilitators in 40 countries across arts, social development and educational organisations.


The workshop takes place at the Balkan Retreat, the residence of the Balkan Producing House.

The Balkan Retreat is a permaculture small-holding, located in a tiny village, Bešenovački Prnjavor, immersed in the beautiful natural surroundings of the forested Fruška Gora National Park, in Serbia, a very accessible Central European location. It is 5 minutes walk from the National Park and 15 minutes walk from a gorgeous lake, ideal for swimming.

The area is famous for its monasteries (the 17th in our village), magical woodland, protected flora and fauna, a wide variety of wild, edible mushrooms, magnetic fields, fresh water springs, wine, and hiking and biking routes. The area is also famous for being the birthplace of the most Roman Caesars!

Eco Site

The Balkan Retreat is a permaculture site with free-ranging chickens and Mangulica pigs. Our mission is to recycle, reuse, or repurpose as much waste/old material as we can. We try to learn from nature, rather than fight against it. We try to eat less meat, and when we do, ensure it is ethically sourced. We provide for vegetarian and vegan diets on request.

During the workshops, you will be provided with homemade, local and seasonal food and quirky but comfortable, shared accommodation. You can find photos and more information about facilities and the location on the Balkan Retreat website.

How to Book

Please email: and we will send you a registration form.  We will ask for a 25% deposit to secure your place on the course. The rest of the amount is due before (or on) the first day of the course.

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5 day Devised Theatre & Story Intensive

Are you a performer, director or theatre maker looking to create work? Do you want to work with one of the leading names in devised and physical theatre, an artist who has been making groundbreaking work for decades and continues to be at the forefront of devised theatre here and internationally?

Devised theatre now sits at the heart of modern theatre practice. Here the actor as collaborative maker is central. The participants will explore the tools of eliciting, image-making, emergence, story structure and theme, to develop skills in the creation of original and authentic theatre. This is a must for any performer wishing to develop their own work. Over the five days, the participants will learn the fundamentals of Devised Theatre and will come away with tools and skills they can use immediately in creating work.

David is an international teacher and multi award winning theatre maker and his ex students include some of the top names in theatre and performance including Simon McBurney, Emma Thompson, Amit Lahav, Tom Morris and many more.

“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 life-long quest to connect and build meaningful relationships.” –  Amit Lahav, Artistic Director of Gecko

Cost: £230 (concs/ early bird) £250 full price
Early bird deadline is January 10th

Dates: 10th -14th February 2020

Venue TBC but will be in or close to Central Manchester
To book your place please email:

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