ReBels Masterclasses

Your Thursday nights sorted!

FREE Masterclasses available Thursday 24 June - Thursday 15 July 2021 (inclusive)

Our Summer 2021 term Thursday Night Masterclasses will be held via YouTube or socially distanced in person (please see individual dates below) 
Please look through the masterclasses available and use the sign up form below to choose those you'd like to attend (you can sign up for as many as you'd like) They are all free to attend and are suitable for those aged 15 and over. Once your place has been confirmed you'll be sent the limnks or details of how to attend.
Thur 24 June 2021 'Top Tips For Freelancers In The Arts' with Rachel Dobbs. Available on YouTube from 6pm
Join experienced artist, educater, director and serial freelancer, Rachel Dobbs, as she gives insigts into making it as a freelancer and pitfalls to avoid along the way, such as
  • Get clued up - fees, payments & trade unions
  • Get good with money - learn how to save, budget & live cheaply
  • Work with others - collective organising & developing projects
  • Portfolio career & risk / balance
  • Specialise in something - dual career
  • Learn how to tell stories & ask for cash


About your speaker
Rachel Dobbs is an artist & educator based in Plymouth (UK) – in the South West of England, on the border between Devon & Cornwall.
Rachel Dobbs is ½ of LOW PROFILE & is a serial freelancer – working on creative education, community, participatory & development projects. She has 17+ years experience in initiating, developing and delivering artist-led projects – which happen locally, nationally and internationally.
She has previously worked for/with a range of organisations, groups & individuals including nationally recognised art galleries, HE & FE institutions, and local, regional & national visual art sector support agencies.
As an artist, Rachel’s interests are centered on people, relationships, communication and an examination of the role of community, individuals and the collective. She also specialises in creative education, supporting neurodiverse artists & crowdfunding for creative and community projects.
Rachel also occasionally moonlights as an art director & graphic designer for independent board games – including the 2015 UK Games Expo Best Family Game Winner!
Available on YouTube from 6pm Thu 24 June 2021


Thur 1 July 'Thinking On Your Feet' Panel Discussion. Available on YouTube from 6pm.
What does it take to think differently? What have we all learnt from working in new ways? What next?  What does agile really look and feel like?
Thinking on Your Feet, is a masterclass exploring the surprising innovation and alternative outcomes from lock down for South West artists.
Richard Chappell (Richard Chappell Dance) Johnny Autin (Autin Dance Theatre) Sophie Northmore, Kay Crook (Chhaya Collective)  and others will talk about the work they have made digitally and physically over the last 18 months.

About Your Speakers

Richard Chappell Dance
Richard Chappell Dance is an internationally renowned ensemble, which creates memorable and moving dance at the forefront of theatre, interdisciplinary collaboration and site responsive performance. RCD is an Associate Company at Exeter Northcott, commissioned company at Swindon Dance and a resident company at Exeter Phoenix.
RCD's creative process is rooted in collaboration, co-authorship and emotional connectivity and the ensembles values have been shaped by a close recurring combination of collaborators and dancers. Additionally to the companies work in theatres, RCD presents site responsive work in a vibrant range of alternative spaces and heritage sites, including galleries scenic outdoor spaces, warehouses and museums. Alongside touring nationally to theatres across the UK, RCD has presented work in Singapore, Germany and Israel.
RCD has close partnerships with prestigious organisations, including Royal Opera House, Arts Council England, The Linbury Trust, Arts Council Wales, Studio Wayne McGregor, Dancin’ Oxford, National Dance Company Wales, National Arts Council Singapore, Dance in Devon, Pavilion Dance South West and DanceEast, amongst others. The ensemble leads large and ambitious community participation programs in the South West of England and in Wales, with support from Dance in Devon andTorbay Culture in England and Dance Blast and Span Arts in Wales.
Richard Chappel Website
Johnny Autin
Johnny is an established International Dance Artist & Choreographer based in Birmingham (UK). Originally from France, he is the founder and Creative Director of award-winning Autin Dance Theatre.
The company is a collaborative and project-based organisation producing engaging artistic performances (outdoor, theatres, unusual and digital spaces)  and that provides extensive learning & participation programmes in the community.
AutinDT’s mission is to inspire, educate & instigate positive social changes by delivering world-class multi-disciplinary arts activities. Since 2013, the company has built a strong reputation for its work with highly acclaimed productions including Taksim SquareA Posi+ive Life, and Dystopia. Johnny is Associate Artist at Midlands Arts Centre - MAC and Artist in Residence at DanceXchange.
AutinDT is currently extensively touring and presenting Out of the Deep Blue to outdoor arts events and international dance festivals. Johnny's choreographic process is often influenced by socio-political statements and engaged towards positive, empowering, and inspiring experiences for all.



