This informal talk/workshop with theatre-maker Andy Smith is split into two parts. In the first he will offer reflections on his nearly 20-year practice, covering some foundational principles and concepts. In the second part he will focus on how these ideas appear in the ‘plays for the people’ his latest series of works, the most recent example of which is A CITIZENS’ ASSEMBLY.
There are limited spaces, book your place for Audience, Acting, Activity and Activism with Andy Smith workshop.
About the performer
Andy Smith is an acclaimed theatre-maker based in the North-West of England. His most recent works include the plays The Preston Bill (2015) SUMMIT(2018), as well as the performance work COMMONISM (2018)), a collaboration with the Norwegian artist Amund Sjølie Sveen. Andy has also collaborated with the theatre maker Tim Crouch since 2004, co-directing (along with Karl James) a number of plays including An Oak Tree, The Author and most recently Truth's A Dog Must To Kennel.
For the last six years he has been developing a longer form project called PLAYS FOR THE PEOPLE. Rather than be performed by actors for an audience, these short works are for audiences and groups of people to meet and read together. Each play aims to present ideas, questions and dilemmas around their themes, encourage discussion between participants. The latest and most ambitious of these works is A CITIZENS' ASSEMBLY, which tells a story about a group of people meeting to discuss the climate emergency. Created in collaboration with applied arts practitioner Lynsey O'Sullivan, this is the work which will form the centre of the activity proposed here.