Dramaturgy in Outdoor Work

Dramaturgy in Outdoor Work

presented by Without Walls and 101 Outdoor Arts

Wednesday 11th – Friday 13th May 2022

101 Outdoor Arts, Newbury.

Image credit: 451 by Periplum. Ray Gibson.

Dramaturgy in Outdoor Work is a new creative lab presented by Without Walls and 101 Outdoor Arts.

This 3-day residential workshop will explore the principles of Dramaturgy: What is it and how can it be usefully applied to the making of outdoor work?

Led and facilitated Dramaturg Lou Cope, it will aim to: demystify the concept of dramaturgy, explore how thinking dramaturgically can open up and clarify both process and product, and apply this thinking directly to the work of the participants. Claire Raftery, co-Artistic Director of Periplum, will join Lou to contribute her perspectives on balancing the aspirations of thinking dramaturgically with the realities of making outdoor work.

Participants will:

Attend a small-group zoom meeting with Lou before the course
Attend a 3 day residential course
Attend a small-group zoom meeting with Lou after the course


Day 1 Introduction to dramaturgy as a way of thinking about making work
Day 2 Exploring the potential dramaturgies of outdoor work
Day 3 Applying dramaturgical thinking to your own work and practice

Who is this programme for?
1. Artists new to the outdoor arts sector, looking for more clarity around this important topic.
2. Experienced outdoor artists who are looking to engage in conversations on this topic.
3. Writers, performers, directors, and producers for the outdoor arts sector.

The event which is subsidised by Without Walls and 101 will be free to selected participants and inclusive of accommodation and food provided on site at 101 Outdoor Arts. Additionally, a travel bursary will be available to support the cost of attendance. If you would like to apply, please complete the short application form by Midday, Friday 1st April.

We are interested in attracting a diversity of voices and particularly welcome applications from individuals that are currently under-represented in the sector.

Participants will need to be available for the full duration of the residential

Wednesday 11th May

From 11.30am - Arrivals on site to 101 Outdoor Arts

12.30pm-1.30pm - Lunch and welcome

1.30pm-5pm - Afternoon workshops

7pm - Dinner and discussion

Thursday 12th May

8am-9.30am - Breakfast + optional walk on Greenham Common

10am - Morning sessions

1pm-2pm - Lunch

2pm-5pm - Afternoon sessions

7pm - Dinner

Friday 13th May
8am-9am - Breakfast + optional walk on Greenham Common

10am - Morning sessions

1pm-2pm - Lunch

4pm - Departure

101 Outdoor Arts is an accessible venue. We have accessible parking bays, accommodation, rehearsal spaces and WC facilities. The Lab content can be captioned or signed, audio described and learning resources are available in large print. Please tell 101 Outdoor Arts what support would enable you to fully participate in this opportunity when completing your application.


101 is committed to the safety of our staff and resident artists and has implemented a wide range of measures to ensure that 101 is a Covid secure facility. We are following the safety and hygiene measures for organisations set out by the government in its guidance.

Lateral Flow Testing
In order to attend the Lab we are requesting that everybody undertakes a lateral flow test within 24hours of travelling to 101, with negative result. We would also ask that you do not attend the Lab if you have any symptoms.


Please download the application form below, complete and email back to us at hello@101outdoorarts.com by Friday 1st April at midday.

If you would like to receive this information in another format, have any questions or would like to speak to somebody about your application, please contact hello@101outdoorarts.com.

Download Application (word doc.)

Lou Cope Biography

Lou Cope is a UK-based dramaturg who has worked across the UK, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. She is the founder of CoAD - The Centre of Applied Dramaturgy (www.thecoad.org), works across ballet, contemporary, South Asian, participatory and inclusive dance and theatre, and specialises in Production, Practice and Organisational Dramaturgy.

Recent/current collaborations include: Garry Stewart & Australian Dance Theatre, Aakash Odedra, Gary Clarke, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet; Rhiannon Faith, Stopgap Dance. Past collaborations include: Phoenix Dance Theatre; Scottish Dance Theatre; les ballets c de la b; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet.

Lou has a podcast called Downtime, (Season 2 coming soon) and has recently launched Doing Dramaturgy – an online course for makers to explore all things dramaturgical together.