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How might we take a fleeting moment from our lives, one that holds personal meaning or interest, and abstract it in a way that opens it up to others? 


Drawing on her experience as a performer – deviser, artist Soraya Nabipour will initiate a playful workshop to support participants in creating their own performance vignettes, and to explore what it means to blur the lines between reality/fiction; authenticity/artifice; realism/documentary; presence/absence. 

Through the application of experimental performance techniques, Soraya will examine how even the most mundane moments and simplest exchanges hold potential to open up new levels of creative expression and exchange between performer and spectator.

Our New Tricks workshops aim to demystify the tools and techniques used by artists to set participants on a path of creative exploration.


This event will take place on the ground floor of our building and is wheelchair accessible. There are accessible toilets on the same floor. If you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to improve your visit please email

Suitable for beginners aged 14+


Soraya Nabipour is a performer, theatremaker, and facilitator. Her practice is rooted in non-traditional performance and participatory art.

Soraya has worked in a variety of community theatre and drama education contexts, including work with experimental theatre company Forced Entertainment, helping to set up their participation programme for young people.

Her work as a performer/deviser with experimental performance companies New York City Players and The Wooster Group brought her to venues including the ICA, London, The Kitchen, New York, and the Triennale Milano.

As a screen actor, Soraya has worked with critically acclaimed film director Shane Meadows, both on the BBC drama The Gallows Pole (2022), and on the two-hander short film Normal (2024).

Soraya holds a practice-based PhD in experimental performance and visual art.

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