Wise Children’s Detention: Episode 2

 

The second episode of our podcast, Wise Children’s Detention, is now available on podbean, Itunes and other podcast platforms.

Episode Two is about the School for Wise Children, a training course for alternative, multi-disciplinary theatre makers led by Emma and her collaborators, and about Emma’s desire to make her training truly accessible to all.

In this episode we hear from Emma and co-leader of the School, composer Ian Ross, as they launch the first Module and explore their ideas with 12 wonderful musicians from across the country.

The School for Wise Children’s second Module, An Introduction to Ensemble Theatre, is currently open for applications.

With thanks to everyone who took part in first Module in June 2018, and the Arnolfini Bristol for hosting.

Wise Children’s Detention: our new podcast series

We are excited (and perhaps a little nervous!) to announce that the first episode of our podcast series, Wise Children’s Detention, is now available.

Determined to not only share some of our processes and adventures, but also to document this incredible time, we’ve been busy recording key company moments over the last months.

The first episode is available here and can also be found on Itunes and Google Play.

Episode 1: New Beginnings. Recorded in June 2018 and hosted by Emma, the first episode features key members of the Wise Children team and some rare and exclusive workshop footage from the early stages of the Wise Children creative process.

We’ll be releasing a new episode each week for the next six weeks – so please come back for more. And let us know what you think!

 

The School for Wise Children is back!

Emma Rice’s School for Wise Children

An Introduction to Ensemble Theatre: music, movement and making

Monday 5, Tuesday 6, Thursday 8 and Friday 9 November, 1-4pm each day. Central London venue TBC. £160, with free and discounted places available. 

Emma Rice’s unique blend of stage magic relies on a creative ensemble who use all the tools in their theatrical kit to bring stories to life.

This four-day course offers an introduction to ensemble theatre making with each day focusing on a different aspect of the work. Emma will lead sessions on building an ensemble, Etta Murfitt will explore the language of movement and Ian Ross looks at creating music for theatre.

At the end of the course, Emma will bring the strands together, demonstrating how this toolkit can create surprise and wonder.

This course is perfect for people who love physical, visual storytelling theatre and want a taste of how it’s made. All participants will dance, sing and perform but don’t need any previous experience of performing to take part.

TO APPLY

Please complete the application form.

If you have any questions about applying, you can email us at: office@wisechildren.co.uk

Applications must be received by 5pm Thursday 4 October. Successful applicants will be informed on Tuesday 9 October.

The course is aimed at ages 18+, but younger applicants will be considered.

SUBSIDISED AND DISCOUNTED PLACES

If you receive Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Pension, Credit Guarantee Credit, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Universal Credit, Housing Benefit or support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, you’re eligible for a free place at The School for Wise Children.

As well as a free place, we may also be able to cover travel, accommodation and / or other costs.

Discounted places for current students cost £100.

ABOUT THE MODULE LEADERS

Award-winning choreographer and dancer Etta Murfitt is Wise Children’s Movement Director. Trained at the London Contemporary Dance School, Etta is also the Associate Artistic Director for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and is a founder member of the Company, as well as leading its educational: Re:Bourne. She created roles for Matthew’s Adventures in motion Pictures (AMP) between 1992 and 2002 and became Assistant Artistic Director in 1995. Etta has also worked extensively with Emma Rice, with choreography credits including: Romantic’s Anonymous (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), The Tin Drum (Kneehigh Theatre / UK Tour), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Kneehigh Theatre Co. / Leicester Curve and Gielgud Theatre).

Ian Ross is Wise Children’s Director of Music. Born in Somerset, Ian began his musical life playing in bands in the back of vans and travelling up and down the country and across Europe as trombonist for festival favourites Babyhead and The Zen Hussies. From a degree in Musical Instrument Technology (guitar building and the finer points of the use of paper in European pipe organs), to being lead tutor at Bath Festival Trust’s Creative factory, Ian has a breadth of experience of music and the many ways it has of contributing to the human experience. As a performer and Music Director, Ian has toured extensively for Kneehigh over the last ten years in shows including; The Red ShoesDon JohnThe Wild BrideTristan and Yseult and The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk. As composer: Twelfth Night (The Globe), The Very Old Man with Enormous WingsThe Flying Lovers of Vitebsk (Kneehigh).

Photo: Steve Tanner

 

The Wise Children Club

 

Emma Rice’s vision of Wise Children is of a new kind of theatre company: inclusive, ambitious, passionate and generous.

Over the next four years we are committed to achieving three things:

  1. We will create landmark work with exceptional artists and tour it across the country: challenging outmoded theatre touring models and reinvigorating the UK’s glorious tradition of the travelling players.
  2. We’ll run The School for Wise Children, a training course for alternative, ensemble theatre makers led by Emma and her closest collaborators, and make 50% of places available for free.
  3. We’ll discover the creative spaces of the future, asking what kinds of environments are conducive to art-making, and how a touring company that’s always on the move can travel with the ingredients of creativity.

