Part of the Main digital workshops

Part of the Grid is Part of the Main’s series of affordable theatre tech, producing and design workshops. Past workshops have included Stage Management, Lighting & Sound Design, Set & Costume Design, Producing for Fringe Festivals, and more.

They currently have five Zoom workshops lined up, with more to be added in the coming week.  Some are already close to sold-out so get booking! All workshops will last around 2 hours.

Wednesday April 22 @ 10 AM 

To join this free workshop, please fill out this form no later than Tuesday, April 21 at 11 PM.

About the workshop
It’s a scary time for artists, especially those who might never have applied for Arts Council England funding before. This workshop will provide ACE Emergency Fund applicants with clarity and confidence, and allow them to ask any questions about their applications.

Alistair will go through the application question by question and discuss what it’s actually asking for and the ways to possibly answer it. Participants can ask questions, and the workshop will be a collaborative space to dispel myths and encourage more confidence when submitting. Participants will leave the workshop knowing how to write with clarity, how to ensure they have informed ACE of their eligibility, how to display their lost income, and how to provide evidence of their experience working in public funded work.

Alistair will be accepting up to 15 applications to read ahead of the workshop on a first-come, first-serve basis. In exchange for consent to use these applications as examples in the workshop, they will provide specific comments on individual applications. However, we stress that this workshop offers no guarantee on securing funding; rather, it is an opportunity to throw questions about and offer thoughts/feedback to applicants.
About Alistair Wilkinson
Alistair is a queer, working class artist originally from Manchester, now living in East London. In the past they have created work for places such as National Theatre, Barbican Centre, Bush Theatre, Arcola Theatre, and Bunker Theatre, amongst many others. A lot of their work focuses on themes of sickness, grief, and intimacy through intoxication. Alistair is currently under commission to various theatres, and has several TV projects in development. They are the Head of Artist Development at the Old Vic Theatre, an Associate Artist at National Youth Theatre, and a Board Member for Boundless. Alistair is also a script reader for venues such as Bush Theatre, Theatre503, VAULT Festival, as well as The Mono Box’s PLAYSTART. They are the Artistic Director of WoLab, a working laboratory for artists to create, and are the creator and producer of the ACE-funded Actor-Writer Programme.

Twitter: @alistairwilks / @WoLaboratory

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Friday April 24 @ 10 AM

In this crash course, participants will learn to use software for sound & video in performance.

QLab is the ubiquitous software used by theatres and designers for video and sound in live performance. This workshop will take place over Zoom, and costs £8.

About Will Alder:

Will Alder is a Lighting & Sound Designer based in South London, who’s worked extensively in theatres, non-theatrical and unusual spaces both nationally and internationally. His work includes designs for Theatre, Opera, Musicals, Events, Festivals and Immersive Productions.

Previous designs have been seen most notably in London’s West End, the Barbican, Greenwich Theatre, and working with companies such as The Royal Ballet School, Oxford Playhouse, National Youth Theatre, Rambert, and with Lukas McFarlane.

Will is also a Producer, and Associate Producer for Applecart Arts. In 2017, he co-created and programmed the award winning ‘Bobblehat: London’s first Live Advent Calendar’.

For more info and examples of his designs, visit

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Wednesday April 29 @ 10 AM


In this workshop, participants will learn how to use QLab for video in live performance.

This workshop will focus on using QLab for video and projection. This workshop will take place over Zoom, and costs £8. This workshop will also be led by Will Alder.

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Friday May 1 @ 10 AM    

To join this free workshop, please fill out this form no later than 11 PM on Thursday April 30.

Few spots remaining

In this workshop, accomplished producer Tanya Agarwal will show participants the different ways to structure a company, how to register your company, and how to work together successfully as a theatre company. This workshop will take place over Zoom.

About Tanya Agarwal:

Tanya is a freelance theatre producer, with a Masters in Creative Producing from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She is currently a part of Stage One’s Bridge the Gap Scheme and was also selected to be a part of the Fringe Society and British Council’s Emerging Producers Development Programme. She is the producer for award-winning Burnt Lemon Theatre and has worked with other fringe companies such as Police Cops, On the Button, and Trip Hazards. She has previously worked at New Diorama Theatre, London International Festival of Theatre, and Headlong. Currently, she is the Programme Coordinator at Assembly.

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Friday May 8 @ 10 AM    

An intermediate course on QLab, including OSC, midi control, script cues, effects & more.

Led by Will Alder, this workshop will take place over Zoom and costs £8.
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Don’t forget about our other
resources for artists!

Digital Theatre Resources Database – an open-source spreadsheet compiling all of the paid & free opportunities for artists during lockdown

Freelance Theatre Artist Database – join our soon-to-be-public database of creatives, which lists skills available for hire during & after lockdown

Part of the Night’s Newsletter – our sister theatre company, Part of the Night, compiles a monthly newsletter featuring the most exciting digital arts content by women, trans and non-binary artists



Published on:
20 Apr 2020


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