Sophie Northmore: Dance-Circus Artist
Sophie is a professional dance-circus artist currently based in the South West. Her training began as a competitive artistic and sports acrobatic gymnast which led her on to train at The London Studio Centre followed by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She has been performing nationally and internationally for seven years working within indoor and outdoor works in contemporary dance and circus. Her work explores a multidisciplinary skill set focusing largely on blending dance and partner acrobatics. As well as working as a performer, choreographer and practitioner she is currently undertaking a Emotional Logic Coaching qualification which has largely informed her practice over the past four years.
Sophie YouTube 







Autin Dance Theatre Website

This Panel Discussion is available on YouTube from 6pm Thursday 1 July 2021 (and can then be watched at any time thereafter)
Thu 8 July: An Intro to the Art of Drag Performance with Topsie Redfern & Sarah Chew - 6pm - 9pm (in person) at Barbican Theatre
Award winning cabaret and theatre makers, drag artist Topsie Redfern and writer/director Sarah Chew are making their new show, Crystal Balls, in association with Barbican Theatre Plymouth.
They will be offering an in-person masterclass where 3 participants will be invited to share up to 7 mins of a drag or cabaret act they are making, for Sarah and Topsie's ideas, feedback and support. There will be time at the end for audience questions and maybe for a few audience members to give us a quick sharing of a number or two.
If you want to be considered to be one of the 3 participants sharing work for feedback, please send a video giving us an example of your work and a covering letter or video about the piece you are making and why you want to show it to us. Please send these to Please include any tech requirements in your message (such as microphone, capacity to play backing track), also any access requirements. The deadline for applications is 11pm Friday 2 July 2021
If you'd perfer to just attend to get tips on the art of drag please sign up to attend the masterclass audience using the form below. You will then be emailed details of how the in-person session at Barbican Theatre will work nearer the time)
About Your Masterclass Leaders
Sarah Chew
Sarah's professional experience from the West End and off Broadway, to Nairobi slums, and has taken her to 4 continents, where she has directed over 70 productions and written 7 produced plays.
Sarah also writes and direct comedy and cabaret, and has a regular collaboration with headline comedian Desiree Burch: director and/or co-writer credits include:
Desiree’s Coming Early (Soho Theatre, UK tour, Joe’s Pub NYC, US tour), Desiree Burch Left The Group (Comedy Central TV special),  Unf*ckable (Amazon Prime, Soho, UK tour Joes’s Pub NYC), This is Evolution (BBC TV special, EdFest, Soho, Funny Women award),
Sarah is Artistic Director of Critical Mass Theatre, dedicated to producing theatre that traverses cultural fault-lines.
Critical Mass UK projects as director/writer inc Lipstick: a Fairy Tale of Iran (Omnibus Theatre, R&D at Roundhouse, Royal Vauxhall Tavern) and Eat Me, (IMAGES Festival, Copenhagen, and RaMoMA Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya); as director, Pramface by Lizzie Hopley (2 UK tours; King's Head Theatre; EdFest; 7 awards); Missing Persons by Colin Teevan starring Greg Hicks (Trafalgar Studios; EdFest, 2 awards); Frank and Dolly by Lizzie Hopley starring Dillie Keane (EdFest, Stage Award)
International Critical Mass projects inc collaborations with Ho Chi Minh City Municipal Opera, National Theatre of Kenya, National Theatre of Uganda, Dramatic Arts Council of the Republic of Iran, Habimah Theatre, Art School Ramallah, Danish Centre for Culture and Development, and the British Council.
Nathan Kiley aka Topsie Redfern
Nathan made his West End debut in 2009 playing Mary Sunshine in hit musical Chicago alongside Michelle Williams from Destiny’s Child and talk-show legend Jerry Springer. He is a regular feature in high end UK musical theatre. Most recently Nathan was rehearsing Orpheus by Nmon Ford, a house music opera being staged at London’s Young Vic Theatre, which we hope will premiere post lockdown.
After working with playwright and director Sarah Chew last year, playing the role of Mark in her musical fable Lipstick: Fairytale Of Iran, the duo are currently creating Topsie Redfern's Crystal Balls.
​​Nathan’s Cabaret alter-ego Topsie Redfern is a regular and popular fixture in some of the UK’s most celebrated cabaret venues, with regular international appearances. Topsie is a popular host of Drag Queen Storytime sessions, reading to families and young people in schools and libraries throughout the UK.
Topsie is an extremely proud Ambassador of UK charity Cancer Is A Drag, and regularly works with HIV Charity The Food Chain.


Register to attend the Topsie Redfern ‘An Intro To The Art Of Drag Performance’ workshop 6-8pm on 8 July here:

Watch film recordings of the ReBels Masterclasses during the Autumn 2020 & Spring 2021 terms here:

Why ReBels Masterclasses?

The ReBel masterclasses have two strands.

There will be weekly masterclasses for 15-25 year old that will give you a space to learn, ask questions and hear from industry experts about anything and everything to do with the cultural sector. We will run 5 every half term - on producing, freelancing, technical skills, digital and overviewing a specific industry.

These are FREE and you can attend as many as you'd like (if there are spaces obviously!)

We will (eventually following lockdown and covid restrictions) also be running monthly 2 day masterclasses for anyone in the city who wants to get a chance to really delve in deep into a new skill. These will be for a maximum of 13 people and will be hands on sessions on anything and everything from VJing, puppetry, greenscreen motion capture to writing your own protest songs.

We think it's important that you get to see, hear and learn from the best and get a chance to hear about and get excited about all the creative careers you could have.

It doesn't matter if you know nothing about the subject - take a risk and see where these masterclasses take you.

Learn about everything from how a record gets made and distributed to fundraising, how to do your tax return, producing outdoor events, to what a dramaturg is and who on earth is a 'fixer'.

Masterclasses will feature these subject areas

Digital (D)
Overview (O)
Freelance (F)
Production (P)
Technical (T)

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