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Learning from the masters : Coney

Happystorm's Joint Artistic Director, Susi, has been awarded a bursary to spend 7 days in London working with interactive theatre makers, Coney.

Through the Masterclass, Susi will investigate ways in which immersive theatre can interrogate and engage with social and political systems, culminating in a showcase performance using a Coney show in development, Early Days (of a better nation), as a platform.

The Masterclass will explore...
1) Training in performance: Developing techniques for performing in immersive and responsive theatre, combining text and improvisation techniques to build a character who can respond plausibly in any scenario.

2) Training in devising, writing and dramaturgy: Creating narrative responsive worlds where audiences have agency to co-author their experiences. You will also explore Coney’s iterative development process, where ideas are tested in front of a live audience from the earliest stage.

3) Training in applied game design: Coney’s shows incorporate game mechanics at their heart, and you will explore how these mechanics can be mixed with theatrical techniques to enhance the audience experience.
After her week in London, Susi will then pass on the techniques and discoveries to the creative team of Look If You're Happy.

24/7 Theatre Festival Mentors

Having been on the panel for the site specific category of plays submitted to Manchester's 24/7 Theatre Festival this year, we have been invited to mentor the winning company through their production process. We're not sure exactly what that will involve at the moment but we are glad to be able to help out and to pass on what we've learnt from our successes and mistakes over the last few years.

As anyone who has worked on a show with us will know, making site specific theatre is a true voyage of discovery so the more brains you have on it, the better!

Addiction and Performance - continuing the conversation

We can confirm that Cambridge Scholars will be publishing a book titled Addiction and Performance next year which will feature a chapter co-written by Matthew Ganley, Sarah Myott-Meadows and Susi Wrenshaw exploring links between addiction and performance from our work on The Crypt Project.

"Those initial performances of The Crypt Project, not only introduced people to theatre as a form of entertainment, it was real to them, it expressed the things they felt. The Crypt Project brought to life and gave understanding to their own life experience, demystifying the causes, stripping away the stigma and allowing expression so that people could move on in their life, make changes and be proud of where they are today." Deb Drinkwater, Trustee of UK Recovery Walk Charity


Developing new talent

Alongside our work with professional actors we are proud to be involved in the early careers of some exceptional young actors. Working with under 18s to develop skills and confidence leading towards LAMDA qualifications is a joy and our last cohort received excellent comments and marks.

We have also tutored many emerging actors to select, write and perform monologues for Drama School auditions. It is wonderful to see them grow in self-expression and a just reward to have so many places offered this year, including at LIPA, Birmingham School of Acting and East 15.

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Archive 7: Oct 2012 to April 2013

National Press for Borderline Vultures

Behind the scenes documentary released for Borderline Vultures

Book chapter proposal accepted

Contemporary theatre workshops

Archive 6: June 2012 to Sept 2012

Arts Council England to fund our biggest project yet: Borderline Vultures

Peel Media sponsor Borderline Vultures

Walk the Plank mentor Happystorm

Community short film course success

The Lowry commission an interactive Happystorm production

Shortlisted for a Salford Business Award for Excellence 2012

Archive 5: Dec 2011 to May 2012

Prison / Probation Community Short Film

Unanimous 5 star reviews for New Depths

New Depths sold out: extra show added

What's On Stage Featured Production of 2011

Arts Council England to fund New Depths

Invitation to produce a new show underneath The Lowry (Re:play 2012)

The Crypt Project goes International

Leadership Training with InMovement

Enterprizing Magazine feature on Happystorm so far

Archive 4: Oct 2011 to Dec 2011

Happystorm actors help celebrate 2 special birthdays at the Hilton Hotel

Proud sponsors of the Didsbury Beer Festival

Happystorm win a place at the Social Enterprise North West Trade Fair

Theatre-Makers Creative Lunch in association with The Library Theatre

The Myth of Escape finishes its tour at The Pauper's Pit Theatre, Buxton

Escape from the crypt.... Salford Media Scene writes about Happystorm's latest adventures

King's Cross Award for New Writing 2011 Longlist Announced

Archive 3: May 2011 to Oct 2011

Run-in with Merseyside Police

Liverpool Echo preview

Clare Stokes

Sold out at Smith's Theatre Restaurant, Eccles

Shortlisted for a Manchester Tourism Award

Tour extended until October 2011!

Richard III like never before.....

100% pass rate for our LAMDA students

The Myth of Escape - seeing stars!

Probation workshops for The Myth of Escape

Guest speaker for Creative Careers Event

Big Lottery funding awarded to The Myth of Escape

Arts Council England funding awarded to The Myth of Escape

Archive 2: Nov 2010 to May 2011

Front page news

Guest speaker from Happystorm

5 Star Reviews for The Crypt Project

Arts Council England funding awarded to The Crypt Project

Director announced for The Crypt Project: Sarah Meadows

Director announced for The Myth of Escape: John Garfield-Roberts

Peggy Ramsay Foundation funding granted to The Crypt Project - Research Phase

Mock Audition Workshops

Workshop with Arden School of Theatre

New additions to the Happystorm family

Re:play 2011 Be Rain For Me at Contact Theatre

Archive 1: Jan to Nov 2010

Be Rain For Me to mark the International Day For The Eradication of Violence Against Women

Co-Director, Cinematographer and editor announced for Be Rain For Me trailer

BBC Radio Manchester features Amy Spencer and Susi Wrenshaw in Be Rain For Me

Russell Kennedy and Matthew Ganley on North Manchester Radio

Be Rain For Me at the Lass Fest

The Arts Council England to fund Be Rain For Me

Be Rain For Me shortlisted for Manchester Library Theatre's First Stage competition

Be Rain For Me wins Halden Theatre's Triliteral Stageplay Festival

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