To make all this possible we’re going to start a grassroots movement of energy and support: the Wise Children Club – a group of champions who believe we can do all this, and can help us on our way. 

Membership of the Club costs anything from £10 a year, for which you’ll get regular email updates from Emma, invites to an annual members-only event with the company, and access to priority ticket booking.

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More importantly, you also get to be part of Wise Children’s mission to transform the world of theatre, making it a fairer, more accessible, more diverse and more joyful place.

Everyone involved with Wise Children – from those treading the boards to the Board themselves – has joined the Club, to show our collective commitment to the Wise Children mission.

To join the Club, and champion the company, you can donate here, giving as much as you feel able to give.

Thank you!

Wise Children tickets on sale now!

We are delighted to announce that tickets for our first show are on sale now.

The Old Vic and Wise Children present

A co-production with Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Oxford Playhouse, York Theatre Royal 

Wise Children

By Angela Carter

Adapted and directed by Emma Rice

Performances at The Old Vic from 8 October – 10 November: Buy Tickets

Performances at Oxford Playhouse from 13 – 17 November: Buy Tickets

Performances at Cambridge Arts Theatre from 20 – 24 November: Buy Tickets

We’re hiring again! Could you be our new Finance Manager?

Wise Children is looking for a Finance Manager to join its small, busy and ambitious team in Bristol. This will be the company’s first Finance position, meaning the new Finance Manager will be responsible for creating the company’s financial systems. They’ll also manage the day-to-day financial administration of the company and support the Executive Team in all aspects of financial management, compliance and reporting.

Wise Children is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes candidates from all backgrounds.

Salary: £32 – 40K, pro rata depending on experience. Hours: 32 hours a week (equivalent to 4 days a week). Based: Bristol

Download the Wise Children Finance Manager Job Pack for a full job description and details of how to apply.

All applications must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 23 May. Successful shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview in Bristol on Tuesday 29 May.

If you would like further information, support with access requirements for application or interview, or have any queries about the post, contact Poppy Keeling, Executive Producer: office@wisechildren.co.uk

Wise Children is open to new and creative ways of working. We encourage applications that suggest flexible, imaginative ways of delivering the role.

Photo: Steve Tanner

School for Wise Children: apply now

 

We are delighted to announce that applications are now open for…

Emma Rice’s School for Wise Children

Module 1: MAKING MUSIC FOR ENSEMBLE THEATRE

Sat 16 and Sun 17, Sat 23 and Sun 24, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 June 2018, 11am – 6pm each day, at Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA.  Places cost £500 (£350 for students), or are available free to applicants in receipt of benefits. More details below. 

Music and sound play a central role in Emma Rice’s work and over the years she has developed a unique approach to creating meaningful and contemporary theatre scores. Music is the heartbeat of her work and in her rehearsal room the line between actor and musician is constantly shifting, with both musicians and actors responding instinctively, imaginatively and equally to the material.

This six-day course is led by Composer, Music Director and long-term collaborator Ian Ross, with Emma Rice and sound designer Simon Baker. The module will look at the skills needed to improvise with actors, create musical arrangements around set themes, and compose at speed. It will also explore the role of the musician on stage – as chorus and as storyteller – asking how we can drive the story forward, or provide focus, or simply know when silence is the best underscore.

TO APPLY

Please make a video of yourself playing and singing your favourite song (singing is desirable but not essential). It could be something you have composed yourself or something you love. Upload this video to Vimeo or YouTube and send the link, along with a brief email outlining your musical experience and why you’d like to take this course, to office@wisechildren.co.uk.

Applications must be received by 5pm Friday 11 May. Successful applicants will be informed Friday 25 May.

Participants should be confident musicians (on any instrument) but no experience of playing for theatre is necessary. There is no requirement to read music. We’ll aim to put together a group with a diverse range of experiences and instruments.

The course is aimed at ages 18+, but younger applicants will be considered.

SUBSIDISED PLACES

If you receive Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Pension, Credit Guarantee Credit, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Universal Credit, Housing Benefit or support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, you’re eligible for a free place at the School for Wise Children. Please note this on your application, and we’ll be in touch to talk more about how we can support you while you train with us. As well as a free place, we may also be able to cover travel, accommodation and / or other costs.

Full price places cost £500, and discounted places for current students are £350.

IAN ROSS

Ian is a multi-instrumentalist, associate artist of Kneehigh, composer and Music Director. Born in Somerset, Ian began his musical life playing in bands in the back of vans and travelling up and down the country and across Europe as trombonist for festival favourites Babyhead and The Zen Hussies. From a degree in Musical Instrument Technology (guitar building and the finer points of the use of paper in European pipe organs), to being lead tutor at Bath Festival Trust’s Creative factory, Ian has a breadth of experience of music and the many ways it has of contributing to the human experience. As a performer and Music Director, Ian has toured extensively for Kneehigh over the last ten years in shows including; The Red ShoesDon John, The Wild BrideTristan and Yseult and The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk. As composer: Twelfth Night (The Globe), The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk (Kneehigh).

Photo: Steve Tanner