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CREATIVE LEARNING PROGRAMME 2018

01473 295930 wolseytheatre.co.uk

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WELCOME TO CREATIVE LEARNING AT THE NEW WOLSEY THEATRE.

Every season we offer a series of workshops, projects and access to touring productions. These are created to meet the needs of students, teachers and schools – with activity designed to support the English, Drama, PHSE curriculums, SMSC requirements and beyond. This brochure lists our core offering, with workshops that are available all year round and can be adapted to fit a specific project or subject. Throughout the year we will also be offering production specific workshops and opportunities to work with professional artists visiting the New Wolsey Theatre, so do make sure you are on our mailing list to stay up to date with our latest news. Thanks to continued support from Suffolk County Council and our sponsors Larking Gowen we’re able to keep charges to a minimum, so read on to find out more about the many ways you can get involved and get in touch. Rob Salmon Associate Director

GET IN TOUCH WITH US TO DISCUSS ANY SPECIFIC REQUESTS, AS WE ARE HAPPY TO OFFER BESPOKE EXPERIENCES FOR YOUR STUDENTS.

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CONTENTS In these pages you will find some brilliant ways to get your students involved in the arts! PAGE 4

BACKSTAGE TOURS AND INDUSTRY DAYS

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STAGE COMBAT

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BLOOD, GUTS AND GORE – THEATRICAL MAKE-UP

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DRAMA CLUB

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PLAY IN A DAY

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STAGING SHAKESPEARE’S STORIES

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SPECIALIST CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT

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RAISING ASPIRATIONS

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EMPLOYABILITY AND FUTURES

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YOUTH THEATRE

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YOUNG COMPANY

THINGS TO NOTE: • All our costs are subject to VAT • Most of our workshops are designed to be at least an hour in length, but we will be flexible to fit in with your timetabling. • All of our workshops are for a class sized group unless otherwise stated New Wolsey Theatre is proud to be working in partnership with schools and settings on their Artsmark Award journey. By supporting Artsmark settings, we’re helping put the arts at the heart of education, inspiring young people to create, experience and participate in high quality arts and culture.

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“Inspired me to go into the industry” Student

“This has identified a post 16 path for several – thanks!” Teacher

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Looking for careers advice for your students? We can help you fulfil the new Ofsted requirements for the Department of Education’s new Careers Strategy.

BACKSTAGE TOURS Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes in a busy producing theatre? Our extensive tour will take you from stage door to fly floor, backstage, substage and everywhere in between. You’ll get to see what is involved in getting a show ready for an audience, and we’ll even reveal some of the tricks of the trade. £2.50 per student At the theatre KS1-5

INDUSTRY DAYS Bring your students to the theatre to find out first-hand how a professional theatre operates. A half day visit includes a backstage tour and the opportunity to meet some staff, find out what they do and how they got to where they are now. Our full day offer includes an additional two hour theatre making workshop. A brilliant way to explore career pathways in the arts with your students! £250 full day £120 half day At the theatre KS3-5

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STAGE COMBAT An energetic and physical workshop designed to uncover the mystery of stage combat. Perfect for use in school plays or GCSE or A Level exam pieces. Learn the techniques of stage fighting from trained professionals who will show you the tricks of the trade safely. Students will have the opportunity to choreograph a short unarmed fight sequence in connection to a piece of text £150 At the theatre or in your school KS2-5

“As entertaining as it was informative. This is an experience that will enrich a student’s appreciation for, and ability to create, dramatic scenes that feature stage fights.” Jack Lang, Practitioner

THIS PROJECT CAN BE: • A skills masterclass for students studying GCSE/A Level/BTEC • A specialist workshop for Drama Clubs and Youth Theatres • Tailored to a specific subject such as Shakespeare or contemporary theatre

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BLOOD, GUTS & GORE A brilliantly-bloody, fantastically-frightful workshop in the art of gory theatrical effects. Students will learn the secret of creating realistic looking wounds, bruises and scars. They will also explore what stage blood tastes like…and get the recipe to make their own! Expect black eyes, bloody noses, terrified passers-by, suspicious looks and loads of fun! £120 At the theatre or in your school KS3-5

“Very good, very disgusting, and VERY useful!” Student

“Groups of all ages love getting stuck in with the gross bits! The group learns about the origins of stage make up and techniques to create high quality special effects – from bruises, gashes and wounds to sweaty foreheads and bloodshot eyes!” Lorna Garside, Practitioner

THIS PROJECT CAN BE: • An end of term treat • A masterclass for higher level students or theatrical/film make-up students • Skills development for your own performances

