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Book Club Overview:

Book Clubs are a great opportunity to inform your process with the ideas of leading theatre practitioners (not plays), gaining a genuine understanding in an unpressurised rehearsal room environment. Book Clubs also provide a forum where the focus is on gaining a shared understanding, rather than talking up your CV.

Book Club consists of 14 directors who have worked as a director or in an associate / assistant role and can demonstrate a commitment to professional theatre directing. Workshops will be held within a safe, supportive environment enabling everyone to gain the confidence to lead a workshop whilst all collectively exploring the approach within the text.

The workshops, spread over a series of six 2-day weekend workshops running daytime between September – July each year, will be practical, peer-led and designed to test the ideas of a book rather than your own practice.

Each Director prepares an agreed section / chapter of the book being studied and leads a session with the group during the two days that tests the ideas in that chapter. Previous books have included: Viewpoints by Anne Bogart, The Science of Acting by Sam Kogan, Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches by Sharrell D. Luckett with Tia M. Shaffer, and The Michael Chekhov Technique by Sinêad Rushe.

The first four books will be programmed, and the group will collectively agree the remaining two books during the course of book club sessions.

On some occasions actors are invited, having learnt a scene from a particular play (these have previously included – The Seagull, Sucker Punch, After Miss Julie).

Book Club format:

6 daytime weekend Book Club sessions running between September – July.


Unfortunately, Living Pictures cannot supply copies of the texts. Participants will be responsible for sourcing.


London Book Club sessions will take place at the Young Vic Theatre, on The Cut, London or on-line due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Midlands Book Club sessions alternate between Derby Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse and Curve Leicester, or on-line due to Covid-19 Restrictions.

Practitioner Post Book Club Workshop Q&A:

It is our hope, where possible, that the authors of the books studied, or experts in the techniques explored, could be invited to a post workshop discussion in person or on-line, where questions can be asked, and any clarification sort. This will be subject to their availability.


If you want to be a part in a Book Club, then please do send an email to Neil Bull, Project Coordinator at Living Pictures: [email protected] and specify London Book Club or Midlands Book Club.

Please send a CV and include a paragraph or two about why being involved in a Book Club appeals to you, and what you hope to get from the experience (max 200 words).

Places are limited.

Expression of interest for Book Club 2020 - 2021 by: TBC

Confirmation of places will be sent by: TBC