The Playhouse presents CreatEVE House Masterclasses Women in Creative Industries Monday 7th March 2016 to Friday 18th March 2016

Masterclasses with established females in the creative industries including Theatre Directors, Writers, journalists, publishers and bloggers, Theatre Technicians, Filmmakers, Visual Artists, and women from Digital Technologies.

Prefect for...

...Writers, journalists, publishers and bloggers

Thursday 10th March, 6pm- 7.30pm

Join the editorial team of Liverpool based feminist ezine Queen of the Track

Flis Mitchell is an artist and project maker based in North Liverpool, in 2009 she co-founded the Liverpool Roller Birds and in 2012 co-directed Liverpool's first commercial art fair CAVE. She co-founded Queen of the Track in 2012. Flis has worked extensively in participation and project management. Flis's art practice is primarily drawing research, focusing on the parameters of contemporary drawing.

Hannah Bitowski is an Artist based in the Royal Standard, Liverpool. Hannah works as part of creative collaborative duo, Faux Queens, with Amy Ryan Brew, regularly using performance and costume to address ideas around the theatre of gender. Hannah is a co-founder and co-editor of Queen of the Track, a self-published feminist zine and webzine.

Stephanie Gavan is a visual artist and writer based in Liverpool, working across text, sound, moving image and sculpture. She graduated from Goldsmiths College, London in 2014 where she studied Fine Art and History of Art. Since returning to Liverpool she has undergone training with Liverpool Biennial as well as joining the Queen of the Track team as Co-Editor.

Queen of the Track is a zine and digital platform for self-identified women run by a tiny team of feminists and friends based in Liverpool, UK. It is a new zine for women run by a tiny team of feminists, artists, writers, gamers and wig wearers, with a pet hyena (imagined) too much eyeliner and a tendency towards sexually aggressive dancing.

Aimed at creative and thinking women, Queen of the Track offers energetic articles and perceptive polemic from varied writers; we include dynamic fashion and use make-up as dramatic theatrical fun; tackle issues of gender politics, history, literature and encourage insightful social debate.

Without taking it's self too seriously Queen of the Track offers a much needed alternative to traditional magazine offerings for women; ambitious and funny, Queen of the Track is vogue on crack.

CLICK HERE to book your free place.


...Technicians, musicians, sound artists

Friday 11th March, 1pm- 2.30pm

Charlene Hegarty- Smalltown America Music
Charlene Hegarty began her career in Publicity and Tour Management, working campaigns for Tom Waits (Epitaph), Presidents of the United States of America (Columbia), Devotchka (Anti) and Fighting With Wire (Atlantic). In 2010, she joined DIY label Smalltown America heading up all label management operations. In 2011 she established Smalltown America Music - a dynamic full service publishing company representing song writing talent across rock, acoustic and electronic genres. Smalltown America Music now represents over 24 international talents and has secured global brand clients including Toyota, Vodafone, O2, Icon Films & Nickelodeon.

CLICK HERE to book your free place.



...Filmmakers, photographers, producers, scriptwriters

Saturday 12th March, 12noon- 1.30pm

Catherine Ross has 15 years experience producing award-winning factual content for people like the BBC (she was a producer on Blue Peter!) She is chief operations officer of Makematic, a new curated space which provides creative classes for young digital makers worldwide. @kitross @MakeMatic

Christine Pancott has a BAFTA for best sound on a documentary (Blues and Twos). Starting in film cutting rooms she has spent the last 30 years storytelling through editing with her forte being documentary series, covering everything from The History of Cancer to Trawlermen to Joanna Lumley's Nile. She has also cut for award winning director Richard Parry on 2 of his feature films - South West 9 and A Night in the Woods.

CLICK HERE to book your free place.



... Designers,Visual Artists, Creative Engineers

Introduction to Digital Fabrication

FabLab Nerve Centre, Monday 14th March, 10am-4pm

Have you ever wanted to see a 3d Printer in action? Or curious about what you could make using a Laser Cutter?

Intro to Digital Fabrication at FabLab Nerve Centre will give participants a chance to get hands on with all sorts of digitally controlled fabrication machinery. So, if you are interested in design or making things, or just curious about the possibilities of expanding your creative output through using digital fabrication technologies come along and get involved.

