the methodology

WoLab provides emerging performance makers the opportunity to try their ideas out.

Our methodology is based on connecting with the body's natural impulses. Through grounding techniques, physical and vocal training and improvisation, we are able to activate our emotions and expand our imagination. This leads to having a real ownership of text, and a heightened realisation of who the character is. Through ensemble work, the rehearsal process offers exercises that connect with the body's senses and subconscious desires, creating work that is reactive and not prescriptive. The goal is to create performance that is raw and authentic.

photo credit: Tammana Begum

"You are required to search and probe the uncomfortable; to play with danger and the limits of your own capabilities. It's a feeling unlike any other, it's truly magical." - Alex Britt

"The supportive, safe, risk-taking space that Alistair creates is electric; I’d encourage everyone to jump at the chance to work with him and WoLab." - Lizzie Manwaring

"The brilliance of a WoLab workshop resides in its purpose. Alistair weaves physicality and ensemble practice with great confidence and clarity." - Jimmy O'Donovan

"A space to be playful, experiment, and explore. Alistair encourages actors to let go of thought and live in the moment." - Mia Georgis

the team

Alistair Wilkinson - Artistic Director

Alistair is a theatre practitioner from Manchester, now based in East London. He received his undergraduate from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and completed an MA in 'Text and Performance' at RADA/Birkbeck. He is an associate for NYT, a visiting lecturer at various drama schools, and also regularly facilitates drama-based workshops in schools, PRUs, young offending institutes, elderly care homes and refugee centres. Alistair is also a writer and is currently under commission to various theatres and arts organisations.

Rachel Moore - Dramaturg

Rachel is a dramaturg, facilitator, theatre maker, performer, illustrator, voiceover artist, writer; general creative from London. She likes to have her fingers in many (vegan) pies. She originally trained as an actor with NYT on their social inclusion course 'Playing Up', as well as at RCSSD and The Actors Class. Rachel also works within participatory art contexts and outreach settings for various arts organisations throughout London.

projects in development

Music’ - vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.’

From the company that brought you the critically adored Man-Cub, WoLab present PlayList: an event bringing together a collective of performance makers, giving them an opportunity to try their ideas out.

Prospective playwrights had the following task:

‘Write a short play, scene or monologue inspired by a song that means something to you. You can choose any theme, however the piece has to be the same length as the song that inspired it.’

19 writers have been chosen to tell stories that provoke, challenge and inspire. Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Frank Ocean, P!nk, PJ Harvey and Tracy Chapman are just a few of the artists that have inspired the selection. Join WoLab as we press PLAY.

Tickets are available via this link:

Other projects in development include:

Going Under

blue leaves ~


Man-Cub (for film)



"An honest expression of wonder and adrenaline." - WhatsOnStage

For Man-Cub we were fortunate to meet and audition a lot of exciting actors, but then it was important to find a group of individuals that could work together as an ensemble. We formed a group in which different energies would be allowed to flourish. It wasn’t necessarily about writing a play, but creating an environment for material to be generated. We needed actors that were not afraid to question, and it was important to cast performers who were intelligent and impulsive – people who could react to what’s going on in the room and be able to play and explore. The actors involved themselves in the discussions, so much so that the characters were bespoke tailor made to them – which created an exciting feeling on stage.

photo credit: Tammana Begum / Andrew James Photography


We at WoLab find enthusiasm contagious and love hearing from people who want to just have a go. Please see below for the relevant contact details.


General enquiries

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