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Devising Theatre Exercises with The Wardrobe Ensemble

About The Wardrobe Ensemble:

The Wardrobe Ensemble is a Bristol-based group of theatre artists working together to make and tour new plays. They explore the big ideas of our time through intimate human stories and bold imagery. They consist of nine core members, one producer and a constantly growing community of associate artists and work as a democratic devising ensemble wherein every member contributes to research, writing, structuring and performing of a show, creating a unique shared theatrical language and aesthetic from show to show. We have made a variety of shows for all ages and at the heart of all our work is a desire to tell a compelling story in a visually engaging and inventive way.

Devising Theatre Exercises:

This series of video tutorials from The Wardrobe Ensemble will take you through some of the techniques the company uses to create their shows. These exercises can be used for developing devised theatre with students and young people, and to gain an insight into how the company creates themselves.

Each exercise has been adapted to suit remote and home learning, as well as for use in face to face sessions.


Each exercise can be completed in around 10 minutes.

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Exercise 1: The Opinion Continuum

The Opinion Continuum is an exercise to start off your devising process. It’s a way of stimulating discussion points and reliving into your opinions around themes.

You will need:

  • To pick the theme of your devised piece of theatre
  • A pen and paper

Exercise 2: Freewriting

Freewriting is another introductory exercise to the devising process. The exercise will support you to begin generating some content for your devised piece of theatre.

You will need:

  • A pen and paper
  • Your stimulus (For example an object, image or theme)
  • A timer
The videos for this exercise are split into three separate challenges.

Exercise 2: Using Objects

This exercise allows you to use your own environment to support the devising process. Find creative ways to make theatre with everyday objects.

You will need:

  • A pen and paper
The videos for this exercise are split into two separate challenges.

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