ReBels Masterclasses

Your Thursday nights sorted!

FREE Masterclass Zoom Webinars Thursday 25 February - Thursday 25 March (inclusive)

Our Spring 2021 term Thursday Night Masterclasses will be held via Zoom (due to the Covid-19 National Lockdown) 

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 Zoom link (there will be a different link for each session)

Thur 25 March 2021 'How to make an album in your spare room!' with Alex Hart 6pm - 7:30pm via Zoom
In this masterclass Plymouth singer songwriter legend Alex Hart will be discussing the writing, recording and releasing of her latest album, which she recorded from home during lockdown.
Find out how Alex started out and where her  musical journey has taken her. She will also:
  • give advice about 'doing it yourself' and not needing a record company to release your own music.
  • explain how to  put music onto Spotify and iTunes.
  • explain about music licencing and how to register your work.
  • offer guidance on how to come up with simple melodies and why hooks are important.
  • give advice and an insight into what simple studio gear to buy to start a home studio.
  • explain how to simply use Logic to record.
There will be many opportnities for those joing the zoom webinar to ask questions.
Alex Hart is a singer/songwriter from Ashill in Devon. She currently lives in Plymouth and has been a professional musician for 15 years. She has been lucky enough to play at some legendary venues around the UK, Europe and the USA either solo, with Martin Barre from Jethro Tull or more recently with Seth Lakeman.
When Alex was 18 she was signed to a small record label in the UK and the US and released her debut album 'On This Day' which had regular air play from Radio 2 and local BBC Radio stations. In the summer of 2013, Alex released a cover of Angie Stone's 'Wish I Didn't Miss You' which went to No.2 in the dance charts and was supported by Pete Tong on Radio 1.
After a few years of touring with Martin Barre, Alex decided to release an EP which she recorded in Plymouth with her band mates. It goes back to her folksy, country sound. The EP is called 'For The Summer' and is available on all streaming and download platforms including physical copies from her website.
Alex has been working and collaborating with lots of amazing songwriters and musicians including Terry Britten who wrote 'What's Love Got to Do With It' for Tina Turner. She appears on many other musicians' albums too!
During lockdown, after losing 3 USA tours due to Covid 19, Alex has recorded a covers album (Under the Covers) from the comfort of her spare room. She has played every instrument herself and it features songs that have influenced her over the years. These include songs from The Eagles, Billy Joel, Nick Drake to name a few. You can buy this for digital download from her website.
Thur 4 Mar 'The daily dance pill' - the role of movement during lockdown 6pm - 7:30pm via Zoom 
Lets face it, who hasn’t had a kitchen disco, or got stuck into Strictly Come Dancing during lockdown? Beyond its daily dose of fun, glamour or freedom, there are stories about connection, confidence and transformation. Just look at Bill Bailey! 
This webinar looks at 6 inspirational stories of dance in lock down with Laura Nightingale from Exim, Lois Taylor & Sam Lawrence of Dance Centred, Rhythm City, Dance in Devon and Plymouth Dance.
The stories will be shared and the panel will discuss how dance has helped people through lock down. There will be plenty of time for questions too, for those looking to set up projects or experience dance on their doorstep.
To join this free masterclass please complete the form below. You will then be emailed a link to the Zoom session when your place is confirmed. 
Thu 11 Mar 'Live Event Production: the importance of working in a team' with Ceri Wade 6pm - 7:30pm via Zoom

Extraordinary work doesn't happen in isolation. Ceri Wade is an award winning Events Producer who managed not only Glastonbury's largest late night arena: Arcadia - but all the international project management for touring Arcadia's shows. This is a brilliant opportunity to hear about best practices, working on large scale spectacles, international touring and developing systems for flame throwing giant spiders.

To join this free masterclass please complete the form below. You will then be emailed a link to the Zoom session when your place is confirmed. 

Thu 18 Mar 2021: Building giant puppets with Ruth Webb 6pm - 7:30pm

Learn how to create giant puppet masterpieces. Ruth Webb, theatre maker and designer behind our hugely successful giant puppet parade back in September, will take you through the ins and outs of puppetry design. She will talk through what materials to use, how to make the puppets strong but light and list of other vital insight. She will also talk through the new puppets we are building for our next puppet parade!

Ruth Webb is a maker, who loves to be outside. She was lucky enough to have been surrounded by music, stories and theatre since birth. She tried growing up and she tried to find her own way in the world. Life took her down a few wiggling paths, until eventually she found her way back home, to the world of theatre.

She is involved with the creation of the Lostwithiel Giant Procession, which is no 30 years old, and has been been running puppet making workshops for 5 years. She has been part of a team to make  made 5 giant puppets (7 meters tall!) some which which you saw in Barbican Theatre's Backalley Puppet Parade in st Judes in September 2020! She has designed and been part of many shows with Burn the Curtain over the last 8 years. Design of Props and Bikes and Stage managed Don Quixotes Adventures on Bicycle. Design and performed The Bureau of Extraordinence survey, Design Costume and Props. The company of wolves, Design Costume and Props, and Stage managed The Hunting of the Snark and Design Costume Timothy the Tortoise.

Among many of the people she is proud to have worked with Stackedwonky Designer, Stage management and Production assistant
Theatre Alibi Design Assistant and Quirk Theatre Designer .

She also loves building Giants, and running community workshops. She is so very happy to have been able to combine her loves of making and being in the great outdoors in her working life.  Currently she is finding new ways of creating, with natural materials and making fires with
children at Forest school

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving" - Albert Einstein

Thu 25 Mar 'Chicago Footwork - the story of a new style of dance for Plymouth.' with Drew Shears & Saf Hazeldine 6pm - 7:30pm

Meet Groovement Project's Drew Shears and Saf Hazeldine as they talk about how the evolution of new style and how Plymouth is at the centre of it. 

Drew is a member of the international  Chicago Footwork dance crew Creation Global. We will see some demos from Drew and Saf, as well as footage from Creation Global. 

The masterclass will be a mix of discussion, demonstrations and an open Q&A session. 

To join this free masterclass please complete the form below. You will then be emailed a link to the Zoom session when your place is confirmed. 

Register to attend a ReBels Masterclass Webinar via Zoom 

Please select the Masterclass(es) you'd like to attend.

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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ReBels Dance Workshops

18 Feb, 4 Mar, 18 Mar 7pm - 9pm £5 per session or £10 for all 3. For dancers aged 15-25 years, who are looking to develop their contemporary dance experience. Some of you may want to prepare for further dance training, some of you may want to simply challenge your body and creativity to advance yourself as a dancer.