2018 CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

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Alia Bano – ‘Making Waves in Ethnic Writing’
Alia Bano is a playwright and teacher. She won the Charles Wintour Award in 2009 for 
Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Awards for her play SHADES, which ran at the Royal Court that year, directed by Nina Raine. She also won the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award 2009 for Most Promising Playwright. Since then she has written for the Royal National Theatre, Soho Theatre, Bush Theatre, Theatre503, CBBC, and Channel 4. Alia leads workshops for young people 
as part of the NT New Views playwriting programme.

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Graeae – ‘Reimagining Inclusive Practices’
Entitled ‘Reimagining Inclusive Practices’ this workshop, led by Graeae’s Creative Learning Team, will explore how we unlock our inner artist and how creative access approaches can be embedded 
to ensure equal participation, plus tools for embracing young voices.
Graeae is a force for change in world-class theatre, boldly placing D-deaf and disabled actors centre stage and challenging preconceptions with their diverse, high impact theatre driven by the pursuit of inclusion and artistic curiosity. They are pioneers of a radical dramatic language exploring the “aesthetics of access”, creatively embedding a range of tools such as audio description and 
sign language from the very beginning of the artistic process. Graeae has over 35 years’ experience 
of working with D/deaf and disabled children and young people.

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Kneehigh – ‘Multi-Disciplinary Storytelling’
Kneehigh are a Cornwall based theatre company with a local, national and international profile, and are celebrated as one of Britain’s most exciting touring theatre companies. They create vigorous, popular theatre for a broad spectrum of audiences, performed with joyful anarchy. They work with an ever-changing ensemble of performers, artists, administrators, makers and musicians, and are famed for their multi-disciplined creative process. They use a wide range of art forms and media as their ‘tool kit' to make new and accessible forms of theatre. A spontaneous sense of risk and adventure produces extraordinary dramatic results. Alongside national and international touring, they run the ‘Kneehigh Rambles’, aiming to engage creatively with communities in Cornwall and beyond through event and adventure.

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Milk Presents – ‘Exploring Gender and Identity Through Drama’
Milk Presents enable people to queer their world through irreverent performances which disrupt and celebrate gender and identity. Their work is gutsy, poignant and alive. Established in 2010, 
Milk Presents have made five professional productions to date; Bluebeard: A Fairytale for Adults (2011) explored our western obsession with a ‘happy ever after’, A Real Man’s Guide to Sainthood (2013) looked at modern masculinity and depression and Milk Presents: Self Service (2014) playfully unpicked queer politics. Their current shows are JOAN (winner of Scotsman Fringe First, Stage and Spirit of the Fringe Awards) a drag king play about Joan of Arc and BULLISH (CPT & Jerwood Home Run Commission) explores non-binary and trans identities through Greek mythology. 
Milk Presents are an associate company of The Bush Theatre & Derby Theatre and are led by 
Artistic Director Lucy J Skilbeck (Genesis Director, Young Vic).

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Sarah Redmond – 'Finding Your Voice'
This workshop will focus on how to support pupils in finding and using their voices. It will also provide teachers with the skills to maintain their own voices through voice preservation techniques, “working the room”, aiding vocal longevity and preventing stress from affecting tone and quality.
 Sarah is a professional actress, voice-over artist and creative practitioner. She has appeared in productions in the West End, at the Donmar Warehouse, RSC, Birmingham Rep, West Yorkshire Playhouse, amongst many others, performing in plays, musical theatre and opera. Sarah has extensive television experience (including BBC, BBC3, Channel 5) and can be seen in various adverts. 
Sarah has regularly appeared in concert and cabaret over the past 20 years, and has appeared all over the world.

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Vikki Stone – 'Comedy in the Classroom'
For this workshop, join Vikki in exploring how to develop original writing and 
comedy improvisation with your pupils.
Heralded as “the b****** love child of Victoria Wood and Tim Minchin” by The Scotsman, Vikki is best known for her original comedy songs, but is also an actress, musician and composer. She has appeared on many TV and Radio shows, including: The John Bishop Show, BBC One;
The Now Show, BBC Radio 4; This Morning, ITV; That Sunday Night Show, ITV; I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here....Now, ITV 2; and many others. She is the current presenter of the 
BBC Proms Podcast and she presented the WhatsOnStage Awards in 2017 & 2018. 
Vikki recently collaborated with Wells Cathedral School to create a Concerto for Comedian and Orchestra with the pupils.