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The Challenges of Devising with James Yarker (Stan’s Cafe)

“The only technique we will address is one of thinking, but don’t leave your bodies at home because there will be the chance to ‘do something’. Mixing discussion of the challenges we all face when devising with some practical responses, we’ll also share our tricks, discoveries and blind spots. Whilst responding to what people feel they need, the session will inevitably return to my own obsession: how form dances with content to make theatre the thing I love.”

James co-founded Stan’s Cafe in 1991. Performed around the world, he has directed all the company’s major productions, each taking a wide range of radical forms. In 2012 James ran week-long devising workshops for theatre makers in Calgary and Tokyo.

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