March 2, 2011

The Actors Laboratory presents:  

In association with Creative New Zealand The Actors Laboratory is pleased as punch to announce our first class for 2011: Making Theatre with John Bolton.  

Bringing to bear his incredible well of talent and experience, master actor, director and teacher John Bolton will lead a two day workshop on the craft of devising a show. 

The workshop will be group focussed, allowing you to work with your team in a safe and structured way developing your ideas in a space that will be process rather then product driven. John will bring to bear his incredible devising pedigree and world renowned theatre making expertise. Workshops that John has led in the past have been a jumping off point for acclaimed shows Strange Resting Places and Ship Songs

"I worked with John at the very start of the process of getting Ship Songs out of my head and onto paper. The time with John was beyond invaluable, the show would simply not exist without him. The techniques I learned and the confidence in my own voice that I gained from working with John is amazing and resonates with me years after… and he is just really nice too! – Ian Hughes 

Making Theatre with John Bolton 
March 26th and 27th 2011 
9am – 5pm
TAPAC – 100-102 Motions Road, Western Springs 
$130 per person

Note: At this stage the workshop is open to Groups Only. This is to ensure that each idea be given time and space to develop over the workshop.

Places are limited so get in quick!

Email Rachel Forman or Sam Snedden at: to request a place. On confirmation we expect payment into our bank account by Friday 18th March. Please let us know if you would like to arrange a payment plan.

John Bolton is an actor, director and master teacher has been creating theatre for over thirty years. He has co-created and directed many shows that have been invited to festivals and theatres throughout the world. His work on life stories includes Odyssey with Andreas Litras which was invited to Adelaide, Melbourne, and The Bite Festival at the Barbican in London and I don’t Wanna play House with Tammy Anderson which was invited to Dublin, Hong Kong and Ten Days On the Island in Tasmania. He has adapted Grimm Fairytales with graduating students at The VCA, directed and devised dance pieces with Kage Physical Theatre and made a two person Hamlet in Melbourne which won a Fringe First Award. He co-created an adaptation of Salmon Fisher Boy with Dan Scollay which was awarded two Green Room Awards (Melbourne Critics awards) for Best Production and Best Direction. He was Head of Acting at the Victorian College of the Arts between 2002-2006 where he was awarded the 2005 Teaching Excellence Award. He was awarded the 2002 Kenneth Myer Medallion for services to Victorian Theatre.

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