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DRAMA CLUB A six week project for a class sized group to explore theatre as an artform. This introductory series develops students’ theatrical awareness and skills, and gives them the creative language to develop new stories, characters and ideas. Importantly, students will take ownership and authorship over the stories that they create, enabling complete investment and commitment in the process. The project culminates in a sharing of ideas or a short performance at school for friends and family. £350 for 6 workshops In your school KS1-4

“My group learnt how valuable teamwork really is!” Teacher

“He has gained confidence and his attitude has improved” Parent

“I’m not so scared about standing up in front of people” Student

THIS PROJECT: • Builds confidence • Encourages the development of vocabulary, speaking and listening, soft and presentation skills • Develops team work and negotiation skills • Can be used as a creative offering for schools no longer delivering GCSE or A Level Drama/Theatre Studies

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PLAY IN A DAY A fantastic opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the creative process and spend an entire day responding to a classic text or devising a brand new piece of theatre. Guided by our expert practitioners, students will work together to realise their ideas. This will develop their theatrical awareness and lead them to discover new ways of making contemporary theatre. We will facilitate the culmination of their work into a whole performance, which can be presented to an invited audience of fellow students, friends and family at the end of the day. We can also offer discounted tickets to stay on and see a production that evening, subject to availability. £10/ head At the theatre or in your school KS1-5

“Clear stages of development, great teamwork options and superb opportunities for self-awareness and self-improvement” Teacher

“Brilliant that it was all their own ideas” Parent

THIS PROJECT CAN BE USED FOR: • Development of vocabulary, speaking & listening, confidence, presentation and soft skills • GCSE/A Level/BTEC devised performance

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STAGING SHAKESPEARE’S STORIES A lively workshop designed to engage young audiences with Shakespeare’s stories. Students will explore what makes Shakespeare’s plays so exciting and still relevant to today, while breaking down some of the barriers around the language, which so many young people find alienating. Using their own ideas, students will explore narrative and character to bring one of Shakespeare’s plays to life. £80 At school KS2-3

“Shakespeare is awesome!” Student

“You’ve made Shakespeare accessible and exciting for our students” Teacher

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STORYMAKER Do your students love stories? This workshop is perfect for younger children with big imaginations who enjoy both listening to and making their own stories. Students will be read a story as a whole group before creating their very own tales through imaginative play. They will be encouraged to create characters and will be guided through basic storytelling structure to bring their ideas to life. The workshop will end with a sharing of their own stories. Speak to us about incorporating stories or ideas that your students are currently studying. £80 At school KS1

“Very inspiring!” Teacher

“Stories make me feel great!” Student

“Wonderful to see our students experiencing stories in such an engaging way” Teacher THIS PROJECT CAN: • Promote creative thinking • Boost confidence and presentation skills • Develop team working, negotiation, speaking & listening skills

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SPECIALIST CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT We can offer an expert view on your creative projects by starting from scratch on a fresh idea, or working with an existing concept to further develop students’ performance skills. We will provide you with a professional theatre maker who will come and give guidance for in-school productions, exam pieces, CPD opportunities or anything else which will enhance theatre making and creative practice within the school environment. £40/ hour At school KS1-5

“Brilliant for our GCSE students to refresh their approach to their practical exam and discover fresh theatre making methods” Teacher

“It’s been wonderful to see some of the shyest students create some brilliant new stories” Teacher

THIS PROJECT CAN BE USED FOR: • GCSE/A Level/BTEC final performances • End of term school productions • Theatre making skills workshops • Devised or scripted performances

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RAISING ASPIRATIONS A six week project for 6 – 12 students to develop their confidence and selfbelief, and empower participants to be motivated and confident in school and in their futures. We will create a safe environment in which students will be encouraged to be themselves, taking time away from the curriculum to explore their concerns, while still at school. Workshops will include both discussion and practical exercises that are designed to motivate, challenge, inspire and allow students to be honest and open up about their lives. We will take participants through activities which will encourage them to take small risks in putting themselves forward. Week by week, each small risk will result in an increase in confidence. £350 for 6 workshops At school KS2-5

“This has made me more confident when putting my hand up in class” Student

“Attitude towards going to school has improved” Parent

“Our students have found their voices” Teacher THIS PROJECT CAN: • Raise ambitions • Inspire creative futures • Encourage literacy skills • Increase confidence

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EMPLOYABILITY & FUTURES Looking for careers advice for your students? We can help you fulfil the new Ofsted requirements for the Department of Education’s new Careers Strategy. For young people who are about to leave school or college and may be thinking about further education or employment options. This practical workshop will use theatrical games and exercises to develop participants’ employability and presentation skills, preparing them for interviews and the world of work. A fantastic boost in confidence for any students who may be feeling unsure about their futures! £80

“This made me think more positively about my future” Student

“You can hear students talking about their futures and what they want to achieve. There is a good buzz from the class!” Teacher THIS PROJECT CAN: • Develop confidence and aspiration • Increase soft skills ready for the workplace • Contribute towards Ofsted SMSC and Careers requirements

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CPD We can run a CPD in your school!

