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Theatre Workshop with Chloe Owen (@chloeowencreative)

Friday 2 June 2023 18:30 – 20:30 BST

By Chloe Owen (@chloeowencreative)

This workshop will be looking at a few photographs taken by Dorothy Wilding. These photographs will be looked at through a theatre lens and will be our stimuli in creating new pieces of performance. We will be using skills such as storytelling, improvision, creativity, dialogue making, Freeze Frames and Thought tracking of characters.

We will get into groups and closely look at pictures given. We will talk about the characters in these photographs and creatively discuss the background of these characters. Who are they? Where so they live? Do they have family? Etc.

Using freeze frames as a theatre technique, we will then create a version of each photograph and present them with a background music.

After this, we will discuss the characters and the moments before the photograph was taken. Were they happy? Did they just receive bad news? Etc. (The creativity is endless) Then we will discuss in groups what happens after the photograph was taken. What is their future like?

The end product of this workshop is to have a greater understanding of how to create a piece of theatre with Dorothy Wilding’s photographs as a stimulus.

Participants who haven’t got previous experience in theatre are welcome.

This is just for fun and to show what a photograph can inspire.

  • Participants who haven’t got previous experience in theatre are welcome.
  • Please come in comfortable clothing for the workshop, just so that you can move around freely.


See you there!

Free entry. Booking is essential as spaces are limited, register using the eventbrite link below!

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This workshop is part of the Gloucester Lates project – Gloucester Lates is a series of weekly workshops/by young people for young people , created by Hundred Heroines in collaboration with JOLT, and is running alongside the Dorothy Wilding Exhibition at the Eastgate Shopping Centre (Gloucester).

23 Bell Walk (bottom of the escalator), Eastgate Shopping Centre, Gloucester.

About Chloe

Chloe Owen (She/Her) is a working class creative and theatre maker from Gloucester. She graduated for The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in Contemporary Theatre Practice (First year being in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education), in 2021.

Since graduating from drama school, she has been working in retail (to pay the bills) but have also been working with the companies; Strike a Light Gloucester, The Cheltenham Everyman Youth Theatre and Not Another One Collective. She is currently trying to break into the industry and the end goal is to be fully freelance and working in the arts.

This event is held in conjunction with Dorothy Wilding: 130 Photographs – the first exhibition of Dorothy’s work in the city where she was born.

Born in Longford in 1893, Dorothy Wilding left Gloucester for the bright lights of London, where she established her own studio by the age of 21.  This new, major exhibition features iconic portraits of the young Queen Elizabeth as well as images of some of Dorothy’s famous sitters, including Tallulah Bankhead, Cecil Beaton, Noël Coward, Vivien Leigh, Joyce Grenfell and Barbara Cartland. Other works taken in her New York studio in the 1940s and 1950s will include iconic portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and new stars of the 1950s, Yul Brynner and Harry Belafonte.

Curated by Sisters of the Lens, the exhibition comprises some of Dorothy’s iconic portraits reprinted in a large, contemporary style alongside smaller original prints and ephemera including books, magazines, coins and stamps featuring Dorothy’s work.

This project has been made possible through the generous support of the Ampersand Foundation and the Association of Independent Museums New Stories New Audiences grant scheme, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund.