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Hong Kong (1) Studio - Devised Theatre

September 27, 2019

Booking Closed

Artistic information

Devised Theatre

Theatre teachers often make devised work with their students, but to what extent do we actually teach them what devising is, how we might go about doing it and for what purpose? This studio will deliver a variety of student friendly approaches to creating devised theatre, through practical, ensemble based sessions, which will empower student led creation of work.

Learning outcomes
1. To learn and experience a range of devising strategies to place the idea of disciplined play at the heart of what we do as drama teachers.
2. To develop links between devising practice in the classroom and the wider community and school mission.
3. To develop fresh ways of practical inquiry which marry theatre specific content with conceptual and contextual understanding.
4. To practice practical strategies which engage a diverse range of students
5. To utilise the power of collaboration to invigorate inquiry.
6. To develop your network of Theatre teachers and to share ideas and resources with others.

Target audience
Middle and high school Theatre teachers from any programme.

About your workshop leader
Simon Bell is a freelance Theatre artist who works as an actor, director, movement director, educator, examiner and workshop leader. He has many years experience of teaching Theatre at both Middle and High school level in a diverse range of learning environments. He works as a teacher trainer and examiner for IB Theatre. He works for ISTA as an Artist in Residence, festival ensemble leader and DP Theatre student ensemble leader. He trained in Lecoq’s pedagogy and teaches professional acting classes using his techniques in Atlanta and Los Angeles. He has a specialism in Devising, in particular the approaches of Frantic Assembly, Complicite and Gecko, all of whom he has worked with practically.

Session outline
Session #1
What is devising?
A practical exploration inspired by Complicite of making something out of nothing and embracing doubt, chaos and blind faith. How do we model, teach and value an organic creative process? What does it look like in the classroom setting? How does it support a fully inclusive classroom?

Session #2
Ways into devising
A toolbox of practical ways to explore starting points: lots of quickfire exercises, a little bit of Gecko and a dash of imitation.

Session #3
Working without a script
How do you structure work without creating a script? Impactful beginnings and endings. Understanding Intention as the fundamental tool to student led creation.

Session #4
Why devise?
A practical exploration of combining contextual and conceptual understanding with drama specific knowledge (in this case verbatim theatre, use of multi-media, DV8’s creative approach, the theory of Anna Deveare Smith and potentially some other things we might discover along the way), links to the wider school, community and the world.

Important information

School address
Sha Tin College
3A Lai Wo Lane
Fo Tan
Hong Kong

School website

8:45am on Friday 27th September 2019
4:45pm on Friday 27th September 2019

Event Coordinator
Tom Scott

For participants
Registration is now open.
Registration closes Thursday 26th September 2019.
Places are limited, so please register early.
Participants should plan to attend the workshop in its entirety.
If travelling from outside the host city, please organise travel and accommodation accordingly.

For artists
Your event coordinator will be in touch with all details.



Registration fees
ISTA members – GBP £175.
Non ISTA members – GBP £192.50.

Please note
Registration fees include lunch and tea/coffee breaks.

Travel and visas

For participants
Local teachers will travel daily.
Overseas teachers will need to organise international and daily travel accordingly.
Overseas teachers will need to ensure they have the correct visa to enter Hong Kong.

For artists
Your EC will be in touch about travel details.
Please ensure you have the correct visa to enter Hong Kong.


For participants
Overseas participants will be responsible for booking any accommodation required to attend this workshop.
We advise booking accommodation close to the workshop venue.

For artists
ISTA will book accommodation for artists for the required number of nights.


For participants
Lunch will be provided on the day of the workshop; along with coffee/tea breaks throughout the day.
Breakfast and dinner are not provided.

For artists
ISTA will cover all meals for the duration of the workshop.

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Friday 27 September at 08:45
Finishes on Friday 27 September at 16:45


Sha Tin College
3A Lai Wo Lane
Fo Tan
Hong Kong


• Bradley Tuff
• Evangeline Grant
• Peter Molan
• Sarah Sweetman
• Sian Lewis
• Steven Fry


• Simon Bell