The Ensemble Laboratory
2010-11 Host: The Actors Centre, Covent Garden
2011-2012 Host: People At Play
2013 – 2014 Host: Edric Theatre, London South Bank University
Our Ensemble Lab has provided time and space each weekend for up to 20 members a week to train, experiment and develop skills together as an ensemble. The ensemble produce low tech, low budget gig-style theatre in various spaces; from contemporary performance to classic plays. The first production is The Love of The Nightingale by Timberlake Wertenbaker. Unlike Rough Fiction’s other productions, this has been an voluntary ensemble for those who wish to benefit from ongoing collaboration and workshop sessions therefore provide training and skills development free to all participants.
The aim has been to nurture a mutual understanding and shared history of work together, developing a common language emphasising a balance between text, movement and musicality in performance. We regularly receive guest practitioners and directors to run sessions or workshops on various plays. We believe that cultivating mutual training and an ongoing dialogue between performers is essential to creating truly great ensemble theatre.
Weekly sessions finished in 2014 and the ensemble now exists as a community of actors who we hope will continue to work with Rough Fiction on many more projects and training work into the future.