Analogue want its audiences to experience and engage with the process behind making ambitious new theatre inspired by real stories and contemporary ethical questions, as much as they do with the performance that bookends it.
As practitioners, we value the avenues and opportunities of exploration afforded us in our development, and want to make our learning available to the next generation. We believe we can educate students and young people with vital, hands-on, practical experience that can only be offered by a professional, working theatre company.
As a company working across the boundaries of continents and disciplines, we want to enable the public to get closer to the wide network of pioneering thinkers with whom we collaborate, and engage with their specialist expertise through accessible, interactive platforms.
We want our audiences to ENGAGE & DISCOVER the exciting, thought-provoking, eye-opening threads that make up the Analogue process.
The performance of an Analogue piece of work is merely the tip of an exciting, sprawling, educational, thought-provoking iceberg. That iceberg is the process we go on to make each show. It spans the moment we encounter inspiration right through to the period of rehearsals leading up to opening night and includes the research, collaboration, devising, storyboarding and writing that sum up the journey of an Analogue process.
We love the opportunity to share this process – the learning curves we have encountered, the insights we’ve gleaned and the approaches we’ve honed – and enjoy the role as conduit between the public and the specialised ideas and collaborators that inspired our work.
This is the motivation behind the three strands of our Engagement Programme:
1. Taking Part: Schools, Education & Young People
Aim: Interactive workshops and residencies offering tools to young people to stimulate, invigorate or progress their devising methods.
Includes: Half day, full day and week-long residencies focusing on practical ways to making new work. Past workshops include: Devising with objects; Using light and projection to tell a story; Creating through movement; storyboarding ideas into performance; Collaborative working practice.
2. First Steps: Career Development
Aim: Helping the next generation take the next step.
Includes: Internships, work experience, placements, talks, Q&A’s offering advice on creating and growing a devising theatre company.
3. Discover: Public Engagement
Aim: Engaging adult audiences, researchers and the wider public in the processes of making our work, the diverse worlds of the thinkers with whom we collaborate and the provocations in science, social policy and ethics that inspired some of our shows.
Includes: Live talks, Q&A’s, interviews and an online library archive of research and published writing on our website.