Donnacadh O'Briain Workshop

Donnacadh O'Briain Workshop

W I L D C A R D in collaboration with The Bunker Theatre present a workshop with Donnacadh O'Briain

In this intensive workshop, Donnacadh will take a small group of actors through a day long rehearsal exercise that he would use early in his rehearsal process. 

Actors will be asked to prepare characters from a play of his choosing.

During the day the actors will work on a number of rehearsal and improvisational techniques, ranging from line-feeding and repetition to spatial relationships and responsiveness; which will be combined to create a structure in which they will do a full no-script on-its-feet run through of the play. 

The day will finish with a Q & A.


Donnacadh O'Briain Bio 

Donnacadh is an Olivier Award winning director specialising in new writing. His productions have played at The Royal Shakespeare Company, in the West End, and internationally.  His acclaimed production of Rotterdam by Jon Brittain won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, it subsequently ran at The Arts Theatre (West End), and will tour the UK in Autumn 2018. He and Jon are developing a new play about Friendship and assisted suicide as well as an adaptation of a novel.

In 2016 he directed Always Orange by Fraser Grace for the RSC, which reopened the famous The Other Place Theatre. His collaborations with actor/writer Bella Heesom include their lauded My World Has Exploded a Little Bit about grief and mortality, and they are currently developing a new piece about sex and the self. He has several other projects in development.

Donnacadh was artistic director of Natural Shocks for whom he created the unique cross art form pop-up theatre PEEP, which featured at the Edinburgh Fringe and Latitude Festival. For NS he also directed productions of Leo Butler’s The Early Bird (Finborough, London & Project, Dublin); Between Life and Nowhere (Theatre Delicatessen), and a revival of his award winning production of Mathematics of the Heart (London’s Theatre 503).
Donnacadh spent three years with the RSC working on ten productions including the multi award-winning Histories Cycle (The Guardian's 'Production of the Decade’). As an Assistant director he worked along side Michael Boyd, Dominic Cooke, Simon McBurney, Greg Doran, Jonathan Mumby, Rebecca Gatward & Alan Stanford. He directs and teaches acting at major drama schools, including RADA, LAMDA, and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.