The ARDENT8 project offers 10 workshops led by industry professionals.

The first block of 5 workshops wider delivered by guest directors Caroline Byrne, Caitriona McLaughlin, Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway, Sean Holmes and Daphna Attias. These workshops covered monologue work from established texts, working on scenes from new writing, improvisation and devising, and an opportunity to write and direct their own short scenes.

The second block of 5 workshops began on Thursday 15th February 2018 with a workshops led by:

  • Casting Director Ben Cogan.
  • Director Sue Dunderdale.
  • Director, actor and founder of Actor Awareness Tom Stocks.
  • Artistic Director of award winning Offstage Theatre and a freelance director, Cressida Brown.
  • Theatre, film and television director, Sophie Lifschutz.

“A wealth of knowledge, both technique in performance and of a wider industry context has been offered up to me and a passion for performing I had thought may be dead is now well and truly alive.”

“I learned to be confident in my belief that I am an artist.

“Dusting the cobwebs off and getting stuck back into performing. It reminded me why I do want to do this.”



The Ernest Cook Trust
Foyle Foundation
The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund
The Mercers’ Company