What even is an R&D week?


March 24, 2023


Friday 24 March 2023, 9.30am - 4.30pm


Lister Building, Bradford College, Carlton Street, Bradford BD7 1DD

How much?

Our workshops are always free!

What will this workshop cover?

We know many creatives apply for and receive funding to grow an idea, and this often involves intensively researching and developing both independently and with a creative team. 

People approach this in all kinds of ways. Still, one popular and practical approach, especially within theatre and dance practices, can include delivering an R&D week: bringing creatives together in a room and exploring the ideas, themes, and production elements of the piece.

What does an R&D week entail?

R&D weeks vary depending on the focus and intended outcomes of the research. There is no one approach, and no set of rules to follow.

Some questions you might have about R&D weeks may include:
  • What exactly should we focus on?
  • What kind of exercises will help us delve into our themes, story and characters?
  • Who should we get in the room?
  • How do we get the most out of the time we have?
  • Should we do a sharing at the end?

This will be a practical workshop of learning, exploring, and trying out exercises and approaches to research and development techniques. You’ll also have the opportunity to plan and test some of your own ideas within the group.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is primarily for theatre makers, dance and movement practitioners, and those developing their own shows. 

How much does it cost?

This workshop is completely free. We can even provide bursaries and cover access costs to help reduce any barriers to attending. See below for more information. 

How to register for this workshop

If you would like to join us, you can register nowRegistration closes on Friday 10 March at 1 pm.

Places will be allocated primarily to artists making work in Bradford with an upcoming R&D in the pipeline. Remaining places will be allocated through random selection. 

We will confirm your place via email on Monday 13 March.

If you have any questions please email us at


About the facilitator

Mike Auger, Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Displace Yourself Theatre

Mike is Displace Yourself Theatre’s, Sanctuary Director. Having trained at East 15 Acting School and The Grotovski Institute in Poland, he now works as a choreographer, musician and physical theatre practitioner.

Mike has created and performed in multiple performances with Displace Yourself and worked with companies such as Kneehigh, Riding Lights, Odd Doll, Uncanny, Told by an Idiot and Mind the Gap. Mike helped secure the European BeSpectACTive commission for the company, which saw him touring the theatre production ‘Food for Thought’ to Hungary and Italy in 2017. Mike is also an experienced artistic facilitator, holding creative spaces for people who are isolated or displaced.

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Mike designs and performs all the sound and music for DYT’s shows, and is interested in how music can be generated organically throughout the creation process. Mike’s R&D process is holistic and involves working collaboratively with people across all art forms, to generate a fully rounded piece.

Bursaries, access and travel costs

As with all our development programmes, we have bursaries and access funds available to make these opportunities as accessible to as many people as possible. You will be asked about your financial support requirements upon offer of a place on the course.

Bursaries: a contribution towards your time to enable you to attend when you may otherwise be working. You can claim up to £75 for this full-day session.

Access costs: additional costs you may have to enable you to attend; things like disability support, BSL interpretation, translation, or childcare.

Travel costs: the cost of travel to our events ideally using public transport. If you need to take a taxi, please get in touch with us to let us know as we’ll need to approve this in advance.

We do not means-test or ask you to prove that you need this financial support, but where possible we need to agree in advance on what costs we will cover, and you will need to provide receipts to claim costs back from us. Please only apply for these if you need to, as this will ensure we can provide funds to those who really need them.

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