The Television Workshop is a BAFTA- winning organisation which has been in operation in Nottingham since 1983, initially affiliated to Central Television, then ITV and lately as a stand alone charitable operation. The Television Workshop, in 2012, expanded its operation into Salford.
Its patrons are ex Workshop member Samantha Morton, director Shane Meadows and also actor Christopher Eccleston (in Salford) and its casting successes include household names such as Chris Gascoyne (Coronation Street’s Peter Barlow), Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones, This is England, Skins), Vicky McClure (This is England, Broadchurch, Line of Duty), Jack O’Connell (Skins, Starred Up, Unbroken), Aisling Loftus (The Borrowers, Mr Selfridge), Toby Kebbell (The Escape Atist, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Rocknrolla), as well as top writers, directors, producers and presenters.
WHAT WE DO:
For Workshop students, we offer a development opportunity through membership of a well established, respected, professionally-oriented group, with direct links to the film and television industry. For the industry, we offer a well-trained casting pool and a development resource.
AND HOW WE DO IT:
Affordability – through affordable, industry-focussed workshop sessions. Workshop students are recruited based on talent, not ability to pay. Our bursary system ensures that no talented student is excluded.
Honesty and Authenticity – through truthful, rather than ‘stagey’ performance, remaining rooted in the real world whilst releasing and guiding the imagination, striving for belief in the moment. A Workshopper will be easily identified by their raw, edgy honest and professional approach in their attitude to work and their dedication to developing themselves as well as their drama skills. The sessions will involve a balance of improvisation and script work.
Professionalism – through an enjoyable environment that won’t feel like school but will make substantial demands on each member. Sessions are divided into three age groups (under 11s, 11s-16 and over 16s) each of up to 30 students. Members will strive to succeed to their potential, to reach the highest standards in sessions that are fun yet professionally demanding. That professionalism attracts casting directors, producers and writers to the Workshop to cast from the talent pool or to use the creative expertise in script development work.
(Above: the first Television Workshop group in 1983)