Online course: from creative writing to performance

VocalEyes is delighted to launch a course in creative writing and performance. In a series of workshops led by Alyson Woodhouse and Elizabeth Roney over six weeks, participants will learn the basic skills to start writing their own creative pieces and perform them.

Have fun and learn some new things at these beginner’s level workshops. Please don’t feel that you have to come with lots of experience in your back pocket: we want to encourage people to join in and experience what it’s like to create your own writing through to performance.

The course will be in 6 x workshop sessions, each 3 hours long, on Friday 3rd, 10th and 17th December 2021 and the 7th, 14th and 21st January 2022. All sessions 10am – 1pm.

Where: Zoom

Cost: £72+VAT (£86.40) for the full course of 6 sessions, payable in total in advance to VocalEyes.

There will be a limit of 12 participants in total. Priority for places will be given to blind and visually impaired participants.

Register today to secure your place on this exciting course (via TicketTailor)

About the workshops

Each workshop will be in two parts, firstly led by a visually impaired writer who will facilitate the group towards creating a piece of writing that they can also work towards performing. The second part of each workshop will then be led by a professional visually impaired actor who will guide participants through exercises and games that will enable people to perform their own creative writing pieces. The workshops will culminate on the last session in a sharing of each other’s work. You do not have to perform your work; you can simply observe and enjoy. Please wear comfortable clothing and ideally be in a safe space with room to move around if you are able to. The workshops will still be accessible if you do not have space to move around in.

About the workshop facilitators

Alyson Woodhouse

Alyson Woodhouse is a blind writer, freelance director, dramaturg and creative writing workshop facilitator with a particular interest and experience in creating theatre productions which include accessible elements such as Audio Description and BSL as part of the artistic vision for a piece. Her work as a dramaturg has led her to collaborate with writers at the Research and Development Stage of new plays, and adaptations of classic texts. She also provides written advice to writers on their work, and has conducted workshops on storytelling, character development, and writing monologues.

In these workshops she will aid the participants in experimenting with writing across different styles and genres, to discuss the main archetypal story plots and their variations, and to consider possible methods of including accessibility into the main narrative of a text. Collaborating with Elizabeth Roney for participants to follow a journey from writing to performance.

Elizabeth Roney

Elizabeth Roney is a Director of Engage2Stage, an organisation that works alongside partially sighted and blind people using creative platforms for personal development. Designing and delivering projects in areas such as Shakespeare for performance, Clowning and finding character through movement, Elizabeth has also directed and produced films for the Manchester International Festival, looking at the experiences of visually impaired people through a creative lens. She is an actor – with both film and stage credits under her belt – and a professional storyteller. She delivers courses on storytelling to visually impaired charities such as RNIB, Galloways and The Blind Veterans. A recipient of the 2019 Excellence in Arts and Media award from the RNIB, she is passionate about visually impaired people having access to the arts in not only a fully accessible way but more that the playing field for experiencing the arts is equalled.

She will be working alongside Alyson on these workshops so that participants find the character and performance for their own piece of writing.

Book online via Ticket Tailor (PayPal or credit card via Stripe)

Email Jess Beal, Marketing and Audience Manager if you have any questions about the course.