We create opportunities for local community involvement in all of our projects and lead on compelling devising projects.
We are currently leading on two digital projects with young people in partnership with The Dukes, Lancaster & Ideas Test.
Here's a peek at what we've been up to at The Dukes:
People have opportunties to take part in our projects, or train with members of our team in a variety of ways, 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.
- 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 Makers company, to create a site-specific show inspired by our style of performance; see that tab for more info.
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.
At any point a life will end.
This is a play about how we cope with the inevitable.
An exploration of a universal story that will affect all of us at some point.
This surprising, humorous and personal look at how we deal with the end of life sees us collaborate with Sheffield People's Theatre. In a unique theatrical experience, starting at the Crucible then on to the city centre's Upper Chapel, you'll be led through a series of intimate experiences by a 50-strong cast.
Dates: TBC, Location: Upper Chapel, Sheffield City Centre
We are gutted that our co-production with Sheffield Theatres, Everybody's Got to Leave Sometime, will not go ahead with performances in May 2020 due to the ongoing public health situation. We have loved devising the show with members of Sheffield People's Theatre and are working to ensure that the show will be presented at a future date.
What happens to your digital life after you die?
If there was a magic button, would you delete your online existence?
USER NOT FOUND is an immersive video podcast about what happens to our online identities after we die. For this digital adaptation of the 2018/19 critically acclaimed live show, the company have created a virtual site-specific world.
“digital theatre really does have the ability to reach through the screen and touch our hearts” ★★★★ A Younger Theatre
- The 50-minute experience is available NOW to experience on demand, without charge. Access it via YouTube here or Apple Podcasts here.
- The experience has been created for ages 14+ and for smartphones & headphones.
Additional Learning Opportunities: Available Virtually or In Person
- Virtual Talk: on the creation of digital theatre, focussing on User Not Found as a case study
- Online Workshop: on making theatre for the digital sphere; using writing & devising exercises to explore the online world as a landscape to make theatre within.
All sessions will be run by Dante or Die’s Co-Artistic Directors who have a wealth of experience creating and facilitating sessions & working as guest lecturers for a variety of settings, from the University of Reading to Central School of Speech & Drama.
Sessions will be tailored to the specific area of study of your students. They can take place in person or via a digital platform of your choice.
For more information or to book a session, contact Sophie Ignatieff on firstname.lastname@example.org