Sat 16 and Sun 17, Sat 23 and Sun 24, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 June 2018,

11am – 6pm each day, at Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA.

Places cost £500, or are available free to applicants in receipt of benefits.

Music and sound play a central role in Emma Rice’s work and over the years she has developed a unique approach to creating meaningful and contemporary theatre scores. Music is the heartbeat of her work and in her rehearsal room the line between actor and musician is constantly shifting, with both musicians and actors responding instinctively, imaginatively and equally to the material.

This six-day course is led by Composer, Music Director and long-term collaborator Ian Ross. There will be contributions from Emma, Sound Designer Simon Baker and other key Wise Children artists as we explore this approach to theatrical music making. The module will look at the skills needed to improvise with actors, create musical arrangements around set themes, and compose at speed. It will also explore the role of the musician on stage – as chorus and as storyteller – asking how we can drive the story forward, or provide focus, or simply know when silence is the best underscore.

To apply:

Please make a video of yourself playing and singing your favourite song (singing is desirable but not essential). It could be something you have composed yourself or something you love. Upload this video to Vimeo or YouTube and send the link, along with a brief email outlining your musical experience and why you’d like to take this course and send it to

Applications must be received by 5pm Friday 11 May. Successful applicants will be informed Friday 25 May.

Participants should be confident musicians (on any instrument) but no experience of playing for theatre is necessary. There is no requirement to read music. We’ll aim to put together a group with a diverse range of experiences and instruments.

Read more details here.