We create opportunities for local community involvement in all of our projects. This takes different forms depending on the aims of the project, including:
- Performance opportunities alongside our professional teams, such as guest performers in Take On Me. This involves training through rehearsals, workshops with Dante or Die associates and opportunities for mentoring from the Dante or Die teams
- Outreach & engagment workshops alongside touring productions. Whilst User Not Found is touring, Co-Artistic Director Terry O'Donovan will be faciltating Digital Legacy Creative Workshops
- Community workshops & conversations form a major part of our Research & Development for new projects. Most recently this has included conversations with LGBTQ+ Support groups as part of an R&D exploring the LGBTQ+ experience in UK prisons
- We invite members of the community of all ages to symposiums & sharings of work-in-progress. This is often targeted at groups who may have specific interest in the subject matter. Feedback sessions influence the decision-making for the project's next steps
- We are passionate about creating opportunties for young people to gain experience in the arts, and helping them to begin their careers. We regularly host placement students through college work experience, university placement schemes or the Santander graduate programme
- Have a look at our Work With Us page for information on available roles
Take On Me included over 70 people in Surrey as guest performers. Some were core ensemble members who toured to seven different leisure centres, whilst some performed for just one or two performances. Members of Dramatize, for example, joined us at three leisure centres. Everyone took part in workshops, conversations and training sessions during the project. Some members of the guest cast continue to work with us, such as Sophie Gunn who will perform in the new tour of Take On Me, embedding BSL into the production. Sophie has also been funded by Michael Grandage Bursaries to collaborate with us as an Access Associate on embedding captioning into User Not Found. Others have begun their professional careers, are in drama training schemes or making their own projects happen.
The role of sixteen year old Miki was played by a local young actress everwhere we toured Handle With Care. In I Do, the role of 10 year old flower girl Kitty, was also performed by a local young actress at each touring location.
In 2014 we collaborated with the V&A Museum to create a show directed and performed by professional Dante or Die associates with members of Pimento Group in Westway. Treasure was inspired by Handle With Care, exploring what objects are treasures to you. Director Clare Dunn and performer Stuart Barter delivered workshops at the V&A alongside Dante or Die's Associate Artist Anna Woolhouse, creating stories and characters for a brand new promenade performance through the corridors of the V&A.
University or schools workshops often invite students to be part of our development of narratives, form, scripting or choreography. We offer a range of site-specific creation workshops from 2 hour devising sessions to day and week-long residencies. Using directors Daphna Attias and Terry O’Donovan’s unique blend of space, movement, text and music the company will tailor their workshop programmes to your participants’ needs. Recent workshops include Belltable:Connect in Limerick Ireland, University of Reading and Central School of Speech and Drama.
Workshops are available to outreach and community groups as well as students and professional actors, dancers, directors, choreographers and artists. Projects include:
- Creating performance in alternative spaces
- Choreography of buildings
- The audience's role in promenade performances
- Crash course in site-specific devising
- Site-specific & promenade performance skills for actors
The company is also available to direct performances, or to mentor students and companies.
We recently collaborated with The Lowry's Theatre Maker's company. Over twenty young people created an original performance that took over an office in Salford, inspired by Dante or Die's style of performance.
If you're interested in discussing directing or mentoring opportunities please contact Terry at email@example.com.
In 2019 we worked with The Lowry’s Young Theatre Makers to present their debut performance as The Offstage Ensemble, Bright Futures.
It’s a busy afternoon at Bright Futures…it’s performance review day for the junior sales team. Join them for a panicky, primal, perfect-score-attaining power hour – where the wannabe executives circle around the photocopier, ready to trip you up on your ‘Real Growth Initiative’ presentation and get lunch all down your ‘Client Impact Objectives’.
The Offstage Ensemble in collaboration with Dante or Die will transform an unused office space into an original landscape of ambition, competition…and, er… complete professionalism.
More info can be found here.