In Spring of 2020 Living Pictures is hosting the rescheduled 3-day workshop with award winning and ground-breaking theatre maker, director and writer Polly Teale.

Applications are now open.



For: Directors and Theatre Makers

DATES: 6th – 8th March 2020 – please note this is a 3-day workshop.
TIMES: 10am – 5:30pm (daily).
VENUE: FH Space, Forrest Hill, London. The venue is fully accessible.
COST: £150 (full price); £125.00 (for previous Living Picture participants, Young Vic Directors Programme and SDUK members); £100 (a limited number of spaces for students / unemployed; proof of eligibility).

Each of us has a unique life experience and history, which we bring with us into the rehearsal room. Participants will explore how their own story impacts the way they relate to others and experience the world.

Through games, drama exercises, art, movement and impro, this workshop encourages playfulness and curiosity, building awareness of both our innate creativity, and the ways we can sabotage ourselves. Learning to recognise, explore and release unhelpful patterns increases creative potential, empowering us to take risks and grow.

We will explore how to use our inner lives as a rich creative resource, how our own conflicts and shadow parts can help us step into another’s shoes, empathise, and deepen character exploration.

We will work with the language of objectives and obstacles to understand how a character's history and psychic wounds create powerful drives and defences. We will explore the tension between what is revealed and what is hidden, accessing our shared experience of universal emotional states to support compassionate exploration of the characters’ internal conflicts. We will work with difference, becoming curious about ourselves and others and how we are shaped by our circumstances and the bigger system.

Coming from this place of shared humanity we will ask ourselves what we want our work to communicate and how we want to create change in the world.

Polly Teale was Artistic Director of touring theatre company Shared Experience, with productions she wrote and directed regularly transferring to the West End and touring internationally. These included the award-winning trilogy: Bronte; Jane Eyre and After Mrs Rochester (winner Best Director Evening Standard Awards, and Time Out Best West End Production). She also wrote and directed Mine, Speechless and Mermaid as well as directing productions at the Royal Court, National Theatre and Young Vic. Her plays continue to be performed nationally and internationally and are available from Nick Hern books. Her work is on the school syllabus.

Polly Teale is trained in arts psychotherapy (MA in Arts Psychotherapy from the Institute for the Arts in Therapy and Education (Distinction). Member of BACP and PAC). She runs workshops with both students and staff in drama schools (Guildhall, Central, East 15, Drama Centre, RADA, BRIT) and runs an arts-based counselling service at The International School of Screen Acting, and the British American Dramatic Academy. She has worked within the NHS with survivors of sexual abuse, as well as with homeless groups, and prisoners. She has a private practice in South East London.


How to apply: Please send your CV and a paragraph of intent (stating why you’d like to take part in this workshop and what you hope to gain from it; this is to help the workshop leader plan) to [email protected]

Places will be offered on a first come first serve basis. If all places are full in the first instance, we'll put you on a waiting list in case any participants drop out nearer the time.

Access needs: if you have any access requirements, please let us know and we will make arrangements to assist.

Securing your place: Once we’ve confirmed your place, we will ask you to make a deposit of £25. This deposit is refundable if you cancel a minimum of 48 hours in advance of the start of the workshop.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me.

We hope you will be able to join us and look forward to seeing you this spring!

Living Pictures Workshop Team: Neil Bull, Elen Bowman and Robbie Bowman.

Living Pictures is a charity and a not-for-profit organisation.