This 11-week course will cover the foundations in theatre making practice. Each term is led by a new artist who will share their practice and support you to develop your own toolkit of theatre making skills. This course will be run by director/theatre maker Hamish Pirie.

What’s Mine Is Yours. Pirates and piracy. Now and then.

Over the course of 11 weeks, we will create a piece of theatre together by using other people’s words about people who use other people’s stuff. Each workshop will explore different theatre skills and techniques including verbatim and lip-sync. All of these explorations will come together to create a piece of theatre. Exactly what we create is up to us. You and me.

As always, spaces are limited, but a waiting list will be offered once all places have been booked. Please only book if you can commit to the entire term – to ensure everyone gets the most out of the course, we’re tightening up on our approach to lateness and absences from now on.

Please note:

  • The term will start with an introductory session on Thursday 25 January 2024, which you must be able to attend in order to take part in the course
  • You can either sign up for Citz Writers or Citz Theatre Makers but won’t be able to take part in both at the same time

As always, the space will be open for one hour before the session starts.

About Hamish Pirie

Hamish was an Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre 2014 – 2023 and the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh 2011 – 2014.

He has spent 20 years making, developing and programming new work, mostly working with writers in theatres and community settings.

He is interested in a theatre where anything is possible if it tells the story, like translating code on stage using dance, staging a Bollywood concert in a town hall fountain, a singing peace wall for Ireland’s National Theatre or an escapologist in a shed in a park.

His work includes: Imposter 22, Living Archive LIVE, Rare Earth Mettle, Living Newspaper, Listen Local (Waltham Forest), Instructions for Correct Assembly, Goats, Beyond the Court: Tottenham, Primetime 2017, Human Animals, Violence & Son, Who Cares, Teh Internet is Serious Business (Royal Court); Shibboleth (Abbey, Dublin); I’m with the Band (Traverse & Wales Millennium Centre), Quiz Show, Demos, 50 Plays for Edinburgh (Traverse); Love With a Capital ‘L’, 3 Seconds, Most Favoured, The Last Bloom (Traverse/Òran Mór); Bravo Figaro (Royal Opera House/Traverse); Salt Root & Roe (Donmar/Trafalgar Studios); Stacy (Arcola & Trafalgar Studios), Purgatory (Arcola); Pennies (nabokov); Paper House (Flight 5065).

Hamish trained as Resident Assistant Director at Paines Plough & at the Donmar Warehouse.