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Free theatre masterclass with Director Alex Byrne, New International Encounter (NIE) supported by Tobacco Factory Theatres


Call out for: Actors / Actor Musicians / Actor Puppeteers / Musicians
New International Encounter (NIE) and Tobacco Factory Theatres are looking for future collaborators for projects.

We are particularly interested to meet more artists from diverse backgrounds.

Free, open access opportunity to work with co-Artistic Director Alex Byrne of NIE during the festive run of Snow White at Tobacco Factory Theatres:

on Friday 17 January 2020

from 1 - 5pm

at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Alex will lead a workshop introducing NIE’s approach to tragic / comic / magical / musical / devised theatre. We will work with improvisation, play and the connection of live music with performance.

This workshop explores the physical preparation of the body for performance through work on pure and expressive movement, and the playfulness of the actors in performance through games and group work.

Artists who play will be invited to bring their instrument as we will work with music as a key and spur for improvisation using musicality and rhythm as tools in performance.

We love to work with artists who:

  • Are from a variety of places / countries / traditions
  • Speak different languages
  • Play music
  • Are interested in devising and being part of making our work
  • Are intelligent and inspiring
  • Are interested in making work for children and families
  • Are great fun to work with and are playful
  • Have just finished training
  • Have loads of experience

Please bring comfortable clothing and a bottle of water.

To reserve your place please send your CV to by the 13 January 2020.

The workshop is offered free of charge - made possible by the support of Tobacco Factory Theatres and NIE.


Alex Byrne is Artistic Director of New International Encounter, as well as directing international touring work for NIE.  Alex trained at Central School of Speech and Drama in London and at Ecole Phillipe Gaulier in London.

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