Nick Bagnall will be hosting a limited Masterclass workshop for 20 people, held via Zoom.  

Nick will look at two extracts from Entertaining Mr Sloane and The Ruffian on the Stair by Joe Orton, and excavate and analyse what makes these plays have such power. Orton’s work is furiously funny and sharp as a knife. Why does this writer still pack a punch?  

Nick directed Entertaining Mr Sloane in the West End with Imelda Staunton and Matthew Horne in 2009.

If you’d like the opportunity to take part in this Zoom workshop, please email with the subject heading BAGNALL. Please include your photo, CV and a telephone number. Applications to attend close at 1pm, Tuesday 7 July.

The extracts that Nick will be discussing are as follows:

Entertaining Mr Sloane - Ed & Sloane

The Ruffian on the Stair - Joyce

Please read over the attached scenes and familiarise yourself with the plays.

If you have been chosen to take part, you will be notified by Tuesday 7 July and sent the invitation to join the Zoom session.

If you are selected, but find out that you are unable to attend, please let us know ASAP.

About Nick

Nick trained at the Guildhall as an actor and has worked extensively in most major theatres in the country. He was formerly joint Artistic Director of The Milton Rooms and Associate Director of the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse between 2014 and 2019.

His many theatre credits include Sweeney Todd, The Conquest of the South Pole, Romeo & Juliet, A Clockwork Orange, The Big I Am - a reimagining of Peer Gynt, The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Electric Hills (Liverpool Everyman), Edward II, Love Labour’s Lost, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3, The Death of King Arthur, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Shakespeare’s Globe), I am Not Myself These Days (Edinburgh & UK Tour), The Last Days of Troy, Britannia Waves the Rules (Royal Exchange, Manchester), A Christmas Fair, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Milton Rooms, Malton), Fragile (Belgrade Theatre), Betrayal (Crucible Theatre), A Separate Reality (Royal Court), By Jeeves (Landor), Billy Liar (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Guys and Dolls (Arts Theatre, Cambridge), Entertaining Mr Sloane (Trafalgar Studios), Burning Cars (Hampstead Theatre), Mongoose (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh), Promises and Lies (Birmingham Rep), Bolthole, ‘Low Dat (The Door, Birmingham Rep) and The Ruffian on The Stair (Old Red Lion).

To attend this Masterclass, you need to apply by following the instructions above.