Blog - RTYDS / Day 2: Matthew Xia made them work!

Work, work, work, work, work, work

Mathew made them work, work, work, work, work, work Tuesday morning was all about Matthew Xia (Associate Artistic Director, Royal Exchange, Manchester) and textual analysis.

In his intro he spoke of his interest in making work about marginalised people and stories. He talked about how he saw his role as a director, as that of an enabler, helping others to tell their stories.

His session focused on his process of fully understanding a text before getting creative with it; the process of pulling out all of the facts. He shared many tools with the group: from unpicking the title of a play; to re-reading a text several times looking for more clues and patterns – almost seeing it as detective work. Scrutinising a text in a 360 degree fashion means you know its world inside out which is a powerful position to be in when talking to fellow creatives and working with actors.

Cheryl led an afternoon where the group created a universe; wrote about the funniest thing that had ever happened to them and then directed one another’s; and a session on transitions (the wipe, the bleed, the breath). They are learning so much.

Quote of the day: “You can’t eat a chicken whole”



Slate & Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme are running a week-long Introduction to Directing course in Sheffield for Black directors, 24-28 Jul 2017.