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    Artist Masterclass: Heather Williams

    • 30 Apr
      30 Apr - 30 Apr 2021


    A workshop with Heather Williams

    Has the pandemic left you feeling anxious, overwhelmed and out of control? You are not alone.

    This workshop will give artists an introduction to modern therapeutic, clinically proven techniques and strategies to support individual mental health, all based on the latest neuroscientific research.

    The two hour, one to one, confidential workshop is with actor and director Heather Williams, who is also a Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapist working as Heather Straun.

    It will include:

    • An insight into how the mind works
    • Help for imagining a preferred image for the future and empower you to achieve it
    • A guided relaxation to help your mind relax and process the positive work you do in the session.
    • Guidance towards being back in control and regaining your motivation, confidence and passion for your work.

    Heather Williams has over forty years experience working in theatre as an actor, director, facilitator, trainer, consultant and mentor. In addition she is an accredited Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapist. (www.heatherstraun.co.uk)

    She worked for 13 years at Bristol Old Vic not only as a performer, director and senior manager, but was also responsible for running the Youth Theatre, outreach, lifelong learning and participation work.

    From 2004 to 2018 she was Artistic Director of Myrtle Theatre a company she co-founded, which focused on social concerns and the factors involved in health and wellbeing, working in particular with creatives and communities whose voices are often unheard.

    She last performed at Tobacco Factory Theatres in 2019, as Bottom In A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Dabby in Our Country’s Good.


    Heather’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 TIME2 hours
    • VENUE

    There are a couple of spaces still available with Heather Williams.

    Your individual 2 hour one to one session can take place between 19 March – 30 April 2021. Timings are flexible so will be arranged between yourself and Heather after booking, to best suit you.

    Pay What You Choose – pay £3, £8, £15 or £30. Whatever you feel able to spend, session leaders will be fully paid for their work.

    Masterclasses are designed for South-West based professional artists.

    Masterclasses were first available to book for our Artist Members, who received 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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