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    Artist Masterclass: Deborah Pugh (Ad Infinitum)

    • 22 Mar
      22 Mar - 22 Mar 2021


    A masterclass with Deborah Pugh from Ad Infinitum

    Devise. Connect. Collaborate.

    Dive headfirst into the professional, playful and collaborative environment of an Ad Infinitum rehearsal room, as Deb Pugh – a core company artist – guides you through the creative devising process behind all of Ad Infinitum’s productions.

    You will learn valuable practical skills to help you develop and realise your own ideas and aspirations using a unique blend of techniques, rooted in the physical pedagogy of Lecoq. Be positively provoked by shifting performance spaces to reach an audience and share experiences together even if we are physically apart.

    Deborah Pugh is a freelance theatre maker & Movement Director who originally trained at École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. A core member of Ad Infinitum, she has been developing and performing original work with them since 2007, most recently in Extraordinary Wall [of Silence] and touring Light and Translunar Paradise internationally.

    As movement director, Deborah has worked on the following productions: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Sheffield Crucible), A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, UK Premiere( Hull Truck), An Adventure (Bush Theatre, London), The Twits (Curve, Leicester and Rose Theatre, Kingston), Spitfire (Lowry Theatre), Declaration (Lowry Theatre), Bassett (Sheffield Crucible) and Kristin Lavransdatter (North Wall).

    Deborah is also a visiting practitioner at a number of drama schools & universities.

    Ad Infinitum is a multi award-winning Bristol-based international theatre company. Founded in 2007, Ad Infinitum is led by Co-Artistic Directors, Nir Paldi and George Mann.

    Ad Infinitum’s whole approach – the subject matter, the way they make work and those they work with – is collaborative, inclusive and enables diverse voices to flourish. Ad Infinitum have been challenging the status quo of the cultural landscape for over 12 years, daring it to embrace difference by demonstrating that collaborative ways of working fundamentally enable a more representative theatre culture to exist.

    Ad Infinitum’s mission is to challenge, move & provoke global audiences by telling stories of those who are marginalised through ethnicity, socio-economic disadvantage, sexuality, gender, disabling barriers, age and mental health, and igniting passionate debate about socio-political injustice.


    Deborah’s masterclass is part of an expanding programme at Tobacco Factory Theatres.

    Our theatre owes so much to freelance and independent artists, who have created almost everything we’ve presented over the last 20 years. These exceptionally talented and professional colleagues have been confronted with huge challenges through Covid-19, whilst on the whole receiving far less support than venues.

    Last year we partnered with The Cube Microplex to distribute hardship grants to local artists with acute financial difficulties, funded by The Gane Trust.

    This year, whilst we continue to work on our long-term survival, we aim to support local artists in new and varied ways.

    The first initiative is our Masterclasses Programme, designed for South West-based professional artists, and led by a range of inspiring practitioners.

    • RUNNING TIMETwo sessions of 2 hours each

    Mon 22 & Mon 29 March 10am – 12pm. Participants attend both sessions.

    Pay What You Choose – pay £3, £5, £12 or £20. Whatever you feel able to spend, session leaders will be fully paid for their work.

    Max 16 participants

    Masterclasses are designed for South-West based professional artists.

    Masterclasses are first available to book for our Artist Members, who receive a priority booking period of 3 days from Tue 16 February.
    It is free to become an Artist Member, and you can do so by emailing an introduction of yourself, where you live and your practice to artists@tobaccofactorytheatres.com

    If you require captioning or BSL interpretation of the sessions, or have any other access needs, please let us know.

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