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Find out more out the professional industry practitioners joining Award-winning DEADMAN at Quay Arts for a series of insightful workshops designed to amplify your theatrical talent.

We are excited to offer a programme of 4 subsidised, day-long participatory workshops, which explore Acting, Directing, Writing and Production across four dates in February. Please click here to find out more about the programme. Devised by DEADMAN film and theatre company, these workshops are for 18-30 year olds and will be delivered by active, industry professionals, providing practical and insightful insider knowledge.

Start your Own Theatre Company Programme Lead: Samuel Bossman

Artistic Director of DEADMAN Samuel Bossman has led masterclass workshops for National Youth Theatre in creating your own work and for The Children’s Society, working with their vulnerable young people. Their most recent production of The Freshwater Five will tour again in Spring 2024. With a new production supported by MAST Mayflower Studios beginning this year. DEADMAN is an Isle of Wight company who produce award-winning work in film and theatre, specialising in supporting new work and talent from underrepresented areas.

Acting Workshop Lead Practitioner: Jessica Rhodes

Jessica most recently starred as Miranda in the RSC’s upcoming production of The Tempest, directed by Elizabeth Freestone. After graduating from RADA, Jessica received critical acclaim for her professional debut in The Sugar Syndrome at Orange Tree Theatre. She won the Off-West End Offie Award 2021 for Lead Performance in a Play and was nominated for The Stage Debut Award 2020 for the Best Performer in a Play. Jessica’s recent stagework includes a starring role in Doubt at Chichester Festival Theatre, directed by Lia Williams. She can currently be seen as ‘Laura Stone’ in the TV series Finders Keepers for Channel 5.

Directing Workshop Lead Practitioner: Becks Granger

Becks Granger is a Southampton based creative who finds joy in the magic of theatre. They make work fizzing with energy, ensemble and spark. They have extensive directing and drama facilitation experience globally, including the UK, Switzerland and USA. They are currently working on Animal Farm with the Lichfield Young Company, as well as collaborating with One Day Creative as a workshop leader. They are currently producing the sold out run of How you Died with Dark Skies Ensemble at Old Red Lion Theatre, having previously co produced the UK tour of Trio of Tennessee Williams with Fox and Hound Theatre Company. They directed The Freshwater Five for the 2023 coastal communities tour and for the 2024 House-supported tour.

Production Workshop Lead Practitioner: Jack Hathaway

Jack Studied Production Electrics at Royal Central School of speech and Drama. After graduating, Jack worked as a Production Electrician for a number of London venues including the Young Vic, Hampstead Theatre and Wilton’s Music Hall. Shortly after, he started to work as an Associate LD and Relighter for companies such as the Royal Court, Northern Stage and Isango Ensemble. Jack now works in a range of fields from Opera to Site specific events in the UK and beyond. Credits include: Sometimes (Sadlers Wells & Touring) Romeo & Juliet (New Wolsey) The Freshwater Five (UK Tour) Hot in Here (Gate Theatre) ADA (NYT) WeeverFish (Webber Douglas, RCCSD) 50days (BYMT, Birmingham Hippodrome) For Guildford School of Acting: Treasure Island and Beasts and Beauties.

Writing Workshop Lead Practitioner: Liam Patrick Harrison

Liam Patrick Harrison is an Isle of Wight born playwright – trained at the Royal Court Young Writers Programme. His theatrical work has been staged at venues across London and the UK, including the Royal Court, SOHO Theatre, Pleasance and Vault Festival amongst others. Outside his written work he has founded several production companies focused on accessibility to the arts including SKINT Theatre, the UK’s first affordable ‘Micro-Teatro’ festival.  He has worked with Deadman on The Freshwater Five since 2021.


Acting – Saturday 10th February, 10am – 5pm
Directing – Sunday 11th February, 10am – 5pm
Production – Saturday 24th February, 10am – 5pm
Writing – Sunday 25th February, 10am – 5pm

20 spaces per session. These workshops are designed as a linked programme of 4 but can also be undertaken as standalone sessions.

VENUE:  Minghella Theatre, Quay Arts
COST: £10 per workshop. This programme is subsidised with kind support from Arts Council England



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