HR Forum – In Their Shoes – Building a Stronger Team

Course Summary

This participatory taster session will utilise theatrical techniques and improvisation skills to generate trust and positive communication within a team in a practical and supportive atmosphere.

“Improvisation connects you with people…it teaches you to recover quickly after a set-back. It will make you a better listener… a better salesperson… a better leader” Matt Wohlfarth in Forbes.

Each of the Tin Whistle professional development courses are designed to support and develop delegates influence in the workplace and, in turn, their organisation’s impact in the wider marketplace.

The Tin Whistle team of professional actors and trainers use drama school training principles to engage and stimulate delegates in a supportive yet challenging environment.


The underpinning values of great teamwork will be explored in a fun and engaging environment.

Topics will include:

  • Teamwork and Trust
  • Effective Communication
  • Empathy
  • Personal Boundaries

Tutor Profile

Oliver Bailey-Davies, Artistic Director, Tin Whistle

Oliver trained at The Academy Drama school studying acting and the teachings of Viola Spolin, an American Improvisation legend where he received The Stage Newspaper scholarship. After graduating he co-founded ‘Show Don't Tell’ Theatre Company that produced work in London as well as touring the UK in a variety of No.1 shows. He went on to work for many well established Theatre in Education companies as well as 1-2-1 coaching in schools supporting young people with complex behavioural and emotional needs. He is a passionate and experienced actor-facilitator with a drive to create meaningful and impactful performance opportunities. Since living in Guernsey Oliver has worked as an Associate Lecturer in Performing Arts for the College of Further Education as well as being a project worker for the Hub where he established an LGBT+ youth group. He was also one of the original Improbables performers, an improvisation group directed by Sarah Hansmann-Rouxel. Oliver believes that the performing arts, particularly improvisation techniques, can transform people’s lives and provide them with the freedom to explore their true selves.

Vanessa Mee, Innovation and Education

Vanessa’s first job after graduating was at The English Touring Theatre where she was responsible for designing and delivering outreach and education packages to accompany artistic productions. From here she trained and qualified as a teacher and has spent almost twenty years lecturing in the Further Education sector. Vanessa is currently a lecturer in performing arts where she specialises in devising physical theatre and playwriting, in addition to this she leads the Level 5 professional teacher training programme at Guernsey College of Further Education. Vanessa has written specialist courses for Keynote Educational in the UK delivering national professional development for teachers and trainers. She has recently trained with The Royal Shakespeare Company in ‘Teaching Shakespeare’.

Course at a Glance

  • Next Start Date: 29 September 2020
  • CPD Points: 0
  • Course Cost: Free
  • Course Length: One hour (12:30-13:30)
  • Location: GTA University Centre, Guernsey
  • Tutor: Oliver Bailey-Davies


A willingness to take part in practical and kinaesthetic exercises.

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