A Fab Lab is a technical prototyping platform for innovation and invention, providing stimulus for local entrepreneurship. A Fab Lab is also a platform for learning: a place to play, create, mentor, and invent. Our Lab offers the latest in digital fabrication equipment, including Laser Cutters, 3D Printers and CNC Routers, coupled with a friendly atmosphere where like-minded people can build, code, solder, design and engineer pretty much anything they can think of. And we have highly trained staff on hand to help you with your project, whether it be something for your home or a brand new product you want to prototype.

12 participants max

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....Theatre directors, Stage mangers, production managers, technicians and actors

Thursday 17th & Friday 18th March, 3pm- 7pm

Staged Craic- You're such a drama
Whats the craic with the stage? Aimed at the ambitious and theatrical, this intensive masterclass with The Playhouse production team will throw participants into the belly of a Playhouse Production.

Bag for life is a Playhouse legacy commission written by Colin Bateman.
"What are we to make of the men of violence whose time has been and gone, and who have settled into both civil and civilian life? Is there any reason at all to suppose that their capacity for murder has somehow drained away, or will it always be there, like a lining of grease and fat lurking in their mental plumbing?"
Award winning novelist and screenwriter Colin Batemans second stage play asks the question, can forgiveness overcome the want for revenge in 21st century Northern Ireland?
Commissioned as a legacy project for Derry Londonderry's 2013 UK City of Culture, this powerful and captivating play is laced with the blackest of humour, and received a hugely successful script in hand reading at the Open House Festival in Bangor, 2015. This world premiere will run at the Playhouse from Tuesday 5th to Saturday 9th April 2016.

While work on this major 2016 production continues, participants can spend two special theatrical days on set with

Kieran Griffiths is a director and Playhouse Producer. He also has an extensive performance C.V. Kieran joined our team at the Playhouse as Creative Producer and in house Director for the City of Culture year working on 13 critically acclaimed productions in 2013 alone, seven as producer and six as Director. He has since went on to implement the Playhouse legacy strategy creating new work and touring important theatre around the island of Ireland. He also works as a freelance Director having directed and produced 4 musicals in the last 18 months for the Grand Opera House. 2016 sees him write, produce and direct a musical evening on the life of Doris Day, direct Colin Bateman's bag for life, High Society and Witches of Eastwick for the Grand Opera House and launch the P.L.A.Y (Playhouse Learning Academy for Youth) department of the Playhouse whose first production will be ‘The Worthless Soldier'. Finally, to close out the year we will see him direct ‘The Bog Couple' by Liam Cunningham which is a Derry take on the Odd Couple.

J.P. Conaghan, from Derry, is The Playhouse Theatre Technician. He is the artistic director of Fahy Productions in which he previously wrote and directed ‘Solicitors' (2010) ‘Politics for Arts Sake' (2010) ‘Rob 'O Rae' (2007) and ‘The Last Round' (2006). He adapted ‘Heroes with their Hands in the Air' in 2012 (Fahy Productions) and directed ‘All There Is'. He comes from a background in set construction and management before his degree he worked with small theatre companies in the northwest building props and scenery. He has been production manager for several Playhouse productions including ‘Over The Wire', ‘Re-Energize', ‘Walking to the Ark' and most recently ‘An Evening with Doris Day and Gordon MacRae'.

CLICK HERE to book your free place.




These masterclasses are presented as part of a week of workshops, an exhibition, a major conference and other events on the theme of Women In The Creative Industries- promising a week of inspiring debate, conversation and creativity.

All events will be free, open to all and have focused discussions on various areas of creative work and have contributors from various fields, men and women.

Other events include

• Conference Friday 11th March 9am- 5pm A one day conference, tying in with International Women's Day, exploring the role of women in the creative industries, in line with Derry and Northern Ireland's aspirations to grow the creative industries. Panel discussions will explore, across four panels on the day, the creative industries as a whole, changes within it, the divide between ‘art' and ‘industry', the mingling of story, design, and technology and the impact this growing industry is having on women and their creativity. CLICK HERE to book your free place.

• Meet & Greet Networking Event Friday 11th March 5pm- 7pm An event where creative industries employers, artists, funders, educators, support organisations, marketers and investors and meet and network with the aim of developing opportunities for all participants. Includes information points from Theatre NI, Audiences NI etc.

• An Exhibition Monday 7th- Friday 11th March in our gallery space comprising of pieces of work from women in various different creative industries. CLICK HERE for more information.

A Playhouse Programme funded by:


Free. All are welcome. Booking is essential

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