JMK South West – Upcoming Events

We're delighted to share details of our upcoming free programme at Wiltshire Creative. Please email to sign up for any of the below events.

If you are not already a member of our JMK South West directors' group, please also email to register.

14th February - 2nd March

There's two weeks of incredible South West work on offer and some can be seen while in Salisbury for JMK events. Great opportunity to see what's being made in the region, find out where your work sits and then apply to be part of next year's festival. All info online here and full brochure here

There is also the South West Symposium on Thursday 28th Feb-  a chance to meet other artists and industry professionals and discuss cross art form practice, it's a jam packed day and always a really useful way to make connections. A lot of the Venues South West network and national promoters will be there too.

Friday 1st March, 6.30-9pm
Media Space, Salisbury Arts Centre
with Tanuja Amarasuriya

Noise vs Space: ways to think about, talk about and work with sound as a director

Sound and music can be powerful storytelling tools, but they can be tricky to talk about and conventional theatre processes often leave little time for integrating sound in anything other than a supporting role. This discursive workshop will look at approaches to using sound dramaturgically and tips for collaborating with sound designers.

Tanuja Amarasuriya is a Director, Dramaturg and Sound Designer who works across theatre, film and digital sound. As a Director and Dramaturg, she has worked with playwrights and theatremakers including Improbable, Eno Mfon, Timothy X Atack, Dipika Guha, Sam Halmarack and Raucous. As a Sound Designer her work includes with Selina Thompson, Chris Thorpe & Rachel Chavkin, and forthcoming work by Inua Ellams. She is a resident at Watershed's Pervasive Media Studio, a Leverhulme Arts Scholar attached to Bristol Old Vic, and co-Artistic Director of Sleepdogs, a wide-ranging collaboration with writer/composer Timothy X Atack. Sleepdogs' work has been developed and presented nationally and internationally, including at: the National Theatre (London), Bristol Old Vic, Seattle International Film Festival, Manchester Royal Exchange, New Wolsey (Ipswich), Brighton Festival, NexT International Film Festival (Bucharest), BIOS (Athens) and Sura Medura (Sri Lanka).

Saturday 2nd March, 11am
Salisbury Arts Centre

Director’s Brunch

A chance to meet with Jo Newman, Associate Director at Wiltshire Creative and Nik Partridge, JMK Director Practitioner, as well as connect with other local and regionally based directors in an informal setting. Tea and coffee will be provided.

From 12pm onwards there is a chance to catch live music and performance at Salisbury Arts Centre as part of Fest West including Jo Bannon's Exposure

Saturday 2nd March, 2-5pm
White Room at Salisbury Arts Centre

Staging Memory with Melly Still

This workshop will explore the process of adaptation and staging a 'whodunnit'.

Melly Still is a director, designer and choreographer. Her recent directing credits include The Lovely Bones (Birmingham Rep, Royal & Derngate and Northern Stage co-production in association with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse); My Brilliant Friend (Rose Theatre Kingston) and Cymbeline (RSC).

There’s also a ticket offer for The Mirror Crack’d directed by Melly Still at Salisbury Playhouse for 2nd March 7.30pm. Tickets are availble at £9. Please email to reserve your ticket as soon as possible.

Wednesday 3rd April
Main stage at Salisbury Playhouse

Invitation to sit in on tech and dress rehearsal for Handbagged. 
Times tbc
Directed by Jo Newman, this is an opportunity to sit in and observe the process as a show moves from tech to final dress rehearsal. Final timings will be confirmed with participants upon signing up, but they should expect this to be a full day of observation.

Saturday 27th April, Wiltshire Creative, 4-6pm 
Rehearsal Room, Salisbury Playhouse
Making your own theatre - Producing Workshop - Lizzie Stables

As artists, we often hear that the best thing we can do is to make our own work. The question is how, and where do you start? In this two-hour workshop, we will explore ways to approach getting projects off the ground - looking at the process of creating a show from the seed of an idea through to production.

Lizzie Stables is an actress, theatre producer and Artistic Director of Folio Theatre Company, which she formed in 2015 in order to create and produce new plays for touring. Folio's debut show, Unearthed, received critical acclaim and was subsequently listed in The Guardian as one of their readers' favourite stage shows of 2015. Folio's next production, The Edit, will tour in Spring 2019 in association with Wiltshire Creative, premiering at Salisbury Playhouse's Salberg Theatre. @lizzie_js / @foliotheatre /

To reserve your free place for any of these workshops, please email