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Storecupboard Essentials

Music: Creative Devising with Simple Ingredients

With James Gow


Dust off the creative cobwebs with a fast-paced random selection devising exercise. Cut up and collage headlines to create unique time capsule poems, play with different delivery and explore how simple sound ideas can help in delivering theatrical moments. No musical ability required.


Saturday 24th October | 10am - 1pm

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Music is central to all of Kneehigh’s performances, with musicians always on stage and often forming part of the action.

This practical and inclusive workshop will explore the relationship that words, music and sound have within a theatrical context. Participants will create unique scrapbook style poetry and explore how to perform it in different ways. There’ll also be discussion, theatrical games and vocal exercises.

“There are many things I love about working with Kneehigh. Above all it is a supportive force that has enabled me in stepping out of my comfort zone and has shown how beneficial that can be to the areas I was more confident with. No idea is too big or small and whilst ideas are explored to great depths the hardest but crucial task is in the process of boiling things translating that into theatrical moments. To explore that I put together this workshop to bring together the fast paced, instinctive and collaborative creation environment and some simple but effective ideas for pairing with sound and music for theatrical affect/effect.”

– James Gow

If you have access needs please book before Monday 12th October so we have time to make the necessary arrangements. 

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James Gow

James is a multi-instrumentalist and composer with a BA in Music from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Outside of the theatre he has performed with or alongside several bands including: Lunch Money LifeCocos Lovers, Molly’s Lips, Eleven Magpies, and Three Cane Whale. He also performs as a solo artist under the moniker Flames Pow.

He has performed as a musician with Kneehigh since 2013 in The Flying Lovers of VitebskDead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs)Tristan & Yseult and Brief Encounter.

Other theatre includes: 100: UnEarth (WildWorks); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardobe (Bridge Theatre); James and the Giant Peach (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Ugly Chief (Victoria Melody); Siyanda, Protector of Plants (Theatre-Rites).