Upcoming theater workshops at Leighton Buzzard – could your life experiences inspire a play?
Barrel Organ is proud to present its newest project, Town Squared, as the team encourages people of all ages to sign up for sessions at Pages Park Pavilion every Monday from May 9th to July 11th.
The workshops will cover topics ranging from acting and directing to script writing, set design etc., with the end goal of creating a large stage production or a number of short plays.
Associate director Dan Hutton, 30, said: “We’re a traveling theater company that was started eight years ago and we’ve had a refresh and a rebrand.
“We always work with groups of people and always do things from scratch, allowing people to share their story.”
Dan grew up in Linslade and was an enthusiastic member of the Leighton Buzzard Drama Group, while since working with organizations across the country including the Royal and Derngate and the New Vic Theatre.
Explaining how Town Squared started, Dan said: “This project came about because during the pandemic I wrote a book called Towards a Civic Theatre.
“Theatre is often disconnected from communities, but it needs to be rooted in its spaces, so I thought I’d come up with a project that was really rooted in specific places.
“I want to share this incredible art form with the people of Leighton Buzzard and we would like to inspire people who have never thought of theater to share their story and new ways of doing theatre.”
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The workshops will feature special industry guests and each will have a different theme.
Participants can even suggest story ideas based on their life experiences, and people of all ages can participate (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult).
Dan added: “Theatre is imaginative and done in such a way that it requires an audience to complete it – without it it doesn’t exist.
“It’s about bringing people together and creating a new society in these two hours, with the world thrown back at you.”
Barrel Organ would like to thank all members of the Leighton-Linslade community who have supported the project thus far.
Bursaries are available to cover travel costs if required.