Creating and Performing Gig Theatre
Directing and Developing New Musicals
Setting up a theatre company
Writing your first musical
Creating work based on historical events
Interested in Burnt Lemon running a workshop with you? Ready to ignite the fire? Have a look at the workshops we have to offer below!
‘Gig Theatre’ is an exciting emerging form that combines live music and theatre to tell a story. As an actor, this might mean playing an instrument, performing and singing all at the same time!
Part gig, part theatre, ‘Gig Theatre’ is great at connecting with new audiences who may not engage with traditional forms of theatre.
Our workshop ‘Creating and Performing Gig Theatre’ explores exactly what Gig Theatre is and equips participants with the skill set to begin creating and performing in their own Gig Theatre productions. Participants will have the opportunity to use musical instruments should they play any, but we will also be bringing along a loop pedal set-up and percussion to ensure the workshop is accessible to participants who haven’t played an instrument before.
This workshop runs for a minimum of two hours, but can also be a full-day workshop or a series of workshops that result in a staged production or series of devised scenes.
‘Directing and Developing New Musicals’ explores the role of the director, including the director as a co-creator and dramaturg, when developing new musicals.
From the seed of a first idea up until opening night, the director could be responsible for many different elements including bringing together collaborators, leading the creative vision, facilitating the relationship between other creatives, dramaturg the production and staging the production.
This workshop ensures the director has an overview of everything that may be required of them, equipping them with a practical tool kit to successfully lead a creative and production team when making a new musical.
This workshop runs for a minimum of two hours, but can also be a full-day workshop or a series of workshops that cover each element in a greater depth of detail with guest practitioners visiting and actors available for directors to practise the staging of scenes.
Are you thinking about setting up a theatre company? Got the spark but not sure where to start?
‘Setting Up A Theatre Company’ will equip you with the practical advice you need to set up a company and ensure a smooth day-to-day running. We will share our story, pose questions and exercises, and impart some insights and knowledge from what we’ve learned along the way covering everything from Companies House to Arts Council England, Google Drive to Social Media and Invoices to Tax Returns.
This workshop can run for a minimum of two hours but can be extended to be a full-day workshop or a series of up to three two hour workshops that cover each element in a greater amount of depth, allowing for participants to apply what they have learnt in between each session.
‘Writing Your First Musical’ equips both experienced playwrights and new writers with the toolkit they need to write their first musical.
Together, we will do a deep dive into the world of musicals, dissecting the elements and exploring what personally draws both artists and audiences to the art form. Through a series of practical exercises, we will explore structure, rhythm, lyrics and key components, as well as looking at pitching and working collaboratively with composers and directors.
This workshop can run for a minimum of two hours, but ideally would be a full-day workshop or a series of up to three two hour workshops that cover each element in a greater amount of depth, allowing for participants to apply what they have learnt in between each session.
‘Creating Work based on Historical Events’ will explore how to write a play or musical inspired by a true historical event. Through a series of practical exercises, we will explore how to use research as a stimulus to create work.
Participants will learn how to turn research into a cohesive story and answer the three big ‘what’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions they will need for a pitch. We will also look at how to turn our research into play structures and explore staying truthful to the real-life event whilst allowing space for theatrical licence. We will also use example research and apply practical exercises to help us turn the research into a song or scene.
This workshop can run for a minimum of two hours or can be adapted into a half-day or full-day workshop.