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FREE WORKSHOPS - Directing, Producing, Dramaturgy

Shandyland Workshops

In association with our co-production of Shandyland,Northern Stage & Greyscale Theatre Company present a series of free workshops for early to mid-career theatremakers, led by the creative team of Shandyland.

Directing with Hannah Banister - Fri 21 Feb, 10am-2pm - Find out more

Dramaturgy with Selma Dimitrijevic - Thu 26 Feb, 1pm-5pm - Find out more

Producing with Gabby Vautier - Wed 13 May, 2pm-5pm - Find out more

Making the jump: Open discussion about moving from small to mid-scale work,

led by Selma Dimitrijevic, guest Lorne Campbell, artistic director of Northern Stage

- Mon 2 Mar, 4pm-6pm - Find out more.

Taking part in all workshops will be 2 BSL interpreters

and a notetaker. If youwould like to talk about your

access requirements please email Chloe


Workshops are generously supported

by Arts Council England.

THEATRE WORKOUT - do you want to come and play with us?

We are setting up a short workshop session to test new exercises and warm up approaches and we are looking for any performers that might be interested in spending couple of hours with us.

On 31st of January, at Dance City, we will be workshoping from 2pm to 5pm. We will do a long warm up (45 min or so) and then try a few new exercises that the company would like to develop for future projects. This is not an audition or development rehearsal for particular project, but if you are free and would like some exercise come and join us.

We are looking for 5-6 people  who might be free and interested in spending some time in a relaxed rehearsal room. We will pay £10 travel expenses to anyone joining us. There will also be a baby in the room. Led by Selma Dimitrijevic.

If you would like to join us please email Chloe on, with just a few words about yourself.

If you have any questions you can email Chloe on or Selma on


31st January

2pm - 5pm

Fee -£10 expenses.

Like other work these workshops are generously supported by Arts Council England.




WORKSHOP #1 (BSL interpreted)


Tuesday 22nd of October  - 2pm-6pm @ Northern Stage


Four hour workshop exploring the key differences between writing for the stage and screen. For emerging writers or writers at mid-level in T.V. and theatre. Limited places. With Karen Laws and Selma Dimitrijevic.


WORKSHOP #2 (BSL interpreted)

INTRODUCTION TO WRITING FOR THEATRE  – with Karen Laws and  Greyscale

Wednesday 30th of October  - 10am-2pm @ Northern Stage

Four hour workshop exploring character, dialogue and structure for the stage. Limited places. With Karen Laws and Selma Dimitrijevic. (For emerging and early career writers.)

Both workshops are FREE and open to theatremakers in the North East.


To apply please send a short paragraph about yourself/your work to by 5pm on Wednesday 16th of October and tell us which workshop you are interested in. We aim to let everyone know about their place by the end of the day on Thursday 17th of October.

We will have 2 BSL interpreters working with us in both workshops, but if you think having a support worker, note taker or any other kind of support useful, please let us know.

Both workshops are led by Karen Laws, supported by Selma Dimitrijevic, with BSL interpretation by Faye Alvi and Caroline Ryan. You can read more about Karen's work HERE and HERE.  Karen wrote for Holby City, Casualty, Eastenders, Waterloo Road, Hollyoaks and Shameless, as well as LIVE Theatre in Newcastle.

If you have any questions or would like to have

a chat about the workshop, send us a quick email

and we will reply as soon as we can. 


Workshops are supported by ACE ,

Northern Stage and Greyscale.

FREE WORKSHOP  - Building to Interaction

BUILDING TO INTERACTION with gobscure and Greyscale

Friday 30th of November 2018 , 5pm - 8pm at Northern Stage

                                                                            ---- APPLICATIONS CLOSED ----


Using gobscure and Greyscale's work in development - new play 'joey' -  we will look at the connection and interplay between performers and the audience. All participants will take part in group exercises which involve both directing and performing.

This workshop is open to directors and performers in the North East.


To apply please send a short paragraph about yourself/your work to by 23rd of November.

Led by Selma Dimitrijevic, with BSL interpretation by Faye Alvi and TBC.

If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about the workshop, send us a quick email and we will give you a call.

Introduction To Directing

for D/deaf and disabled artists in the North East

part of Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS)

                       ----- applications closed -----

Have you ever seen a theatre show and thought I could do this, or I would like to do this, or even I wonder what it’s like to do this? Then this could be a perfect opportunity for you to find out!

Greyscale and RTYDS have launched a new Introduction to Directing course as part of the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme, for new and emerging D/deaf and disabled directors across the region. The course will offer practical training for people (over 18 years of age) who are interested in finding out whether or not a career as a director is for them.

The course will be led by Selma Dimitrijevic, artistic director of Greyscale, and will include weekly workshops with experienced directors who are currently working in the region. There will be at least one BSL interpreter present at all sessions.  

During the course directors will have the opportunity to gain an insight into the live development of Greyscale’s new project by observing some of our rehearsals, as well as each participant having the opportunity to direct a short scene with professional actors at the end of the course.

Workshops will run over 6 weeks between October 14th and November 18th 2017 at Greyscale studio in Newcastle city centre. The course will be the equivalent of 6 full days across 6 weeks, however this may be split out into half days where appropriate and the dates will be decided according to applicants’ availability.


To apply, please tell us a bit about yourself, your interest in theatre and directing, and your experience. This can be in any format that is accessible to you – an email (1 page A4), video (up to 3 minutes) or Glide (@lpslnqm).


This course is FREE to all successful participants.


The application deadline is Monday 11 September 2017.

If you have any questions or would like to talk to us before applying please email Sarah at


Saturday 4 March 2017 @ Greyscale Studio, Newcastle


CARO SPARKS, aka Caroline Parker MBE, is one of the best known deaf actresses and cabaret performers working in the UK today.
Using the text of Hedda Gabler, Caroline will introduce her practice and approach to directing and performing classical texts.
This masterclass is for North East mid-career performers and directors with at least 6 years professional experience.  The workshop will be in English and British Sign Language and fully accessible to both deaf and hearing participants.
TIME:     Saturday 4th of March, from 10am – 6pm
PLACE:  Greyscale Studio at Bamburgh House, Newcastle


The workshop is free to participants. There are 12 places available.

If you would like to join us please send us: up to 500 words with a some information on your work and why are you interested in attending this workshop. Email: millie

If you would like to apply through GLIDE app, or through sending a short video, please email Millie to arrange this.


DEADLINE: 10th of February, 10am.


Any D/deaf performers or directors with required experience are guaranteed a place on the workshop. D/deaf artists with fewer than 6 years of professional experience are also encouraged to apply.

Caroline make songs accessible to deaf people and sign language accessible to hearing – she is also 'a delightful actress stepping comfortably from knockabout comedy to classical drama.'  She has spent last 30 years acting, performing sign songs, devising, signing, dancing, miming and launching a stand up comedy act at such places as theatres, screens, streets, shopping centres, cabaret, festivals, House of Parliament and sports and leisure centres around the UK and Brussels. And also the Paralympic Opening Ceremony 2012. 
'I've first seen Caroline Perform was when she was a guest at the Deafinitely Theatre's showcase in 2015. She performed 2 songs and I instantly knew I will do whatever I can to work with her one day. Inviting her to Newcastle is just the first step in our plan to try and  convince to come and work with us more. Luckily, those 2 songs were filmed that day and you can see them HERE. ' Selma Dimitrijevic