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In Person: Consent through Creativity Workshop by Running at Walls Theatre Company

Monday 15 November 2021, 9.30AM

Speaker(s): Natasha Richards and Gemma Connell

An interactive workshop incorporating theatre, dance & other creative methods, questioning & challenging dominant narratives around consent.

About this event

Running At Walls (RAW) Theatre Company specialise in creative approaches to discussing and exploring the topic of consent. Through interactive workshops that include theatre, dance and other creative methods, we encourage participants to question and challenge dominant narratives around consent. We believe consent concerns everyone regardless of sex, gender, sexuality, age, ability or any other identifying factor. We practice empathy and listening through facilitated discussion, enabling our participants to consider real life experiences of consent in a safe environment. We hold the space for participants to make bold creative choices that question injustice in a way that is authentic to them. We are offering two workshops: an in-person workshop on Monday, Nov 15 and an online workshop on Friday, Nov 19. You can register for the online workshop separately via Eventbrite in order to receive the Zoom link.

Full-day in-person consent workshop - Monday 15th November, 10am-4pm

Refreshments (coffee, tea & biscuits) served from 9:30 a.m. in the Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, University of York Campus West.

Our in-person, COVID-safe, workshops address issues of consent in physical environments. We use micro performances to facilitate discussion and will engage participants in creative tasks, but rest assured that no prior experience of dance or theatre is needed to take part. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Please wear comfortable clothing.

There will be a lunch break and individually packed lunches will be provided halfway through the day. Hand sanitisers will be provided but please feel free to bring your own. Wearing face coverings wherever possible is encouraged and appreciated. There is accessible lift and wheelchair access into the venue as well as accessible toilets.

Please note that there will be some photography and video captured of the in-person workshop for RAW's company portfolio. By attending the workshop, you are consenting to RAW using any photographs/video captured during the day.

Maximum participant number will be 30, so please RSVP and, should your plans change and you are no longer able to attend, please cancel your ticket to free up your spot.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Dr. Boriana Alexandrova at

About the organisers

Natasha Richards

Natasha, is a facilitator and theatre maker with 10 years industry experience. She is a 3rd year PhD candidate at The University of Essex, researching applied theatre approaches to Relationships and Sex Education. She has International experience in the USA, Australia and New Zealand, delivering educational theatre workshops and performances with young people.

Gemma Connell

Gemma is a choreographer and former producer with 12 years industry experience. She is a 4th year PhD candidate at The University of Surrey, researching how female choreographers who have experienced gender violence use dance as a therapeutic method for rewriting their own narratives. She has developed a specialism in delivering dance and spoken word workshops with survivors of gender violence, neurodiverse young people, and stroke survivors.


Location: Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building

Email: If you have any questions about this event, please contact Dr. Boriana Alexandrova at