2015 Company Profiles

Chris Bianchi


This season: Teazle in SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL. Previously for SATTF: The Dukes in AS YOU LIKE IT, Jellaby in ARCADIA. Edward IV and James Tyrell in RICHARD III. Murellus & Cinna the Poet in JULIUS CAESAR, Agrippa in ANTONY & CLEOPATRA, Lear's Fool in KING LEAR and Gaev in THE CHERRY ORCHARD.

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SATTF Season Workshops

From left to right: Tara McHale, Pete McHale, Jayson Murray, Ella Khanna, Sam Glenn.

Photographs by Craig Fuller

SATTF Education
Saturday Morning Workshops 10 Oct 2015 - 30 April 2016
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SATTF offers a unique, annual workshop programme for young people aged 13 - 18 years every Saturday morning from October. Participants can join any time until the end of January 2016 and the courses run over Saturday mornings until the en of April 2016.


The Saturday Morning Workshops run alongside SATTF's annual seasons and offer students exclusive access to a professional, classical theatre company during our dynamic period of rehearsals and production. Our professional actors work with the students to encourage, stimulate and inspire them to participate in the unique world of theatre, and to embrace the ethos of the company - commitment, respect, and a professional attitude.

Each year participants devise their own play, which is performed in the main Tobacco Factory Theatre in front of an invited audience on the final day of the SATTF season. Afterwards the group are invited to watch the final matinee performance of the season with compliments from SATTF.

The Season Workshops are recognised by Arts Award and SATTF is an Arts Award Supporter.    

'It's the best drama workshop I've ever been to and I would encourage others to give it a go.'
Workshop student, James Wearmouth who appeared in our acclaimed 2013 production of Richard III as young Prince Edward.

 'After warming up the body, voice and then the imagination via some games, we have developed a style of letting the group improvise various scenarios, usually stemming from their own ideas, some of which we will then develop further. From these we will eventually find a theme that links them together, from which we will eventually make a play. This play will be performed on the main Tobacco Factory stage on the final day of the Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory season.' 
Chris Donnelly Workshop Director (Pictured left, below) with Marc Geoffrey in, Two Gentlemen of Verona, 2013. Photo, Farrows Creative.

Booking available during June 2015 - January 2016, subject to availability. Places are limited so early booking is advised. DOWNLOAD A BOOKING FORM HERE 

"Without SATTF, my dreams would not be as close as they feel now, and I am really grateful for that." 
Amy (14)

"Working with the Tobacco Factory has given me confidence and the ability to be proud of my achievements."
Ciara (14)

For further information and to book please contact Kate Mansbridge
 or 0117 963 3054