Workshops – new



First workshop charge waived in 2022 for all clubs.  Clubs only need to meet the costs of travel and subsistence.

Limited slots available, early booking essential.

Workshops are delivered by our in house expert, Carole Williams our National Drama Advisor.  She will work closely with you to ensure that the workshop meets your club needs and is always happy to use specific material provided by the club if preferred.  If you aren’t completely sure what you want, please get in touch and she can arrange to call you back for a chat.

In-person workshop charges

A single workshop (up to 3 hours) £50 + travel costs[1]
A full day of workshop activities £75 + travel costs and subsistence
2 days (usually at a weekend) of workshop activities £150 + travel costs and subsistence

[1] For the first introductory workshop booked by a club, travel costs are waived.

Notes on Travel & Subsistence
Travel is based on either mileage from Glasgow at 40p per mile or the actual cost of public transport if that is an option, whichever is cheaper.
For a full day’s workshop this will be travel as above plus lunch.  Where the venue is more than 1 hours’ drive from Glasgow, then a single night’s accommodation is required.
For a two-day workshop, travel plus all meals and one or two nights’ accommodation depending on distance.
Many clubs currently reduce costs by arranging accommodation with a club member and providing food at the workshop. 

If you would like an online workshop, this can be delivered using Zoom.  Workshops can usually be adapted from the list below or tailored to the needs of the group and will generally last up to 2 hours incorporating a break.  These are only available to SCDA clubs and represent excellent value as there is no fixed cost but we recommend a donation of £25 per workshop if possible.

To plan a visit, or discuss your needs, you can contact Carole at

Performance Skills

Can you hear me at the back?

By the end of the workshop, participants will have acquired some easy and quick techniques for warming up the voice and will have started to explore their vocal range.

Capturing the everyday

This workshop introduces a model for creating choreography using everyday movements and gestures rather than dance that can lead to interesting crowd scenes and contemporary chorus.

Say what you mean & mean what you say (ALSO AVAILABLE AS AN ONLINE WORKSHOP)

Working with text, we will look at the importance of understanding what is being said and why.  We will also look at how to add interest and energy to the performance


Just say yes

Improvisation can be a fun and rewarding way to explore characters and situations.  It is particularly useful for exploring character aims and subtext.  Many people find this daunting but it is a great skill to develop This workshop is suitable for actors and directors.

A chorus of approval

Suitable for performers and directors; we will identify the building blocks for creating effective chorus moments that go beyond standard groupings and the dreaded semi-circle lines.

Devising theatre

How do you create something from scratch?  We will explore a range of approaches to working collaboratively without a script.   Although aimed at young people and their adult collaborators, it can easily be adapted for adult groups.


Taking a physical approach, we will explore the most common archetypes found in stories and see how they might be useful for actors and directors in the rehearsal room.

Improvising the Play

We are improvising every day of our lives so we are already experts, but how can we harness this and use it within the rehearsal process to develop characters and subtext? 

Directing Skills

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail (ALSO AVAILABLE AS AN ONLINE WORKSHOP)

You will be introduced to a way of breaking down the play into manageable chunks identifying the key themes and challenges


Having trouble with a particular aspect of your production, or perhaps you just want some outside input? Carole can tailor her visit to your club to meet your particular needs.

Page to stage

Focusing on rehearsal techniques and approaches to working with your cast, this workshop aims to provide different ways of looking at a single piece of text. 

Setting the Scene

Aimed at Directors, we will look at different approaches to early read throughs and work together to explore different approaches to directing a selection of scenes

Directing online (NEW – ONLINE ONLY)

This online workshop will look at the challenges of directing a play online – from the passing of props to creating intimacy within a scene.  Let’s explore this new performing space together through play and experimentation.