Hello, I am the new Project Manager for Living Pictures Directors Acting, Tom O’Brien. (See Artistic Team page)
Following three successful workshops at the start of the year with directors Lyndsey Turner, Natalie Abrahami and Maria Aberg, Living Pictures will be hosting a two weekend workshop led by trail-blazing director, practitioner and playwright Mike Alfreds.

Mike Alfreds: Laban Efforts and using them in your practice

When: 6th and 7th – 13th and 14th of May
Cost: £300 (N.B £50 discount for previous Living Pictures Workshop Participants)
Where: Pollard Studios, London
Times: 10.30 – 5.00pm
Who for: Actors and Directors
Mike will lead an intensive double weekend on Laban Efforts. The first weekend will be an introduction to the efforts and the second weekend will follow up on how you can apply those efforts to your own work. This workshop would suit directors and actor looking to develop their practice with a deeper understanding of Laban practice.
In​ preparation for the workshop you will need to read Mike Alfreds book: Different Every Night and in particular the chapter on Character.
Born​ in London in 1934, Mike trained in the USA and Israel. He burst onto the scene with Arabian Nights (1975) and Bleak House (1977), the first two productions by Shared Experience, now one of the most successful companies in the UK. At the National he directed Ian McKellen, Sheila Hancock and Roy Kinnear in his own version of The Cherry Orchard (1985). In the 1990s he ran the Cambridge Theatre Company, later renamed Method and Madness.
Ian McKellen has described him as one of the three best directors in the country.


Please send us your CV and a short paragraph detailing your professional interest in the particular workshop(s).
Some places are available for actors on each workshop, but please note that priority will be given to directors.
Workshop places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
As past of our Christmas Sale, we’re offering all three workshops for £250 for the first three applicants and 10% off the total cost for multiple bookings.
[Discounts cannot be used in conjunction with one another]
We ask that a deposit be paid to secure the place on each workshop, with the balance to be paid before its commencement. Participants on multiple workshops are therefore able to stagger payments as necessary.

Please Email Tom on:

The Living Pictures Summer Retreats 2017

This will be taking place again on our piece of land near Carmarthen called Coed Dylan. Again we will be joined by Professor Denise Gabriel, Lilo Baur and Michael Attenborough.

English Language Course to run from 6th to the 20th of June

Welsh Language Course – dates TBD


“Directors Acting is such a valuable resource”

Katie Mitchell OBE

Mike Alfreds

Natalie Abrahami

Maria Aberg

Maria Aberg

Living Pictures has been crucial to my development as a director’

Alex Brown JMK Winner 2013