GAMES AND EXERCISES FOR EVERY CLASSROOM Discover games and theatre exercises that can be delivered in a classroom space, and which develop core presentation, literacy and soft skills. In addition these games can focus on mathematical shapes, historical events and characters or the creative delivery of the SMSC Requirements.

MAKING THEATRE WITH YOUNG PEOPLE (KS1 & 2) Find out how to make theatre with primary aged students, from the initial idea to the building blocks of performance all the way through to the finished product, while always giving them the ownership of the work. This can be connected to any element of the curriculum.

THEATRE DIRECTING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE (KS3-5) Delve into directing and discover fresh techniques and approaches for making theatre with young people. You will be given some practical devices to use when directing from a text, ways to collaborate with your students, and inspiration and ideas to take you from first rehearsal to opening night. £80

“Fantastic hands on approach” “Loved the pace and energy – I feel invigorated!” “This re-energised my commitment to drama” Teachers

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AUDITIONS 2019 If you want to make new friends and learn all about theatre by playing games and telling stories, our weekly Youth Theatre workshops are a great place to start. You’ll even get to perform on the New Wolsey stage as part of the annual Youth Perform! Festival. The Junior Youth Theatre meets at the weekends to play games, make plays and learn about theatre, and the Senior Youth Theatre meets during the week to develop their skills and understanding as theatre makers. JUNIOR YOUTH THEATRE • Age: 7-11 • Audition dates: Sat 5 Jan 2019

We offer OPEN ACCESS WORKSHOPS for anyone who wants to see what we do and try it out:

• Age: 11-16 • Audition dates: Sat 5 & Sun 6 Jan 2019

• Sat 8 Sep 2018 • Junior Youth Theatre 2pm-3.30pm • Senior Youth Theatre 4pm-6pm

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RELAXED AUDITION

• For young people with additional needs • Age: 11-20 • Meet the practitioner – no formal auditions for this group, just a chance to meet the practitioner and find out what to expect from the group • When: Fri 4 Jan 2019

• For anyone interested in joining any of our groups who may benefit for a calmer environment. Our Relaxed auditions are the same as other auditions, but with a lot less people in the room! • Fri 4 Jan 2019

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REGISTER ONLINE AT: WOLSEYTHEATRE.CO.UK/AUDITION OR CALL: 01473 295930 26 CREATIVE LEARNING


Every year there are 30 places for young theatre makers to work together as a performance company to present 3 major productions, to develop their skills and understanding of theatre practice through weekly workshops, and to use theatre to change the world for the better! We make a mixture of original and existing work that’s presented at the New Wolsey Studio, New Wolsey theatre and beyond. YOUNG COMPANY

SHORT COURSES 2018

• Age: 16-22 year olds • Production: Spring/Summer/ Autumn • Membership £50 a year • Audition date: Sun 6 Jan 2019

• We run short courses in various aspects of the theatre for anyone aged 16-25. Places are free but limited, so please get in touch to register your interest.

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AUDITIONS 2019 If you’re serious about a career as a professional theatre maker, the acclaimed New Wolsey Young Company is an ideal stepping stone on to the top drama schools, universities or even as a direct route into employment in the performing arts.

YOUNG TECHNICIANS • Introductory – you don’t need any previous experience, just come along and have a go! • Learn about sound, lighting, set design, prop making and stage management and technical theatre roles. • Weekly sessions: Thursday 6.30pm-8.30pm • 4, 11, 18 Oct / 1, 8, 15 Nov

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If you would like to book or find out more about any of the activities listed here, give us a call or email us using the details below:

Tony Casement

Sian Thomas

Head of Creative Learning

Creative Learning Producer

Email: tcasement@wolseytheatre.co.uk

Email: sthomas@wolseytheatre.co.uk

Telephone: 01473 295930

Telephone: 01473 295930

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Creative Learning Programme 2018  

Every season we offer a series of workshops, projects and access to touring productions. Browse our core offering here!

Creative Learning Programme 2018  

Every season we offer a series of workshops, projects and access to touring productions. Browse our core offering here!

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