Coriander runs a variety of drama, poetry and political workshops and live performance events. See below for a selection of our recent work, and contact for more information if you'd like us to run one of them for your organisation, community group, or event. We'd also be more than happy to make a commissioned new workshop, or collaborate with you on it!
Socialist physical theatre workshop for beginners
Designed for The World Transformed, Brighton, September 2019.
Festiwalla International Theatre Camp, Berlin, October 2019.
How do you experience disempowerment in your body? What psychological traces does having power taken from you leave behind, and how can collective art-making and movement free us from those isolating, disempowering traces? The workshop adapts our theatre-making method for participants with little or no experience of physical theatre or performance at all - it’s a blend of the Grotowski method as practiced by the Lebanese political theatre group Zoukak and yoga-derived embodiment exercises, with an emphasis on community-building and playfulness, all combined with the poetry of the Nicaraguan Revolution. It safely explores embodied responses to disempowerment, and creates a playful piece of physical theatre in response, building community and group joy as a foundation for claiming back more power.
Here is a small taste, from a poem by Juan Agudelo (aged 7):
‘The revolution is Lake Nicaragua,
but with fish in it for everyone.
The revolution is a frangipani flower.
The revolution is a shell from a cannon,
shot at the colonisers.
The revolution is when my Dad
makes a sculpture and uses all his chisels.’
Family Histories Yoga and Creative Writing Workshop
The Isis magazine, Oxford, May 2019
What kind of stories does your family tell you? How do their stories exist in your life? How do you write about them?
The Isis is proud to present "Family Histories" a free yoga and creative writing workshop with Coriander's directors.
Focusing on storytelling in diaspora communities, "Family Histories" is a yoga and creative writing workshop that will give you the the space to explore migration, intergenerational trauma, race, and the tools that we, as writers, use to navigate turning family histories into art for public consumption. Gentle, accessible yoga exercises will move into a beginner-friendly writers' meditation, preparing you for the creative writing and poetry side of the workshop!
The workshop is open to new or more experienced writers, and will combine yoga methods with writing exercises to begin drafting a work of poetry, prose, or theatre.
Art Workshop and Iftar
Asian Cultural Centre, Oxford, May 2019
When words fail, art steps in to tell a story as it has never been told before.
Join us for an evening of experimental visual arts workshop followed by an open invite, potluck iftar. Exploring the themes of identity, culture and food, we will be using meal time rituals as catalysis and inspiration for storytelling.
Using paper cups, paper plates and paper cloths, the workshop encourages visual responses and welcomes creatives of all backgrounds. With your permission, we will be collecting your creations to share and gift on to the audience of My Mother Runs In Zig Zags.
Run in collaboration with Michellle Chin, a third year Fine Artist at the Ruskin School of Art. Co-founder of RuskID - a discussion group of BAME students - her primary art practice is collaborative performance, installation and workshops.