For Businesses

Enhancing Co-operation, Communication and Concentration at Work Drawing from physical theatre techniques and practices, workshop leader and artistic director of Company:Collisions, Tanushka Marah, is offering a range of workshops aimed at enhancing co-operation, communication and concentration in the work place.

Enhancing Communication

Whether you are giving a speech, an interview, answering the phone or expressing a point of view at a meeting, the language of your body plays a crucial role in assisting or impeding the success of your communication. In the world of theatre, an actor playing a confident part may be terrified on that first night and must rely on some technique to not allow lack of confidence to be visible. From looking at techniques to reduce nervousness to short-cut tactics to simply mask them, the workshop will focus on breath, posture, body language and voice technique. As well as speaking, listening is also a critical skill. Looking at the importance of eye contact and body language, a range of practical exercises will assist clarity and confidence in work place communications.

Enhancing Cooperation

Understanding principles of ensemble work is not only useful for people moving together on stage! Building a sense of group awareness and appreciation brings commitment and understanding to the team as a whole. Through activities and exercises focusing on the individual as part of the group, peripheral sensing and the give-and-take of group dynamics, the workshop will take a fun and applied approach to building a stronger and more effective team spirit.

Enhancing Concentration

Lack of focus in your life and at work can have a number of causes. Staying focused and concentrating on the task at hand is a key management skill. The workshop will approach, in particular, the issue of stress. Drawing on concentration techniques that actors use to focus on the "moment" and how they let go of the worries of yesterday, today and tomorrow, the workshop will be very useful for improving your daily approach to work, bringing clarity to the mind and energy to your work. Workshops are usually one day long and can be run in a local theatre or in your own organisation.


Introduction to theatre Management

Company:Collisions have been very fortunate to work with proficient and talented graphic designers, photographers, press and marketing officers. As registered members of the ITC and A&B Company:Collisions understand the importance of good management and business sense in the non-lucrative world of small-mid-scale theatre. The main focus of this workshop will be on the importance of communication, networking and working within a small budget. Though this workshop is of particular use to students who are intending to produce their own work it is also useful for those who wish to work for other companies, as an understanding of how companies are run and good self- promotion are always a good thing.

Management and Organization

"People management" is often the crux point of where most companies succeed or fail. Presenting the pressures which most new companies face the workshop will present fun exercises to practice communication skills whilst under pressure. This part of the workshop will also look at the importance of Time Management and Delegation.

Press and Publicity

Beginning with company image, including such things as logos and company profile, this part of the workshop is concerned with seeing what supports the artistic work as a product. The students will be advised in how to put together a press pack and how and when to approach the press. The importance of image in publicity shoots and posters and flyers will be addressed; sample flyers and photographs will be presented for the students to discuss.

Fundraising, Sponsorship and Grant Applications

The importance of language, research and yearly planning are the main focus for these issues. The discussion will be address how to fundraise, the costs involved and how to keep those costs to a minimum. Sponsorship, both regional and national will be discussed in the context of which type of businesses a particular company should approach and in which way. With a brief introduction to the funding systems the students will be made aware of what grants are available and what credentials their companies" would need to increase their chances of a successful application. The students will receive sample applications and the importance of the use of language will be discussed here.

Tour-booking and Touring

With the emphasis on "selling" the students will have a chance to practice phone techniques and approaches to networking. The students will be given details of who to contact for support with touring and how and when to put together a venue pack. At this point there will be a brief discussion on the pros- and -cons of taking a show to the Edinburgh Festival. Once the tour is sold there is much administration and organization and PR to maintain. Students will be made aware of the costs, the joys and the perils of small-midscale touring.


Although the above workshop emphasises the huge workload that is needed to maintain an efficient and successful company, the workshop will be informative and present positive ways of approaching and dealing with the work.

The workshop will give students a clear and encouraging idea of how best to take their artistic work to the public arena.