Club Encore

Club Encore is a friendly theatre group for over 55s who want to engage with theatre more closely. Each session will focus on a different talk, workshop or Q&A session with a range of freelance art practitioners and industry professionals. All are welcome and activities are suitable for everyone. Club Encore meet on the second Tuesday of the month 1:30 – 3:30 with refreshments provided.

All workshop based activities will be fully accessible, but members can elect to observe if they feel more comfortable with this.

Our next season of Club Encore sessions is now in place and available for booking. Session dates can be found below – more information about the content of each session will follow shortly.

If you would like to find out more information about Club Encore, please email participation@nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk or call 0115 947 4361.

Tuesday 14 Jan
Musicals, songwriting and more with Joshua Goodman
Director, Musical director and composer, Joshua Goodman will share stories of his career to date, including work with York Theatre Royal, Chicken Shed Theatre and on several productions in Nottingham and the Midlands. A talented songwriter, Josh will play and share his work and perhaps even give us all some tips on writing our own songs.

Tuesday 11 Feb
How Acting Skills Can Benefit the Day to Day
Led by Playhouse Freelancer Alex Preston, this fascinating session explores how the games, training and techniques actors use in their work have multiple uses outside of the theatre world.

Tuesday 10 Mar
Melissa May Smith is a freelance participation artist at the Nottingham Playhouse, an experienced facilitator/director/actor & the founder of ‘Urban Young Actors’, which she has led for 12 years. Melissa will share some success stories of the young talent she has helped to nurture and will talk about her discoveries working with actors and how the importance of their wellbeing has now led to a new concept of workshops she has formed called ‘Therapeutic Creativity’. During this session, Melissa will explore some of these ideas and share practical exercises that can be used beyond the session to support positive mental health and how we can channel this into creativity.

Tuesday 14 Apr
The Merchant of Venice
Following our co-production of The Merchant of Venice, director and Head of Participation Martin Berry explores the production, and how he approaches Shakespeare’s words, characters and stories.

Tuesday 12 May
Creative Writing
A great session exploring writing and creating a dramatic scenario on the page. Led by Nottingham Playhouse Participation Specialist Natalia Bruce.

Tuesday 9 Jun
Artistic Director Adam Penford
Adam will come and talk about his production of Piaf, and discuss his plans and time so far here at Nottingham Playhouse.

Tuesday 14 Jul
The Nottingham Playhouse Wardrobe Department A unique chance to visit and learn about our wardrobe department. Members of the team will talk through their work and the amazing array of costumes we have in our iconic building.

No meeting in August

Sessions for the Autumn Term will take place on:
8 September
13 October
10 November
8 December