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Directing Performance
29th August – 6th September 2023
(including arrival and departure dates)

Residential course. Maximum Participants: 10

Participants will learn how to direct actors by giving them creative freedom within a clear structure, guiding them to create their best work.

Freelance & Students: Workshop fee 400€
Accommodation and all meals 180€

Organisations & funded: Workshop fee 600€
Accommodation and all meals 180€

Bursaries available for people from underrepresented groups including those from a lower social-economic background. Please contact us.

Reserve your place securely with a 80€ deposit  (fill in the blue box on the right and follow the steps, it’s simple) >>>>>>>>>


This workshop is for directors, actors, drama students, drama teachers and writers who want develop their directing skills professionally for theatre or film.

You as a director will develop your own approach to creating drama or comedy, confidently guided by intuition and imagination but always within a solid structure.
This unique workshop offers a ‘hands on’ practical experience where directors get to work on set with actors and new writing.

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Read a participant’s review here!

  1. Learn how to devise scenes.
  2. Learn how to work up scripts.
  3. Learn how to recognise good writing and develop it.
  4. Experience what it is like to be directed so you get a clear understanding of what actors need.
  5. Get a practical, hands on experience of the ‘Creative Triangle’: Writing, Acting, Directing.
  6. Understand the essentials of teamwork.

‘You have to do it, it’s brilliant, if you are interested in it at all go and do it because it is definitely worth it’ Phoebe Butcher, UK.

‘My experience has been nothing short of amazing’ Razif Hashim, Malasia.

‘I will take a lot from this workshop back to Edinburgh, and as with last year I know a lot will stay with me and help me along my journey’  Gabriel, Scotland

‘An intensive learning experience…You make The Actors Space an unforgettable journey…Thanks for making it all possible!’  Maria José , Spain

‘I have challenged myself and been rewarded with amazing performances by the tools you have guided us with…’ Alice, UK

‘…I was really afraid before coming and you’ve made things really easy. You are very inspiring people. Thank you and hope to see you soon’  Gisela, Barcelona


Directors need to create a space and inspire an atmosphere where creative risks can be taken, without fear of failure and where effort and achievement can be recognised.

What is the role of a director?

  • Identify Dramatic motors / Dramatic situations.
  • Devise.
  • Work with scripts – understand about text and subtext.
  • Discover The ‘game’ and the ‘gap’.
  • Work with Conscious vs Unconscious – Characters motivation.
  • Direct the scene and the ‘unseen’.
  • Write and direct writing.
  • Teamwork – ‘team works’!

In this workshop we cover the fundamentals of theatre and film directing.


‘What is there to say? These past three weeks have been some of the best of my life. I will cherish the memories I have of this place and apply the things I have learned for the rest of my life. And what lessons… every day of this Directing course I had breakthrough after breakthrough, revelation after revelation. I feel like I’ve completely changed. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I hope to return someday, hopefully next year!  Liam, Ireland

‘Words fail me now, it has been for me a life changing experience, Thank you!  Adrian, Barcelona

‘Started out confused and ended up alive’  Cyan, Ireland

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