Workshops and Residencies



Cheryl has long experience delivering workshops and residencies, working with schools, colleges, universities, libraries, prisons, theatres and more. She’s worked with people as young as pre-school, and as old as 90+.

While Cheryl tailors workshops to the individual groups, these can give an idea of the kinds she has done:


* Early years song writing, using toys as starting points

* Primary Years 4 – 6, poems, short stories or monologues using photos as starting points

* High School/ A-Levels, residencies, week-long, preferably in conjunction with museum/gallery exhibits, creating songs, poems, stories and monologues using exhibits as starting points

Libraries, hospitals, prisons, theatres, youth groups

* Poetry workshops looking at use of senses and imagery to paint pictures in readers’/listeners’minds

* Drama workshops

o Writing

* Creating character

* Looking at structure

* Using personal experience to create narrative

* How to create subtext

* Making characters sound real – dialogue

* Drama workshops

o Acting

* Making a character yours

* Actioning

* Diction

* Understanding and speaking Shakespeare


Alaska Residencies and Workshops

Cheryl can create and deliver a tailor-made residency package of workshops, residencies, and performances of Alaska.

There could be two forms:

1. Workshops

* These could be half-days [3 hours] or full day

* Focus on creating poems or short narratives based on personal experience

* Pay special attention to creating an image-rich world for the audience

2. Residencies

* These could be from two/three days to a full week

* Would create work for participants to perform to accompany Alaska

* Focus on finding objects around which personal narratives would be spun

* Examine how to create structure, how to weave fantasy and reality, light and dark

* Look at performance techniques for participants, including vocal improvisation and song

Cheryl’s work with all kinds of performers helps them to find a form and a way of performing that best suits what they want to express. She’s worked with people from pre-school to over 90 years old, and is skilled at creating a safe and supportive atmosphere that enables participants to explore sometimes difficult subjects. Or just to have fun.

Group size: 12 – 20 people