the MolinoGroup are delighted to be able to offer a range of workshops to groups in formal education and amateur / professional groups. Members of the MolinoGroup have previously facilitated workshops for The Old Vic, Drum Theatre Plymouth, New Wimbledon Theatre, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter, as well as across a number of schools, colleges and universities. Each workshop is be led by company members, and the company can offer existing workshops as well as bespoke programmes suited to your group's requirements.

the MolinoGroup are offering workshops alongside their [ art : weapon ] season of work, taking place in Autumn 2014. If you would like to book a workshop and tickets for any production - or are interested in stand-alone workshops - then please feel free to contact us.

Endorsements from previous workshops:

"The MolinoGroup delivered an insightful workshop around their company methodology and the creation of Desert. The workshop was pitched to be relevant to both accomplished writers and those still in the very early stages of their careers, exploring the relationship between writer and director as artists and collaborators.

Tom Nicholas, New Model Theatre

"I learnt a lot about the process of utilising the space, resources and properties to create different ideas and scenes. I also learnt more [about] the effectiveness of group collaboration in contributing ideas to scenes."

Bryony Reynolds, Exeter University Theatre Student

Workshops Currently Available

Devising a true story

How can you take real life into the theatre? Can you merge fact and fiction? And what is your responsibility to the source material?

A comprehensive and practical workshop exploring the methods by which the MolinoGroup created their production of Desert about WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning. Ideal for drama students from GCSE level up to University, and for anyone interested in building their devising toolkit.

Who is Chelsea Manning? Identity and interpretation in an internet era

How has the media interpretation of Chelsea Manning’s whistleblowing actions created our impression of her? And what of her own words and how they have been used?

Part practical workshop / part debate, the MolinoGroup will explore with participants whether Manning’s gender and personal history might have provoked her actions, and their possible legacy. An excellent workshop for those studying journalism and politics, or anyone interested in interpretation in our online world.

Gender and Performance

Drawing on Desert’s use of multi-roling and Chelsea Manning’s recent announcement to undergo gender reassignment, the MolinoGroup lead this workshop practically examining the issues around gender and performance.

Participants will explore multi-roling and gender blind casting, questioning what purpose these techniques have on the stage and how they might become political. This workshop would suit drama students A Level upwards, as well as those studying gender in a more academic or anthropological way.

All workshops can be made bespoke and are available either on their own or as part of a package with the production / tickets to the production. Please contact us if you would like further information about this option.

Please note we intend for all performances to be accompanied by post show debates and discussions around the issues bought up by DESERT, and these can also be extended and bought into your school/college/university/community.