Our 2020 activities

Our programme of regular activities is open to anyone aged over 18, who lives in a BN postcode who has never worked professionally in the arts. Have a look at what you might like to get involved with and come to as much or as little as you like. To book any of the below events or activities, please click here.

Following Government restrictions on public events and social distancing measures relating to COVID-19, BPT is trialing a programme of online theatre activities.

We invited the 200+ people in our network of participants to come and play in an online creative offer to unlock theatre in their homes; where their homes are the stage and Brighton is the backdrop. This is a 10-week research and development project. At the end, we will co-create a short film/films that we will share online reflecting what we have made over this time.

What the 10-week R&D phase looks like:

  • Bi-weekly theatre workshops for our core creative group where we play games and set creative writing, movement, performance and singing challenges for people to do in their homes and neighbourhoods
  • Play-reading groups run by Suhayla El Bushra where we will read plays aloud and talk about the art and craft of play-writing
  • Theatre clubs run by Maddy Costa where we will watch a show online and come together afterwards to talk about it
  • A sound design workshop run by Melanie Wilson exploring sound in the home and getting people to create their own soundscape
  • A lighting design workshop run by Prema Mehta exploring lighting design and getting people to play with lights in their home and neighbourhood
  • A costume design workshop run by Rachel Owen getting people to create mood boards and design and make costumes

Our bi-weekly theatre workshops are a closed group, but you can book onto any of our other activities.

People's Theatre Club

Let's go and see a show

Making Theatre Happen (in your home)

People's Theatre Workshops

Get together with people interested in making theatre every week.

People's Play Reading Group

Does what it says on the tin, at the Theatre Royal

People's Theatre Tours

Explore our city's theatres

Special Guest Workshops

A chance for us to try something new with the professionals. Running on the first weekend monthly at different locations around the city

People's Inspiration Meetings

People powered production ideas

People's Theatre Club

It’s a bit like a book club. We go and see a Brighton show and have a chat about it afterwards. The idea is that we all get to see something we might not have gone to on our own. Due to the current government restrictions relating to COVID-19, we're now running a series of online Theatre Clubs. We watch a piece of theatre online in our own time, then come together on Zoom to discuss it.

Making Theatre Happen (in your home)

We often only think about acting, singing or dancing when we think about theatre. This workshop series gets behind the scenes and introduces you to some of the lesser-known people, jobs, and activities in the world of theatre. From producing to production management, sound, and lighting design to costume, you’ll get a chance to find out about and explore some of the off-stage jobs that are essential to make theatre happen. These workshops were originally scheduled to happen in person, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, we've adapted them for you to experience in your own home instead.

People's Theatre Workshops

Brighton People's Theatre

The beating heart of our work. We run weekly drop-in theatre workshops exploring different performance skills, developing creativity, and building a company of people interested in being involved in future Brighton People's Theatre productions. We are currently working with our core creative group, running bi-weekly theatre workshops online. This is a closed group developed out of our weekly theatre workshops.

People's Play Reading Group

Local playwright Suhayla El Bushra hosts a lunch time play reading group on stage at the Theatre Royal Brighton. We provide pizza and a copy of the play we are reading. We read a few scenes aloud and have a chat about them. Due to the current government restrictions relating to COVID-19, our play reading groups now happen virtually. We share a play for you to read in your own time, then come together on Zoom to discuss it.

People's Theatre Tours

Let’s go backstage with the people who work in our city’s theatres. Let’s explore the history, follow in the footsteps of some of the stars of stage and screen and tread the same boards. Our Executive Producer, Louise Blackwell, will lead sessions on how theatre is made at each of our backstage tours. If you have ever wondered how theatre is made or what goes on backstage this is a great opportunity to find out. More to follow. Sign up to our mailing list for updates.

Special Guest Workshops

(no experience necessary)

People's Inspiration Meetings

Our first people's inspiration meeting was held in November 2019, and was open to anyone who had come along to any of our programme in 2019. We talked about ideas for new shows that we could make together. We took these ideas into our weekly workshops to explore. We are an Associate Company at Brighton Dome and the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts and both organisations are interested in commissioning new shows that emerge from this programme. We aim to make shows that break boundaries and take us across Brighton's borders and out on tour.

Before You Book

All workshops and events are open to anyone over the age of 18 living in the city of Brighton and Hove or with a BN postcode who has never worked as a professional artist.

Everything is sold on a pay what you can basis. If you are on a low income you could pay anything between £1 and £3. If you are earning around £20k you could pay between £3 and £7. If you are earning over £30k you could pay between £7 and £15. You decide.

If the cost of travelling to any of these events is going to be a barrier, there’s help with public transport costs available. Please contact us and we will talk to you about this – in confidence, naturally.