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Slot Machine’s Educational Work

Since forming in 2006, we have been developing our work with students and young people – our two latest shows, Your Toys and Kipper’s Snowy Day, used extensive workshops and R&D with 5-9 year olds as either starting points or ways to generate ideas for the final shows.

Increasingly we are using workshops as a way of engaging with new audiences and including their ideas in our work, from music and text to design and sound.

We run schools workshops – many of which are free or subsidised – in a wide variety of subjects. These can be tailored to specific schools or topics.

We work with all age groups, from 4 and upwards right up to GCSE, AS, A2 and degree level.

We also work regularly in a mentoring role with emerging artists and practitioners.

Our experience covers everything from being company in residence for a short period at a school in London, to workshops for year-groups, open rehearsals for invited students in order for them to give us their views of our work, and providing feedback on AS and A-level devised pieces.

Workshops can be tied in to a performance, or standalone.

Some of the subjects we’ve given workshops on in the past include: devising, comedy, physical theatre, working with text, starting points, developing material, narrative structure, creating soundscapes, music in theatre, movement and choreography.

Our Approach

We have a great deal to share as a company, but we also value very highly the opinions and input of the students we meet.

We regard our educational work as a conversation with students rather than simply a process of passing on information.

We recognise that some of the young people we work with will go on to be creators of work in the future, and we often find ourselves inspired by the ideas they come up with.

We look forward to meeting you all, and beginning the conversation.

Our Experience

Over the last 20 years, Slot Machine have taught hundreds of workshops in a wide variety of theatre-related subjects all over the world.

We have created theatre-based and site-specific work, for The Kosh, LIFT, the RSC, The National Theatre, The Young Vic, the Globe, and the People Show.

Slot Machine Theatre were invited to give a series of masterclasses at the National Student Drama Festival in 2009, and ran a workshop-swap with members of the National Youth Arts Network in 2008.

We also helped create and run The People Show’s summer school for emerging artists in 2010.

If you would like to know more about our educational work: Email bridget@larkingarts.org.uk

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